Sean Dyche believes Saturday’s opponents, Spurs, should be classed as definite Premier League title challengers.
Tottenham head to Turf Moor just five points behind second placed Liverpool and current leaders Manchester City, with a game in hand on the latter.
But the Burnley manager believes his own in-form side, now unbeaten in seven games dating back to Boxing Day, can extend their own impressive sequence of results against the Londoners.
“For me, Tottenham are challenging for the title, along with Manchester City and Liverpool,” insisted Dyche.
“They have very strong individuals, but like us they also have a vey strong team ethic and they are definitely recognised as a front-runner.
“I don’t think it’s a great surprise that they are doing so well, but their minds seem clear and they are delivering performances.
“On the other hand, we’re in form, we’ve got a good feel about us, we’re at home and beginning to make our form here at Turf Moor stronger again.
“The crowd will be right behind us again, so it makes for a good game.”
Burnley’s two-month unbeaten run represents their longest in the Premier League era.
And Dyche, who welcomes wide men Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Robbie Brady back to the squad following a week’s warm-weather training in Portugal, added: “We’ve put together a really strong set of results and I think they’ve all been earned.
“We weren’t a million miles away early in the season, when we had a lot of ups and downs.
“But the performances have been getting stronger and it’s resulted in another historical marker for the club and a great run.
“We’ve found that defensive resilience as a team, but also that attacking prowess to go and effect some very good sides, regularly.
“Everyone will know we have a really strong bond and the key-core values that the team runs from.
“That mentality, purpose, drive, energy and desire we’ve shown has to continue though because that’s a strong marker of what we are about.”