Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Prediction: Tottenham vs Burnley

Verdict: Tottenham win & Heung-Min Son to score anytime

Best Odds: 1/1

Bookmaker: Unibet

Looking to build off of their stunning display from earlier in the week, Tottenham will welcome Burnley to north London on Sunday lunchtime.

Tottenham

Starting with the hosts, putting in a stunning display as they stormed their way to north London bragging rights earlier in the week, the mood in Tottenham’s camp will be at a red-hot high. Eventually breezing their way to a 3-0 romp against their bitter local rivals, Antonio Conte’s men now have their sights set on making a late charge for the top-four. With a Champions League return firmly at the top of their agenda, the one-time Chelsea boss will know that victory here would see them temporarily leapfrog the Gunners. Also impressing at Anfield last weekend as they played out a 1-1 draw against title contenders Liverpool, Conte’s side have now lost just one of their previous nine outings. Looking to lay down another marker on Sunday, fans around north London will be calling on attacking talisman Heung-Min Son to spearhead their charge on home soil. Once again finding the net against Arsenal in midweek, the South Korean ace has racked up nine goals in just his last eight domestic contests.

Team News

Missing out against Arsenal earlier in the week, Tottenham are still sweating over the fitness of key defender Cristian Romero.

Likewise, Spurs will once again be without the quartet of Sergio Reguilon, Oliver Skipp, Japhet Tanganga and Matt Doherty on Sunday lunchtime.

Burnley

As for the visitors, putting in what was a flat display at Turf Moor last weekend and missing out on what they would have earmarked as a real chance, Burnley will be seeking an immediate response here. Nevertheless, despite eventually getting hit with a 3-1 loss at home against Aston Villa last time out, the Clarets have enjoyed an immediate boost under interim boss Mike Jackson. Getting the post-Sean Dyche tenure off on a four-match unbeaten run last month, Sunday’s guests have also managed to find a route out of the drop zone. However, making the trip to north London on Sunday with just their goal difference keeping them outside the bottom-three, it should be noted that Burnley have continued to struggle on the road this season. Aside from picking up a 2-1 victory against Watford in their last appearance away from Turf Moor, that is only the second Premier League away win that Jackson’s temporary squad have picked up this campaign.

Team News

In what could be a real blow for Burnley and their charge for survival, James Tarkowski is a major doubt after limping off against Aston Villa last weekend.

The Clarets will also be without the trio of Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Ashley Westwood and Matej Vydra in north London.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides faced off at Turf Moor back on February 23rd, Burnley picked up a 1-0 victory.
    • However, that is just the second victory that they have picked up against Tottenham from their previous 16 attempts.
    • Tottenham have won five of their last six matchups on home soil, bagging over 2.5 goals in each of those victories.
    • Burnley have managed to pick up just a pair of away victories throughout the 2021/22 campaign.
    • Heung-Min Son has racked up nine goals in just his last eight domestic contests.

    Conclusion

    Laying down a real marker earlier in the week with that stunning 3-0 win against Arsenal in the north London derby, Tottenham will be desperate to build off of that momentum here. With their sights now firmly set on booking a Champions League return this season, Conte’s side will be looking to cash in on a Burnley squad who are battling it out at the foot of the table. Coming off the back of a 3-1 drumming at home against Aston Villa last week, the Clarets face a huge task here. Likewise, with the red-hot Heung-Min Son only continuing on a remarkable free-scoring run after bagging nine goals in his last eight domestic appearances, we’re backing the one-time Bayer Leverkusen man to extend on his tally here.

    Verdict: Tottenham win & Heung-Min Son to score anytime

    Best Odds: 1/1

    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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