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Big Preview: Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur

5 April 2015

Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur
Turf Moor
5/4/15 (kick-off 1.30pm)

The Clarets face Tottenham for the fourth time this season and Sean Dyche’s side will be gunning to get the better hand over the London club for the first time.

Despite losing two of the three outings, Burnley have competed well in all three. Back in December when the two clubs first met in the league, Ashley Barnes’ wonder strike at White Hart Lane put the Clarets on level terms, before Erik Lamela’s equally stunning strike gave the hosts the three points.

The two sides were then drawn together in the FA Cup, when Sam Vokes scored his first goal since a long-term injury at Turf Moor to force a replay.

Marvin Sordell and Ross Wallace then gave Burnley a shock two-goal lead inside the first 10 minutes of the replay in North London, but Tottenham responded to progress through to the next round with a 4-2 win.

The last time Tottenham visited Turf Moor in the league, the Clarets came on top in the final game of the 2009/10 Premier League Season, winning by the same scoreline, with Tottenham’s goals coming from now Real Madrid pair Luka Modric and Gareth Bale.

Burnley will be hoping for a repeat of that day, as they continue to fight for survival.


The 21-year-old striker is having the season of his life at White Hart Lane, with the England international racking up 29 goals so far in all competitions; 30 if you include his strike 79 seconds in to his England debut last week.

The forward went out on loan to four different clubs (Norwich, Millwall, Leyton Orient and Leicester City), even dropping down to League One to gain valuable experience and has risen to prominence in the current campaign.

Tottenham (Paulinho, Capoue, Chiriches, Rose) 4-2 Burnley (Sordell, Wallace) (FA Cup Replay)

Tottenham: Vorm, Chiriches (Dier 80), Kaboul, Vertonghen, Davies, Capuem Stambouli, Townsend (Onomah 76), Paulinho, Rose (Chadli 59), Soldado. Subs not used: Lloris, Naughton, Kane, Dembele.

Burnley: Heaton, Trippier (Reid 68), Duff, Keane, Mee, Wallace (Boyd 89), Arfield, Jones (Marney 76), Kightly, Sordell, Vokes. Subs not used: Lafferty, Ings, Gilks, Barnes.

Attendance: 24,367

Burnley (Vokes) 1-1 Tottenham (Chadli) (FA Cup)

Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Keane, Mee, Lafferty, Kightly, Marney, Arfield, Boyd (Wallace 79), Barnes (Vokes 61), Ings (Sordell 78). Subs not used: O’Neill, Reid, Jutkiewicz, Gilks.

Tottenham: Vorm, Chirches, Fazio, Vertonghen, Davies, Stambouli (Kane 45), Dembele, Chadli, Paulinho, Eriksen, Soldado (Townsend 68). Subs not used: Dier, Naughton, Friedel, Capoue, Onomah.

Attendance: 9,348

Sean Dyche has confirmed that midfielder Matt Taylor will miss out through his troublesome Achilles injury. Stephen Ward could feature (ankle), but Burnley’s long-term absentees of Kevin Long and Dean Marney, who both have undergone knee surgery, won’t feature again this season.

Spurs’ keeper Hugo Lloris is out after suffering a gashed knee before the international break. There are also concerns over Roberto Soldado (knee), Eric Dier (eye), Danny Rose (knock).

Burnley’s game against Spurs will be the seventh game in succession against teams in the top eight of the Premier league. They complete the set next weekend against Arsenal.

Sean Dyche: "The challenge is quite evident but the fact we were written off by so many at game 10, that’s a marker that we are in there with every chance of doing it. The challenge though is not words, it’s getting points on the table."

Mauricio Pochettino: "I think that Burnley are a very, very good team and I think we can expect a tough game. It's a good challenge for us because we need to win the game and get the three points."

Martin Atkinson will take charge of the Clarets Barclays Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur this Sunday.

The fixture against Spurs will be game number 37 of the season for the official from West Yorkshire.

In the thirty six matches previous to this, Atkinson has produced 135 yellow cards and 8 red cards.

His last Burnley fixture came at Stamford Bridge, where Ben Mee’s 81st minute header earned the Clarets a vital point.

Three players were cautioned on that day, Michael Kightly, George Boyd and Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, while Nemanja Matic was sent off for his reaction to Ashley Barnes’ challenge.

Mr Atkinson will be assisted by Mr S.Child and Mr M Mullarkey and fourth official R Madley.

This weekend’s Premier League fixtures (kick-off 3pm unless stated)

Saturday 4th April 2015
Arsenal v Liverpool (12:45)
Everton v Southampton
Leicester v West Ham
Manchester United v Aston Villa
Swansea v Hull
West Brom v QPR
Chelsea v Stoke (5.30)
Sunday 5th April 2015
Burnley v Tottenham (1.30)
Sunderland v Newcastle (4:00)

For an up-to-date Premier League table, click HERE

- Our Fanzone will be open as usual before the match from 11am and after the match for all supporters.
- The Clarets Foundation Bar is also open before kick-off to members and after the game for all supporters to enjoy a drink.
- We have a plethora of fantastic Clarets Store offers to take advantage of, including half price on all of our replica shirts!
- Former Claret Tony Cochrane will be signing copies of his autobiography in-store from 11-11.30am

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