Tottenham have had a stop-start season so far under their new manager Nuno Espirito Santo. Following the 1-0 reverse to West Ham, Spurs face Burnley on Tuesday at 19:45 GMT.
Burnley have had a difficult season so far, without a single victory in the league nine fixtures. Rooted in the bottom three, Sean Dyche’s men could use a turning point to help turn the tide to bolster their survival chances.
Should Espirito Santo Shuffle the Pack?
After a promising start to the season with three straight 1-0 victories, including a defeat of Champions Manchester City, Spurs embarked on a three-game losing run in which they conceded nine goals and scored only one.
Two victories against Aston Villa and Newcastle encouraged Spurs fans, but defeat to the in-form London Rivals, West Ham, has brought them back to earth.
With the league title looking competitive with the top three teams, Tottenham needs success in the cups to keep their chances of silverware alive this season.
This means that Espirito Santo needs to play his strongest team to guarantee victory against a team looking for a victory of its own.
What Does Sean Dyche Need to Get a Win?
Burnley under Sean Dyche have always been dependable and efficient, and they always get the job done.
Sean Dyche’s style has been called functional, defensive, or route-11 football, but it has always delivered the desired results.
Many have argued that Burnley, given their budget, have been punching above their weight, precisely because of Dyche’s heroics.
But the season has barely started, and they look up against it already. Coming up against a wounded Spurs side, Burnley have their job cut out for them.
In the last five matches, Burnley have won one, drawn three, and lost one. Although still without a win, Sean Dyche’s men have shown battling characteristics that they are known for to earn draws against Leicester (2-2), Norwich (0-0), and the most recent one, at Southampton (2-2).
The only victory for Burnley came against Rochdale in the previous round of the EFL Cup.
Tottenham have had three victories and two losses in their previous five outings in all competitions. Their two losses have come in the UEFA Europa Conference League against the Dutch side Vitesse and the English Premier League against West Ham.
In the last 20 matches between Burnley and Tottenham, Spurs have the upper hand with 13 wins, with the Clarets prevailing in 3 of them; the remaining 4 were draws.
All wins for Burnley have come at Turf Moor, whereas Spurs have had 8 home wins, which means that they have won at Burnley 5 times. The Clarets have zero away wins at Tottenham.
In their last 5 matches, Burnley have won 1, and Tottenham have emerged victorious in three of them, with one draw.
In these last 5 matches, Tottenham have scored 12 goals while Sean Dyche’s men have breached the Spurs’ rearguard three times.
The only two injury worries for Nuno Espirito Santo concern Mat Doherty and Ryan Sessegnon. No injury worries emerged from their reverse at the London Stadium this weekend.
Sean Dyche indicated that there is a likelihood Connor Roberts will make his debut against Tottenham after missing the draw at St Mary’s. Ben Mee is the other doubt for the Clarets after testing positive for Covid-19 ahead of their defeat to Man City.
The other injury worry for Burnley is the midfielder Dale Stephens, as he continues his recovery from an ankle operation.
Possible Starting Lineups
- Pope; M. Lowton, N. Collins, J. Tarkowski, C. Taylor; D. McNeil, A. Westwood, J. Cork, M. Cornet; C. Wood, J. Brownhill
- Lloris; Emerson, C. Romero, E. Dier, Reguilon; P. Højbjerg, O. Skipp; Lucas, D. Alli, H. Son; H. Kane
Players to Watch
After a promising start to the season, Dele Alli has dropped out of the team again. With the resurgence of Ndombele to link midfield and attack, Alli’s chances to win a starting berth have taken a hit.
Chances are running out for him to convince Santo and Tottenham that he can harness the talents he obviously has to into consistent match-winning performances.
If given a chance at Turf Moor, Dele Alli, with a point to make, could be the difference.
The route to success to Burnley would be to keep a clean sheet in this game. In their recent draws against Leicester and Southampton, the Clarets have conceded two goals in each of them.
Tarkowski will play a prominent role in organizing the rear guard and resisting the onslaught the talented Spurs forward will go through at Burnley.
This is a pivotal match for Nuno Espirito Santo. Daniel Levi and Tottenham aspire to start winning trophies. The EFL Cup and the Europe Conference League present the best route to bring some silverware to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The pressure on Sean Dyche is steadily rising, and he needs to keep the belief at Turf Moor that this season will meet the expectations of survival in the Premier League.
No one expects Burnley to win the cup, but a major scalp would be the catalyst they need to kick start their season and start getting some wins and points on board.
Expect Tottenham to seek to bounce back after the defeat at the Olympic Stadium. Burnley will make them work hard for anything they take from Turf Moor. In the end, the true focus of Sean Dyche and Burnley is beating the drop, which makes Tottenham the favorites to win this one.
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