The new manager bounce did not last long for Antonio Conte as his heavily-rotated, but still strong XI lost out in the dying embers to much-unfancied Slovenian minnows Mura in the Europa Conference League, so the Italian will be looking for a serious response, and up next is a trip to Turf Moor.
It had been so far so good for Conte after wins over Vitesse, Leeds and a draw away to Everton in all competitions, but the club’s latest European banana skin has just brought Spurs fans back down to earth, with the Italian given a reality check about the scale of the task at hand after succeeding Nuno Espirito Santo.
Domestically, Spurs remain well within reach of the Champions League qualification places, currently just four points off West Ham in fourth (who face reigning champions Man City this weekend), so will fancy themselves to do the business in Lancashire and close the gap on their top-four chasing rivals.
Burnley meanwhile remain perpetual sloggers in the bottom half of the table. Sean Dyche will not be impressed with one win from his side’s opening 12 games, which has left the Clarets in the relegation places, so he will be eyeing up an upset here to push the club up and away from the drop zone.
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Burnley vs Tottenham: Match Stats
Conte teams are notoriously organised, disciplined units, so Burnley may find their best route to goal coming from a set piece or aerially, bypassing the Italian’s compact defensive structure. That bodes well for Burnley, as they have scored a league-high six headed goals in the Premier League this season. Chris Wood may be the man to win the aerial battle as each of Burnley’s six Premier League goals against Tottenham under Dyche have been scored by either the New Zealander or Ashley Barnes (both three).
Spurs meanwhile may well find themselves a goal down if Burnley can stun the visitors and sneak an early set-piece goal, but fortunately for Conte, only Everton (seven) have won more points from losing positions this season than the Londoners (six), so even if Dyche’s men get their noses in front, Harry Kane and Co will fancy themselves to bounce back.
28 Feb 2021 – Tottenham 4-0 Burnley – Premier League
26 Oct 2020 – Burnley 0-1 Tottenham – Premier League
07 Mar 2020 – Burnley 1-1 Tottenham – Premier League
07 Dec 2019 – Tottenham 5-0 Burnley – Premier League
Burnley have only won one of their last 12 Premier League games against Spurs, which came at Turf Moor in February 2019. Spurs, then managed by Mauricio Pochettino, famously reached the Champions League final that season, but their league form took a nosedive in the New Year (as they won just three of their last 12 games) which started at Burnley. Dyche’s men secured a 2-1 triumph through Wood and Barnes, with the latter cancelling out Kane’s equaliser at the death.