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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Burnley v Spurs, 23.02.19

· Last season's game - Burnley 0 Spurs 3 - 23.12.17
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Full League Record of Spurs -v- Burnley
 
Prem          Pl   W   D   L   For- Ag  Pts
Home           5   4   1   0   11 -  3  13
Away           4   2   1   1    7 -  4   7
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Total(Prem)    9   6   2   1   18 -  7  20
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1)   34  17   7  10   75 - 44  41 
Away(Div 1)   34   6  10  18   44 - 74  22
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Total(Div 1)  68  23  17  28  119 -118  63
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Football Lge
Home(Div 2)   10   8   2  0    34 -  7  18 
Away(Div 2)   10   1   3  6     6 - 13   5  
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Total(Div 2)  20   9   5  6    40 - 20  23 
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Total(Prem)    9   6   2   1   18 -  7  20
Total(Div 1)  68  23  17  28  119 -118  63
Total(Div 2)  20   9   5   6   40 - 20  23   
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Grand Total   97  38  24  35  177 -145 106 
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Last Six Premier League results:-

Burnley    -    WWDDDW

Hds'field  1-2    Burnley
Burnley    2-1    Fulham
Watford    0-0    Burnley
Man Utd    2-2    Burnley
Burnley    1-1    S'hampton
Brighton   1-3    Burnley

Spurs      -    WLWWWW
           
Cardiff    0-3    Spurs
Spurs      0-1    Man Utd
Fulham     1-2    Spurs
Spurs      2-1    Watford
Spurs      1-0    Newcastle
Spurs      3-1    Leicester

Pos           P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 3. Spurs    26 20  0  6  54-25  29   60
15. Burnley  26  7  6 13  29-47 -18   27

Harry's back, but will he play?

Cast your mind back to Sunday 9th May, 2010. Spurs fans and their team were feeling on top of the world, after an historic win at The Etihad Stadium on the previous Wednesday. Peter Crouch had scored the decisive goal against Manchester City about which he said, "My goal to get the club into the Champions League for the first time at Man City stands out as a highlight.

“That was one of the most important goals in my career because it was massive for Spurs. They had been trying to get into the Champions League for a long time and then we did it. It was a great night."

Crouch was in the Spurs team that travelled to Turf Moor on the final day of the Premier League season in 2010 in high spirits and which started the game so well. Spurs went two up through Bale (3 minutes) and Modric, who scored a cracker after 32 minutes. We hoped for an Arsenal slip-up aganst Fulham, giving us a chance of even finishing in third place, but the gooners were three up at half-time and were not going to fail. Our boys lost their desire and Burnley ran out 4-2 winners, despite being doomed to relegation after their first top flight season for 33 years. That remains Burnley's one Premier League win against Spurs in 9 attempts. It is also the last time they have scored at home against us in the league, although this will only be the fifth such meeting.

Now, nearly 9 years later, we return to Turf Moor, currently secure in third place, not only seeking a fourth consecutive Champions League season, but also still in the running for the title. After all, leaders Manchester City have a Carabao Cup Final on Sunday, and have already played their 27th Premier League game. Challengers Liverpool are part of the warm-up act for that final, facing arch rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford. This could be a good day for Spurs, provided they//0/ win!

Burnley's squad now includes Crouch, transferred from Stoke on a free when Sam Vokes went the other way. Crouchie has a Premier League contract again at the age of 38! Not bad work if you can get it. Peter is unlikely to start, but maybe we will see him and regale him with Spurs-loving chants. Just last week we celebrated the eighth anniversary of another landmark goal by "Crouchie" in the San Siro Stadium.

Another former Spur - Aaron Lennon - is also a Burnley player and played in both the landmark games mentioned above. He had been substituted in the City game by the time Peter Crouch scored, but provided the final pass for that goal in the San Siro. Lennon has a cartilage knee injury with no return date envisaged at present, so we won't see him tomorrow.

This match is being played 14 months to the day when we last visited Turf Moor. We won 3-0, and Harry Kane scored his seventh hat-trick of 2017. He would score his eighth on Boxing Day, against Southampton, breaking Alan Shearer's record of 36 Premier League goals in a calendar year and becoming Europe's highest scorer of the year too, beating such players as Messi, Ronaldo, Cavani and Lewandowski!

There was great news for Spurs fans this week regarding the return of Harry Kane to full training, and his possible availability for this game. Mauricio Pochettimo said this:-

"Everyone knows that Harry is an animal – he wants to be ready as soon as possible.......I don’t care if he feels ready or wants to play or not......I’ll decide with my coaching staff, with the doctor and the medical staff and sports science staff."

With crucial games to follow tomorrow's trip (Chelsea, Arsenal, and Borussia Dortmund), I personally would be amazed if Harry starts against Burnley, but perhaps we will see him get an outing from the bench. Ben Davies also returned to full training this week, and might be needed as Danny Rose faces a late assessment due to illness.

Burnley's league form has been very good since a Boxing Day thrashing by Everton at Turf Moor. That was their last league defeat. That unbeaten run coincides with the return to the team of goalkeeper Tom Heaton, who is holding down the number one berth with great confidence and assurance to his team-mates, leaving fellow England goalkeepers Joe Hart and Nick Pope in the wings.

My personal prediction is a 2-0 win for Spurs, but I accept it will be a tough game, and anything could happen!

Our match referee is Mike Dean - again! Mr. Dean seems to keep as busy as ever. Unfortunately, of late, he has generally lost popularity amongst Spurs fans. Mind you, the loss of any game never helps regarding the objective assessment of any official, and we have lost the last two games refereed by Mr. Dean. Those were the league game away to Arsenal in December, and our home game against Manchester United last month. I'm beginning to wonder if he will ever retire! Incidentally, Mike Dean has to date issued 99 red cards in his refereeing career.

· "It was Twenty Years ago today!" - On 24th February, 1999, we had a memorable 2-0 FA Cup win against Leeds with cracking goals from Darren Anderton and David Ginola!

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