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Burnley vs Tottenham predicted XIs: Team news as Kulusevski lauds “wonderful” Conte after “suffering” under Allegri

By Ben Green

Published: 9:55, 21 February 2022

Tottenham face a gruelling journey to Turf Moor in the Premier League on Wednesday looking to keep the momentum going after putting reigning champions Manchester City to the sword at the weekend ( 7.30pm kick-off, UK time).

Antonio Conte bested Pep Guardiola on Saturday evening in a 3-2 win that has just enhanced their chances of pushing for the Premier League top four, and they will now be hoping to avoid a potential banana skin result against struggling Burnley. Camped precariously in the relegation zone, Sean Dyche’s Clarets enter this fixture having just battered Brighton 3-0, so the confidence will be high and they will fancy their chances of pulling off an upset.


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Burnley team news vs Tottenham: Concerns from Brighton

Johann Berg Gudmundsson remains sidelined with a muscle injury having missed the previous four Premier League matches, with Matej Vydra on the treatment tables with the Icelandic midfielder after undergoing a hernia operation. James Tarkowski and Ashley Westwood both missed the Brighton win but are expected to return for this midweek encounter, while Dyche will be sweating on the fitness of Maxwel Cornet and Wout Weghorst, with the former coming off injured against the Seagulls for Jay Rodriguez. Charlie Taylor also faces a late fitness test.

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Predicted Burnley XI vs Tottenham:

  • Pope; Pieters, Mee, Tarkowski, Roberts; Lennon, Cork, Brownhill, McNeil; Rodriguez, Weghorst. (4-4-2)

Tottenham team news vs Burnley: Kulusevski enjoying his time in London

Oliver Skipp has missed the previous three Premier League matches with a groin problem and is not expected to return in time for this journey to Turf Moor, and it’s a similar story for Japhet Tanganga, who has been out in that same timeframe with a knee issue. Sergio Reguilon missed the trip to Manchester at the weekend, but could return here.


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Conte is unlikely to change too much from that win over Guardiola’s side, given the nature of the victory, in which Harry Kane nabbed a brace and January recruit Dejan Kulusevski scored and assisted, already proving his worth in a Spurs shirt following his switch from Juventus.

The Swedish star struggled for consistent playing time in Turin in the first half of this season, starting just five Serie A games, and he has now revealed the “suffering” he endured under Juve boss Max Allegri, before heaping praise on his new mentor Conte.

Speaking to Sky Italia, Kulusevski said of his stint in a Juve shirt: “I suffered so much over the last few months, I didn’t feel like myself and playing like this with my first Premier League start, I cannot describe it.

“I needed to stay calm and play without too many thoughts in my head. We scored so early, it was great, you don’t have to think anymore, you can just play.

Kulusevski went on to heap praise about his new boss and the winning mindset he imbues on the Spurs squad, saying: “It’s wonderful, because Conte only wants to win and if he doesn’t win, he is not happy.

“We work really hard and that is what we need, there are no other secrets. You have to work hard and listen to the coach. If you listen to him, you can do well.”

Predicted Tottenham XI vs Burnley:

  • Lloris; Romero, Dier, Davies; Emerson, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Sessegnon; Kulusevski, Son, Kane. (3-4-2-1)

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