- Spurs vs Burnley

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Saturday 20 December 2014 | White Hart Lane | Kick-off 15:00

Spurs
Spurs
0 - 0
Burnley
Burnley
 
 

Match preview

Nabil Bentaleb has challenged Tottenham Hotspur to follow their Capital One Cup exploits by continuing their push for the top four in the Barclays Premier League with a win against Burnley on Saturday.

The Algeria midfielder scored his first goal for Spurs in a 4-0 rout of Newcastle United on Wednesday as Mauricio Pochettino's men booked their spot in the Capital One Cup semi-finals.

The north Londoners' cup success came just three days after Christian Eriksen scored an 89th-minute winner in a 2-1 victory at Swansea City in the BPL.

Four points now separate fourth-placed West Ham United and Spurs in the top-flight standings ahead of Burnley's visit to White Hart Lane.

And midfielder Bentaleb - who will miss the two-legged semi-final with Sheffield United as he will be representing his country at the Africa Cup of Nations - is keen to challenge for the UEFA Champions League places.

"It's a really bad thing to miss, but it's my country and I made the choice to play for them and I have to assume it now," he said.

"But the top four is a realistic aim. We don't really fear anyone.

"We know that if we play at our best, we know we can cause a very big problem to any team in the Premier League, to Chelsea or Manchester City."

Spurs have no new reported injury worries, but it remains to be seen if striker Emmanuel Adebayor will come back into the team after he returned to training following a leave of absence.

For Burnley the match represents the opportunity to win back-to-back Barclays Premier League matches for just the second time this term after they secured a 1-0 victory at home to Southampton last Saturday.

Goalkeeper Tom Heaton played his part with a penalty save from Dusan Tadic on the hour and Ashley Barnes scored the only goal of the match in the 73rd minute.

It was the second time this season that Barnes scored the solitary goal in 1-0 triumph for Burnley and manager Sean Dyche believes the striker is reaping the rewards for staying patient despite not always being first choice.

"He's had to bide his time, but he's come back in and given everything for the side so far and nicked himself a couple of important goals for us in two 1-0 wins," Dyche told The Lancashire Telegraph.

Burnley (from): Gilks, Heaton, Duff, Keane Lafferty, Long, Mee, Reid, Shackell, Trippier, Arfield, Boyd, Chalobah, Howieson, Jones, Kightly, Marney, Wallace, Barnes, Ings, Jutkiewicz, Sordell.

Tottenham Hotspur (from): Friedel, Lloris, Vorm, Chiriches, Davies, Dier, Fazio, Kaboul, Naughton, Rose, Veljkovic, Vertonghen, Walker, Bentaleb, Capoue, Ceballos, Chadli, Dembele, Eriksen, Lamela, Lennon, Mason, Paulinho, Stambouli, Townsend, Adebayor, Kane, Soldado.

Match Appointments
Referee:
Mike Jones Assistants: R West, E Smart Fourth Official: K Hill

Match Facts
There have been 21 goals scored in the last four meetings in all competitions between Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley, with at least five in each match.
There have been 55 goals in the last 12 encounters between Spurs and Burnley at White Hart Lane; an average of 4.6 per match.
Spurs have won a league-high eight points from goals scored in the 85th minute or later this term.
Burnley have played the highest proportion of long passes in the Barclays Premier League this season (20.4%).
This is only the eighth time that Spurs will play a league fixture on a Saturday at 3pm since the start of last season (it will be their 55th BPL match since August 2013 overall).
Burnley have won just one point in their eight previous top flight trips to London (D1 L7).


Current form

Last six matches

won

1 - 2 v Swansea (A) 14 Dec 2014

drawn

0 - 0 v Crystal Palace (H) 06 Dec 2014

lost

3 - 0 v Chelsea (A) 03 Dec 2014

won

2 - 1 v Everton (H) 30 Nov 2014

won

1 - 2 v Hull (A) 23 Nov 2014

lost

1 - 2 v Stoke (H) 09 Nov 2014
Last win/defeat

won

1 - 2 v Swansea (A) 14 Dec 2014

lost

3 - 0 v Chelsea (A) 03 Dec 2014

Tottenham Hotspur club profile

Current form

Last six matches

won

1 - 0 v Southampton (H) 13 Dec 2014

lost

2 - 0 v QPR (A) 06 Dec 2014

drawn

1 - 1 v Newcastle (H) 02 Dec 2014

drawn

1 - 1 v Aston Villa (H) 29 Nov 2014

won

1 - 2 v Stoke (A) 22 Nov 2014

won

1 - 0 v Hull (H) 08 Nov 2014
Last win/defeat

won

1 - 0 v Southampton (H) 13 Dec 2014

lost

2 - 0 v QPR (A) 06 Dec 2014

Burnley club profile

Last corresponding meeting

Spurs Burnley

Sat 26 Sep 2009 | White Hart Lane | Attendance: 35,462

Spurs 5 - 0 Burnley
  • Robbie Keane (18 Pen, 74, 77, 87)
  • Jermaine Jenas (33)
  Possession
Spurs 51%
Burnley 49%
Shots on Goal On Target Off Target
Spurs 10 6
Burnley 5 5
  Fouls Yellow Cards Red Cards
Spurs 10 1 0
Burnley 13 2 0
Total 23 3 0
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