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Spurs Odyssey Carabao Cup Preview - Burnley v Spurs, 27.10.21

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Spurs' full Cup History v Burnley



05-06   1      H    2-0
08-09   3      H    0-0
        3R     A    1-3
60-61   SF     VP   3-0
61-62   F      W    3-1
62-63   3      H    0-3
65-66   4      H    4-3

14-15   3      A    1-1
14-15   3R     H    4-2


1982-83 5      H    1-4
1993-94 2R/1L  A    0-0
        2R/2L  H    3-1
2002-03 3      A    1-2
2004-05 4      A    3-0
2008-09 SF(1)  H    4-1    
2008-09 SF(2)  A    2-3
Spurs won 6-4 on aggregate

Who is going to win this battle at Turf Moor?

Burnley v Spurs, 07.03.20

A Spurs side that has lost their last two games, without scoring, and whose talisman striker (our only striker) is suffering a lapse in scoring form in domestic games (1 in 9 such games) travels to Burnley, whose only out and out victory was in the last round of this league cup competition against League Two Rochdale. Both sides are in great need of a win to boost morale. However, both sides face crucial (aren't they all?) games on Saturday.

Spurs will be hosting ailing Manchester United on Saturday tea-time. I've seen a reference to that game as "El Sackico" regarding Nuno and Solskjaer, if they last that long. Burnley will be hosting Brentford and will be looking for a first league win. I am sure both managers will make changes, but I hope for more balance from Nuno regarding our team.

Spurs and Burnley have a memorable history of Cup matches, stretching back to the early part of the 20th Century. The most memorable from our point of view is the 1962 FA Cup Final, when we won the trophy for the second consecutive year, making us eligible for our history-making European Cup Winners win the following year. Brian Judson's 2002 preview covers our FA Cup history against Burnley, but we are here to preview tomorrow's Carabao Cup fourth Round tie.

We have met Burnley in 5 League Cup ties, and so far the score is 3-2 to Spurs regarding the winners of those respective ties. The first meeting in the quarter-final January 1983 was not an auspicious one for Spurs, but a memorable one for "The Clarets" who won 4-1 to reach the semi-final for the third time. Burnley lost the semi-final to Liverpool, who beat Manchester United in that year's final.

Our next League Cup meeting was better for Spurs. In September 1993, Burnley had fought their way back to the third tier (Division Two), and played Spurs in a two-legged second round tie. The Turf Moor leg finished 0-0 in front of 16,844. Stephen Carr made his club debut in this game. Spurs won the second leg on 6th October, 1993. The score was 3-1, with Teddy Sheringham scoring two and David Howells also scoring, whilst David Eyres scored Burnley's goal. David Eyres became a veteran footballer, and played for Oldham against Spurs in our 6-0 win in September, 2004, retiring at the end of the 2005-06 season.

Our next two meetings with Burnley were at Turf Moor. In November, 2002 Glenn Hoddle took a slightly weakened side which included Gus Poyet (Captain), who put us in the lead in the 17th minute. Robbie Keane came off the bench at half-time, but could do nothing about the goals by Robbie Blake and Steve Davis that sent the home side through, and gave the away side and their fans a long, long trek home from the far north-west.

It was a more resilient and powerful Spurs team that got a 3-0 win in November 2004 in what was Martin Jol's first official game as head coach. Robbie Keane had everything to do with that win, scoring twice, whilst Jermain Defoe sealed the win with a cracking 25 yarder. Spurs went out in the next round, on penalties against Liverpool, who went on to lose to Chelsea in the final.

Finally, we met in the 2009 semi-final. When we won the first (home) leg 4-1 with goals by Michael Dawson, Jamie O'Hara, Roman Pavlyuchenko and an own goal, we all thought we had safe passage to the final. It was not so easy, as Burnley won the first 90 minutes 3-0 and we were thankful firstly to Pavlyuchenko and finally Jermain Defoe for extra-time goals to take us to Wembley (where we lost on penalties to Manchester United).

Aaron Lennon is now 34 years old. Thirteen and a half years ago he was a member of the last Spurs team to win a trophy, which was the 2008 League Cup against Chelsea. Aaron played all 120 minutes of that final and had a part to play in both our goals. He crossed the ball which led to our penalty equaliser by Dimitar Berbatov, and was fouled for the free kick from which Jonathan Woodgate scored our winner! Aaron agreed to return to Burnley after signing a short-term contract this summer. He became a free agent after leaving Turkish club Kayserispor and agreed to rejoin the Premier League club. Aaron played 90 minutes in Burnley's 4-1 win over Rochdale in the third round. He also played the first 59 minutes of their second round game against Newcastle.

Aaron Lennon has played over 450 league games for his 6 clubs since his professional career began in August 2003 (for Leeds against Spurs) and was shown his one and only red card last season when playing in Turkey. Aaron played in the first leg of our 2009 semi-final against Burnley but missed the second leg.

The last time Spurs fans were allowed to go to Turf Moor was for the 1-1 away Premier League draw in March last year when I wrote:- "Thank heavens for Spursí midfield dynamo Giovani Lo Celso! Brought on at half time for Tanguy Ndombele who was targeted post-match by Jose Mourinho to buck his ideas up, Lo Celso provided the pace, drive and creative spark for a very good second half performance."

Currently, Spurs fans have hardly one good word to muster about Lo Celso, and yet he remains a regular in the Argentine national side. Lo Celso has scored just one Premier League goal in 51 appearances, 24 of which have been as substitute. Gio's one goal this season was in our 5-1 Europa Conference game against Mura.

I am not going to try and predict a team, but whoever Sean Dyche selects will offer stern opposition in front of an enthusiastic crowd. I'd like to see us start with a strong side, and hopefully be able to rest two or three key players for Saturday. I'll go for Spurs to win by the odd goal in three. The game kicks off at 7.45pm and was not selected for TV, although Sky usually show key action including goals from all league cup games more or less as it happens. I will be attending Turf Moor and will report on Thursday morning.

Peter Bankes is our match referee. This will be his fifth Spurs game. His last was our Third Round win at Molineux, which ended in a penalty shoot-out.

Did you know?- We played an away league game at Turf Moor on 26th October last year and won 1-0 with a Kane-Son combination.

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