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PREVIEW: Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley

Aaron Lennon relishing return to Tottenham as the Clarets bid to burst Spurs' bubble

14 December 2018

The Clarets hit the road again on Saturday for the first of back-to-back trips to London to face two of the Premier League’s heavyweights.

First up it’s Tottenham on Saturday before North London rivals Arsenal provide Burnley’s last opposition before Christmas.

It’s a daunting double with Spurs sitting third in the table and only goal difference keeping the Gunners out of the top four.

Tottenham also sealed their place in next Monday’s Champions League draw for the last 16 by completing a great escape from Group B by drawing their final group game in Barcelona.

That keeps Mauricio Pochettino’s side fighting on all fronts, with a League Cup quarter-final to follow against Arsenal in mid-week and doubtless with confidence sky-high.

But former Spurs winger Aaron Lennon – who played Champions League football for Tottenham during a decade of outstanding service at White Hart Lane - insists the Clarets won’t be daunted by going to Wembley and hopes any hangover from the euphoria of Europe can be exploited by Sean Dyche’s men as they look to build on last-week’s crucial win over Brighton.

“It was a special, special time for me. I loved every minute of it, from the moment I got there to the moment I left. It was a great club for me,” said Lennon, whose League Cup success with Tottenham in 2008 represents only the club's second piece of silverware in 20 years.

“I think they’re going really well. To go to the Nou Camp, and probably should have won, shows how far they’ve come and are still going in that direction.

Aaron Lennon made his Premier League debut at Tottenham as a 16-year-old and then went on to play 364 times for Spurs

“I think they have an unbelievable squad with a top manager. I still think they will be buzzing.

“But it definitely takes it out of you. When you play mid-week and then you have a game on a Saturday you don’t feel as fresh – that’s what we’re hoping.

“Hopefully they are a bit tired. These are two tough games coming, we know that, but we’re going there to nick points.”

Team news

The Clarets have injury doubts over Steven Defour (calf) and winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson, who picked up a hamstring strain in the win over Brighton.

Tottenham have questions marks over a number of players, including former Clarets full-back Kieran Trippier, who is working his way back from injury.

Defenders Serge Aurier, Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth also face fitness checks and midfielders Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama are out.

Form guide

The Clarets head to London on the back of a first win in nine games with last Saturday’s 1-0 success over Brighton lifting Sean Dyche’s men out of the bottom three.

Tottenham’s mid-week draw in Barcelona was enough to take Spurs through to the last 16 of the Champions League.

In the Premier League, Mauricio Pochettino’s side has won five of its last six games with a defeat in the North London derby at Arsenal interrupting that run.

Opposition camp

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: "It's such an important game. It's going to be a tough game because every three days to play is always tough, but we need to try to find the way to approach the game in the best condition and be sure we're going to fight to be ready to win.

"We have a very tough opponent in front of us, but the most important thing is the way we approach the game."

Match stats

Burnley’s 1-1 draw at Wembley last season ended a five-game losing run – stretching back to 1974 – in league matches at Tottenham.

The Clarets’ run of games without a penalty in the Premier League now runs to 59 games.

Tottenham haven’t drawn in 20 matches – a club record.

Tottenham's tally of 36 points from 16 games represents their best start to a Premier League campaign. They last had a better top-flight record at this stage of a season in 1960-61 – when they succeeded the Clarets as league champions and went onto complete ‘The Double’.


Graham Scott


3pm Saturday

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Tottenham Hotspur 1 Burnley 0

Cruel blow as late Eriksen winner denies brave Burnley any reward

15 December 2018

Burnley boss Sean Dyche re-wrote the script but his ‘Famous Five’ were cruelly denied a happy ending as Tottenham struck with an injury-time winner.

Dyche moved away from the regular back four to play five at the back in a bid to stifle the title challengers and build on a first win in nine games.

And for 90 minutes the plan worked to near perfection as the Clarets defended superbly – with a back line bolstered by the addition of Kevin Long ably supported by the four midfield men in front of them and an inspired Joe Hart at their backs.

But as is so often the case against the big guns, just when a morale-boosting point and a second successive clean sheet was within touching distance it was snatched away as Spurs substitute Christian Eriksen pounced at the death.

The relief around Wembley among the home supporters and the Tottenham bench was palpable.

Burnley, on the other hand, were left crestfallen as their monumental effort counted for nothing – bar the knowledge that they have another string to their bow for the battles ahead.

The switch in formation certainly worked as the Clarets kept Tottenham at arm’s length and stopped them picking holes in Burnley’s back line in the opening stages.

There was also an occasional threat on the break from the visitors with added freedom for the wide players as both Robbie Brady and former Tottenham man Aaron Lennon forced corners in a spell of Burnley pressure.

But Tottenham weren’t without chances as they looked to spring a man in behind the Clarets’ rearguard, Lucas Moura poking a lovely effort inches wide first time from Eric Lamela’s lofted pass.

Spurs also had a decent shout for a penalty when Tarkowski clipped England colleague Harry Kane in the box.

And with half an hour gone it took a fine save from Joe Hart to keep the Clarets level.

The chance came from a move started in Tottenham’s own penalty area with a free-kick awarded against Robbie Brady for dangerous play as he lifted his boot to head height.

The Clarets had been denied a penalty against Brighton the week before for a similar incident – not lost on Dyche – but this time a foul was given and Spurs countered with Moussa Sissoko finally feeding Lamela for a shot Hart blocked as he raced off his line.

Hugo Lloris had not been extended at the other end, but a minute before the break the Tottenham captain cleared sloppily to Phil Bardsley, whose cross was met by a header from Ashley Barnes which he put over the top from the Clarets’ best chance of the half.

Spurs had made five changes to their starting line-up as they juggled their resources between a Champions League tie in Barcelona and next Wednesday’s League Cup quarter-final with North London rivals Arsenal.

With the top four of the Premier League so tight their need for points remained just as acute, however, and three minutes into the second half they faced the threat of losing ground as the Clarets almost grabbed the lead.

Again Barnes – who twice scored against Tottenham at White Hart Lane – posed the threat as he met Lennon’s pull-back from a Robbie Brady free-kick with a thumping volley blocked in front of goal by Toby Alderweireld.

Barnes performed a Herculean task in trying to offer the Clarets as an outlet but increasingly the game was played in Burnley’s half as Tottenham cranked up the pressure in search of a winner.

Eriksen and Heung-Min Son were both sent on by Mauricio Pochettino and Hart made another outstanding save to deny Lamela again from close range.

With the Clarets defending heroically in front of the England man – no stranger to Wembley – Tottenham’s frustrations grew.

The introduction of Fernando Llorente was their last roll of the die and the big targetman laid on a chance for Son he screwed badly wide.

Alli then stabbed an effort into the side netting from a Son cross in the 90th-minute but in stoppage time the Clarets finally cracked as their brave resistance was ended.

Tottenham’s weight of numbers in attack proved just too much as Llorente flicked on a long ball, Kane laid it off for Eriksen and his finish gave Hart no chance to leave Burnley beaten but unbowed.

Tottenham: Lloris; Trippier, Davies, Alderweireld, Rose; Sissoko, Skipp (Son 75); Lamela (Lorente 82), Alli, Moura (Eriksen 64); Kane. Substitutes: Gazzaniga, Winks, Walker-Peters, Eyoma.

Booked: None

Burnley: Hart; Bardsley, Long, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Lennon (Vokes 90), Cork, Westwood, Brady (Hendrick 90); Barnes (Wood 80). Substitutes: Heaton, Lowton, Gibson, Vydra.

Booked: Brady, Bardsley

Referee: Graham Scott

Attendance: 41,465

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