|DATE||Sunday 5th April 2015|
With an international break behind the two clubs, it will be
interesting to see how it affects the respective games of the two
sides. Burnley had gained points off Chelsea with a draw and a
win over Manchester City, with Tottenham getting back to winning
ways after a defeat at Old Trafford, with a victory over Burnley's
relegation rivals Leicester City. And with results elsewhere
on Saturday going for Spurs and against Burnley, it means that there
is a lot to play for for both sides.
Sean Dyche has done very well on a limited budget with the promoted side, but the Clarets have suffered with the depth of resources of other clubs. Some star performers have come to light, with Danny Ings being the name touted for both England honours and a move to a bigger Premier League club. Others who have done well are George Boyd, who had previous PL experience and has chipped in with five goals as has Ashley Barnes, who recently took the headlines as Jose Mourinho's bete noire.
Tom Heaton has not performed the heroics he did at Cardiff City to help them stay up and goalkeeping duties have been shared with Matt Wilks. Both keeper have been kept busy, but need to be at their best to keep everything out. The defence in front of them work hard, with Ben Mee at centre half playing well and Kieran Trippier keen to attack from full back, but the likes of Michael Duff, Steven Reid, Jason Shackell and and Stephen Ward are all relying on their experience rather than their legs at this stage of their careers.
Our former midfielder Dean Marney is also reaching the latter end of his career, but he is as fit as ever and chases every shadow and every lost cause. Matthew Taylor and David Jones have played many game sin the Prem, but have seen better days, leaving the likes of Scott Arfield, Michael Kightly and the above mentioned Boyd and Marney to make things happen from midfield. Ross Wallace is a good dead ball expert, but is another who is playing out his Premier League days. There is not enough variety in the middle of the park and that have a bearing on their low goals scored tally.
Ings has done well with nine goals with few chances made for him each match, but Barnes alongside him is a player who is physical and can score from any angle, so Michel Vorm will need to be on his toes, as he had to be a couple of times against Leicester last time out. Sam Vokes is back from injury and was a regular scorer for Wolverhampton Wanderers before his move to Turf Moor, being good in the air and a decent player with the ball at his feet too. Marvin Sordell has had few opportunities in the first eleven, but did score a cracker in the FA Cup replay at the Lane earlier this season and if he gets on the pitch, he needs to be watched, as he can run at players to commit them. The other option up top is Lucas Jutkiewicz, who is a strong target man, who Ings could play off, as he does Barnes. Jutkiewicz scored goals at Coventry City and Middlesbrough, but has been knocking around for a long time now and hasn't been a goal-scoring fixture at any of the clubs he has been with.
All eyes will be on Harry Kane to see how teams deal with him and I am sure there would have been a lot of attention paid to the Italian tactics employed to stop him. Not all were legal and not all worked, as he dealt with the situation well and without getting worked up. However, the Burnley manager will have a plan to prevent Kane getting into goal-scoring positions, but he might not be able to do so for the whole game, so it will be a question of how many chances come Harry's way and how many he takes. What that does is leave others to make the most of the attention being on our man of the moment. If they double up on Kane, that should leave space for others. If they close him down quickly, a quick lay-off could put another white shirt through. If they get too close and foul around the area, that gives Christian Eriksen a chance from a dead ball situation.
Spurs will need to dictate the game and with a fast start, as they had against Leicester, this will draw Burnley out as they need to get something from their home games. Such a situation could play into Tottenham's hands, as they can pick the home team off on the break, but they need to work hard to establish that position where they can run the game they want (game management I think they call it now). SO, maybe Kane won't be on the score-sheet for once, but the side should go on to record a win that could potentially take them into fifth position, if they approach the game with the right attitude.
We can't afford slip-ups and
while Burnley will be going for the jugular, a controlled
performance, such as the one at West Brom or QPR, should see the
three points heading White Hart Lane way.
|PREDICTION||Burnley 1 Tottenham Hotspur 3|
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HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Roberto Soldado faces a late fitness test on his injured knee and Hugo Lloris is ruled out with his knee injury, so Michel Vorm will start in goal.
|BURNLEY TEAM NEWS :|
available on BBC radio, it can supposedly be heard
in these countries on these stations ...
|Burnley 0 (0) Tottenham Hotspur
Sunday 5th April 2015 Kick off 13:30
Trippier (foul on Rose) 68
Mee (foul on Lamela) 78
|Crowd : 18,829||Weather : Sunny, warm|
|Referee : Martin Atkinson (W. Yorkshire)||Assistant Referees : Mr. M. Mullarkey; Mr. S. Child|
|Fourth Official : Robert Madley||-|
|Spurs kicked off and played towards the Jimmy McIlroy end in the first half.|
|Game time : - 90+6 minutes.|
|Burnley :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
1 Tom HEATON
10 Danny INGS
Kyle WALKER (33
Ben DAVIES 47)
|Manager : Sean Dyche||Manager : Mauricio Pochettino|
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|Kit Supplier : Puma||Kit Supplier : Under Armour|
Tottenham's tepid performance on a hot day in Burnley consigned any faint hopes of a Champions League placing in the Premier League table and kept Burnley's faint hopes of Premier League survival alive with the 0-0 draw helping neither club in achieving their aims.
After his fine couple of
weeks with a hat-trick for Spurs and a debut goal for England, Harry
Kane was handed the captain's armband, with just a couple of changes
as Michel Vorm took the gloves, Vlad Chirches replaced the ill Jan
Vertonghen and Paulinho replaced Andros Townsend in midfield.
It is a little known fact
that the ground where Burnley play their football was once an area
that was bereft of grass, until they turfed the moor ... giving
their stadium it's current name.
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|Other scores during this week :|
|Leicester City||2||West Ham United||1||Saturday|
|Manchester United||3||Aston Villa||1||Saturday|
|Swansea City||3||Hull City||0||Saturday|
|West Bromwich Albion||1||QPR||4||Saturday|
|Crystal Palace||2||Manchester City||1||Monday|
|9||West Ham United||31||11||9||11||40||40||42||0|
|14||West Bromwich Albion||31||8||9||14||28||43||33||-15|
Position before match : 7th
Position after match : 6th
Position after the weekend : 6th
* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone will think so.
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