PL PREVIEW: Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley
London calling again for Burnley's happy travellers
The Clarets head to Tottenham looking to continue their new-found fondness for the capital.
It wasn’t so long ago that Burnley’s trips to London were invariably fruitless days out.
The Clarets had won just four of their previous 31 games in the city (and lost nine and drawn one of their last 10 Premier League fixtures) before winning at Crystal Palace in June.
And since then, Sean Dyche’s men have won four of their last six league games in the capital – as well as cup ties at Millwall and Fulham – and collected three points in London last time with a superb 3-0 win at Palace earlier this month.
Visits to Spurs have not been so fruitful, whether that’s at White Hart Lane, Wembley or the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with the Clarets last winning a top-flight game at Tottenham in October 1974.
But Dyche’s side has broken long winless sequences at both Arsenal and Liverpool (dating back to the same year) this season and will be looking to make it a notable hat-trick at Tottenham.
Saturday’s results saw both Brighton and Newcastle fail to catch the Clarets in 15th place in the table.
And a win at mid-table Tottenham would take Burnley above Southampton – who play at Everton on Monday night – and potentially further clear of the bottom three as 18th-placed Fulham, currently six points behind, face a London derby at Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon.
The Clarets are likely to have top scorer Chris Wood available after six games out with a hamstring injury, but fellow forward Ashley Barnes remains sidelined with a thigh injury.
Midfielder Dale Stephens also returns to the squad as Burnley’s injury problems ease slightly.
However, winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson is still out and there remain doubts over Robbie Brady and Erik Pieters.
Tottenham are close to a clean bill of health with defender Serge Aurier back in contention, although midfielder Giovani Lo Celso may not be ready to return.
The Clarets are unbeaten in four league games, with three draws and a win in that run.
Sean Dyche’s men have won two of their last three away games in the Premier League and three of the last four in all competitions.
Tottenham have lost five of their last six Premier League games to slip to ninth place.
Spurs also went out of the FA Cup to Everton earlier this month but completed an 8-1 aggregate win over Wolfsburg on Wednesday night to advance to the last 16 of the Europa League and a tie against Dinamo Zagreb.
Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho: “It’s always the same (against Burnley).
“I think the fact that last season we scored so many goals against them (5-0 at home) is a little out of context, because Burnley is a competitive, solid team.
“Everyone knows the way they play, but everyone struggles to play against them because they are so difficult. They defend well, they don’t need much to create danger and score.
“They are competitive, fresh, no Europe, good preparation. It’s hard, but we have to be positive and we will try everything to win.”
The Clarets are aiming to stretch their unbeaten league run to five games which would be their longest of the season.
Only Aston Villa have kept more clean sheets away from home this season than the six Burnley have registered.
Tottenham won the reverse fixture 1-0 at Turf Moor last October with a headed goal from Heung-Min Son.
Harry Kane provided the assist and is one away from a Premier League record of 10 for a single team-mate in a Premier League season.
The Tottenham and England captain has scored eight goals against Burnley – seven for Tottenham and one during a loan spell with Millwall.
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