Saturday, January 22, 2022

Prediction: Burnley vs Tottenham

Verdict: Both teams to score

Best Odds: 4/5

Bookmaker: Unibet

Desperate to immediately bounce back from their Conference League nightmare in midweek, Tottenham will make the trip to Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon when they face off against Burnley.

Burnley

Starting with the hosts, marking their return from November’s international break with an action-packed display at Turf Moor, Burnley would have been disappointed to have only picked up a point on home soil. Eventually having to settle for a 3-3 draw against an impressive Crystal Palace outfit, Head Coach Sean Dyche has been vocal about his side’s recent improvements. Heading into their fortnight break earlier in the month with a rugged point away at defending European champions Chelsea, the Clarets are unbeaten in each of their last four Premier League outings. Opening this weekend’s fixtures still sat two points adrift in the bottom-three, Burnley do appear to be finding their feet after a worrying start to the 2021/22 campaign. With their recent boost highlighted by a 3-1 victory against Premier League debutants Brentford on October 30th, Dyche could be smelling the chance for his side to cause an upset here.

Team News

In what is a real blow for Burnley this weekend, James Tarkowski and Ashley Westwood will serve a one-match suspension after picking up their fifth bookings against Crystal Palace.

While Ashley Barnes might be dealing with a knock, he is expected to feature on Sunday afternoon.

Tottenham

As for the visitors, putting in what was a woeful display earlier in the week, Antonio Conte suddenly finds Tottenham’s European ambitions hanging by a thread. Suffering a stunning last-gasp 2-1 defeat away at Slovenian outfit Mura on Thursday evening, Spurs’ new boss made it clear about all the problems he must sort out in north London. Although the Lilywhites might have mounted a comeback as they secured a much-needed 2-1 win at home against Leeds when returning from the international break last weekend, Sunday’s guests have only continued to gain a reputation for their inconsistencies. Tipped as a real outsider in the race to clinch a top-four finish this season, the ex-Inter Milan coach will also have a real headache over his side’s glaring problems at the back. Including that shock defeat on foreign soil in midweek, Spurs have managed to record just a pair of clean sheets from any of their previous 16 matchups across all formats.

Team News

Dealing with what appears to be a long-term injury issue, big-money summer arrival Cristian Romero will once again be missing this weekend.

Likewise, Giovani Lo Celso is not expected to feature at Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon.

Key Factors to Consider

    • Including their 2-1 defeat against Mura in midweek, Tottenham have recorded just a pair of clean sheets in any of their last 16 matchups across all formats.
    • Burnley are unbeaten in their last four Premier League matchups, recording three draws and a win.
    • Likewise, each of those four Premier League contests have finished with both teams finding the net.
    • Tottenham have lost just one of their previous eight trips to Turf Moor.
    • Summer arrival Maxwel Cornet has recorded five goals in his last seven outings for Burnley.

    Conclusion

    Coming off the back of their shock 2-1 defeat against Mura out in Slovenia in midweek, Burnley could be smelling the chance to cause another upset on Sunday afternoon. Unbeaten in their last four Premier League contests, Sean Dyche’s side should be looking to test what is a leaky Spurs defence. Managing to muster just a pair of clean sheets from any of their last 16 straight contests across all formats, Tottenham could face a tough test at Turf Moor. With the Clarets playing out an action-packed 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace when returning from the international break, neutrals will be hoping for a similar lively affair here.

    Verdict: Both teams to score

    Best Odds: 4/5

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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