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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Burnley v Spurs - 09.05.10

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Full League Record of Spurs -v- Burnley
 
Prem          Pl   W   D   L   For- Ag  Pts
Home           1   1   0   0    5 -  0   3
Away           0   0   0   0    0 -  0   0
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Total(Prem)    1   1   0   0    5 -  0   3
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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)    1   1   0   0    5 -  0   3
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   89  33  22  34  164 -138  89 
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Last Six Premiership results:-

Burnley

Burnley    0-1   Blackburn
Burnley    1-6   Man City
Hull       1-4   Burnley
S'derland  2-1   Burnley
Burnley    0-4   Liverpool
B'mingham  2-1   Burnley

Spurs
 
S'derland  3-1   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   Arsenal
Spurs      2-1   Chelsea
Man Utd    3-1   Spurs
Spurs      1-0   Bolton
Man City   0-1   Spurs

Pos         P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 4 Spurs   37 21  7  9  65-37  28  70
19 Burnley 37  7  6 24  38-80 -42  27(R)
It's Claret time - let's Party!

At the start of the season, Spurs would have surveyed this fixture as an inviting end of season match after a difficult run-in. Just a few weeks ago, after defeat in the FA Cup semi-final, and in the Premier League at Sunderland, the game might have been seen as a chance for some salvage after that run-in. I admit that personally around that time I had written off our chances of qualifying for the Champions League, but then came some amazing victories over Arsenal, Chelsea and our main rivals Manchester City that have put us on the fourth rung of the stairway to Champions League heaven!

My heartfelt thanks and congratulations then go to manager of the season Harry Redknapp who has led us to this uncharted territory, a smile-filled close season, and the anticipation of more excitement and Champions League football next season! We all know that we COULD still finish third tomorrow, but that requires a Fulham side with the Europa Cup Final on their minds to beat Arsenal. Realistically that's not going to happen, but the situation does mean that Spurs will want to approach this final game in a fully professional way, just in case Fulham pull off a shock.

It won't be easy for Spurs at Turf Moor, where the Burnley management and fans will be keen to see their season in the sun end with a high profile win to show that they could still compete with the very best, despite their relegation which was sealed with their 4-0 defeat in their last home game against Liverpool. Indeed, in their preceding home game, The Clarets had lost 6-1 to a rampant Man City side, who were three up within 7 minutes, four up within 20, and five up at half time.

Burnley have beaten the best this season though, when they sent Man Utd packing in their first home game of the season. When Burnley came to White Hart Lane in September (losing 5-0) they had won three of their first six games, and for one more round of games carried on their form of winning at home but losing away. In those early weeks, it looked as if Burnley's home form might keep them up, but victories became a rarity and their slide towards the bottom of the table was un-stoppable. Owen Coyle's departure for Bolton, and replacement by Brian Laws did not help the situation. Since January, Burnley have lost 14 of their 17 games, winning just two and drawing one. They gave themselves a glimmer of hope with that 4-1 win at Hull, but now they must plan for Championship football again.

Burnley will be keen to test Spurs to the same degree as they did in last year's Carling Cup semi-final. Spurs had gone into this second leg 4-1 up and seemingly assured of progress to the final, but had more than a nasty shock when Burnley went 3-0 up, and were two minutes away from Wembley before Pavlyuchenko and Defoe came to Spurs'rescue. Burnley had beaten some good sides on their Cup run too.

The last time we met Burnley at Turf Moor in league action was on 1st April, 1978, when we were on our way to promotion out of Division Two. We lost 2-1 too, as we stumbled our way to the finishing line with only two wins in our last 8 games and that nail-biting last day 0-0 at The Dell. Peter Taylor scored the Spurs goal against Burnley.

The match is being shown on ESPN, so many Spurs fans around the world will be able to commune with the travelling support, who are still so joyous after Wednesday night's historic win at Eastlands, and who will be ready to party. We won't be seeing Ledley on the field, and Heurelho Gomes is also described as a doubt for the game. With Bassong ready to take Ledley's place, and perhaps Ben Alnwick getting a rare outing, Spurs can field an otherwise unchanged team and finish on a high with a record 22nd Premier League win.

Burnley have leaked goals (80) like a sieve with wide grating, and haven't kept a clean sheet since October. I don't expect things to change tomorrow, but it won't be that easy. I'll go for 3-1 to Spurs.

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