Burnley v Tottenham Betting Preview | 23rd December
In our Burnley v Tottenham betting preview we look at team news, potential line-ups, stats and facts, popular bets and more for Saturday’s Premier League clash.
Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur Preview
Venue: Turf Moor
To the majority of people, at this point in the season, to see this fixture as 6th taking on 7th would’ve been completely unfathomable. Burnley sit a point higher than their opponents in the table and so much credit has to go to gaffer Sean Dyche for getting his side organised, determined and well versed in the art of game management.
The Clarets come into this game on the back of 3 successive clean sheets, their defence has been impenetrable this season and it’s no surprise to hear the likes of Ben Mee, James Tarkowski and Nick Pope being mooted as a potential dark horses for the England squad. It’s worth noting that every single league game at Turf Moor this season has seen fewer than 3 goals scored. Dyche also has players who will run all day for him in the likes of Johan Berg Gudmunsson and Jack Cork, with the latter clocking up further miles on the pitch than anyone else in the league.
Spurs come into this clash after a 4-1 mauling at the Etihad last week, a game that showcased their weaknesses. Eric Dier was sloppy and Moussa Dembele looks a shadow of his former self. In fact, none of Spurs’ central midfielders look in any great form if you add Dele Alli and Harry Winks into the mix. Where they can hurt teams though is on the wings with full their full backs bombing on and in the final third they’re a threat with Christian Eriksen in between the lines and Harry Kane operating between the width of the posts. However, getting the ball in space in that final third could prove tough against a stubborn and well drilled Burnley midfield and backline.
Burnley will be without centre half James Tarkowski after he picked up a three match ban for an elbow on Glenn Murray at Brighton last week. Kevin Long has proved an able deputy in previous weeks and he should slot in. Experienced full back Stephen Ward is doubtful with a slight knee injury. Winger Robbie Brady and keeper Tom Heaton remain sidelined for the foreseeable future.
Tottenham are still without key players in the shape of Toby Alderweireld and Victor Wanyama, however they welcome back Davinson Sanchez from his personal three match ban. It will be interesting to see if Pochettino gives Erik Lamela a start after a few cameo appearances in recent weeks.
Potential Burnley Starting XI: Pope, Bardsley, Mee, Long, Taylor, Gudmunsson, Cork, Defour, Hendrick, Arfield, Wood.
Potential Tottenham Starting XI: Lloris, Trippier, Verthongen, Dier, Sanchez, Rose, Winks, Dembele, Alli, Eriksen, Kane.
Stats & Facts
- Burnley have only lost once by more than one goal this season, against Manchester City away.
- Only two league games this calendar year at Turf Moor have seen Over 2.5 goals land.
- Both sides are in the top 4 for amount of corners in games combined. Spurs games averaging 11.83 and Burnley games averaging 11.44.
- Burnley 13/2
- Draw 3/1
- Tottenham 8/15
- Under 2.5 goals – 1/1 (Blacktype)
- Burnley +1 Asian Handicap 49/50 (bet365). (Winner if Burnley avoid defeat, refund if Spurs win by 1 goal).
- Over 10.5 corners – 1/1 (Betfair)