Slow start after internationals: Three things to expect from Tottenham against Burnley
COMMENT By Matt Farr
The Premier League returns this weekend as Tottenham take on Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday, following the international break.
Tottenham made a fantastic start to life without injured talisman Harry Kane by beating Southampton 2-1 in their last Premier League encounter.
Burnley, meanwhile, head into the tie without a win in their last six Premier League games, and they face a tough ask against a Tottenham side that sit second in the table.
With Mauricio Pochettino’s side likely to add further misery to Burnley’s stuttering survival bid, Football Insider reveals three things we can expect to happen:
Red hot 20-year-old to score
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There was immediate concern following the injury to Harry Kane earlier this month, that Tottenham would struggle for goals in his absence.
However, with 20-year-old Dele Alli in red hot goalscoring form, they are not likely to have too many problems against Burnley.
The England international has scored an incredible 17 goals from 39 appearances in all competitions this season, and has found the back of the net in each of his last three Premier League outings.
He and attacking team-mate Christian Eriksen will be expected to run the Burnley defence ragged on Saturday, and Alli will be certain to add to his tally.
That said, Tottenham may make a slow start to proceedings at Turf Moor.
The majority of Pochettino’s first team squad were heavily involved on international duty this past week, unlike their Burnley counterparts, and there could be some tiredness in the Spurs camp.
Some players were in action as recently as Tuesday night, leaving just a three-day rest period ahead of Saturday’s game.
With the home advantage also in Burnley’s favour, Tottenham are unlikely to come out of the blocks firing, but they will still likely grab all three points by the final whistle.
Quiet day for Lloris
Burnley have a number of players that have the potential to cause problems for Tottenham’s defence, particularly Andre Gray, but Hugo Lloris could be in for a relatively quiet day in between the sticks.
Tottenham boast the joint-best defensive record in the Premier League, having conceded just 21 goals from their 28 games this season.
Burnley, meanwhile, have scored only 31 goals, and they registered on target just three of their 16 shots in the 0-0 draw with Sunderland in their last outing.
Lloris will likely be tested by the home side at some stage, but Tottenham’s superior defensive game is likely to shine through.
- Football Insider prediction: Burnley 0-2 Tottenham