Sunday 5th April 2015, Turf Moor. Live on Sky Sports 1. Kick-off 1:30pm.
It is the struggling versus the inconsistent at Turf Moor in Sunday’s lunchtime kick off as Burnley welcome Tottenham Hotspur.
The Clarets are deep in the relegation battle having won just one in nine league matches to sit 18th in the Premier League table. They were convincingly beaten before the international break, going down 2-0 at Southampton to sit one point short of safety.
Burnley have had a tough run of games lately with the visit of Spurs and, a week later, Arsenal completing a run of eight games against the current top eight clubs.
Team manager Sean Dyche has been impressed with his side’s performance and believes opponents know they are in for a difficult game when arriving at Turf Moor.
“We have had a run of games where people said we wouldn’t get a point. Well, we’ve got four and we want more,” the former Watford boss told burnleyfootballclub.com.
“I think opponents know we are willing to give everything to win a game. They know the energy and physical desire of the team and behind that, the people who are really in the know realise there is quality there.
“It makes for a good mix, but we know we need to win more games. We beat Manchester City, but we need more of that. Tottenham and Arsenal are certainly tough games, but we will be ready.”
Spurs’ chase for a Champions League berth is dwindling with them needing to bridge a six-point gap behind fourth-placed Manchester United with only eight games remaining.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side made tough work of their last three outings, losing to Man Utd while narrowly beating relegation threatened QPR and Leicester City, and he is expecting another difficult encounter on Sunday.
The 43-year-old Argentine told tottenhamhotspur.com; “We played a tough FA Cup game against Burnley, they are playing for their Premier League survival and we expect a very difficult game.
“I think Burnley are a very good team, it’s a strong team, very organised. We expect a very tough game.”
This will be the fourth meeting between the sides this term with Tottenham having won 2-1 at White Hart Lane earlier in the campaign before overcoming Sean Dyche’s outfit 4-2 on home soil in an FA Cup replay following a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor.
Despite Burnley’s precarious league position they have not been swept aside by more than two goals since November 1st, while Tottenham’s last four victories were by no more than a single strike.
I’m expecting a Spurs’ success but they rarely make it easy for themselves and they’ve also conceded in their last five road trips, so the North Londoners to win with both teams to score at 31/10 with 888 Sport is my top bet whilst I’ll also be on at 17/2 with Bet365 for Spurs to win 2-1.