Burnley vs Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Predictions

Premier League Burnley vs Tottenham
Burnley vs Tottenham Hotspur Premier League

Saturday February 23rd, 12:30

Champions League contenders Tottenham Hotspur travel to relegation-threatened Burnley in an intriguing Premier League encounter.


On paper, top four regulars Tottenham Hotspur should be able to see off the determined challenge of Burnley, who are fighting for their top flight future. But Sean Dyche’s side have rediscovered their resolve in the last few weeks, and Tottenham occasionally struggle to break down teams built to defend – indeed, their last defeat was in the FA Cup to the Clarets’ relegation rivals Crystal Palace, as the Eagles triumphed 2-0.

So while a gap of more than 30 points confirms Spurs are operating on a different level to Burnley, across 90 minutes the home side’s work rate can level the playing field. There’s also a question over just how long Tottenham’s bare bones squad can continue to work miracles, and with games against Chelsea and a Champions League second leg affair at Borussia Dortmund to come, this might be the game in which Spurs let their standards slip.

Harry Kane should return, but Mauricio Pochettino could be forgiven for holding the striker back in light of fixtures to come, while Dele Ali is out a while longer. Burnley have Tottenham old boy Peter Crouch to lead their line but it’s the likes of Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes who are more likely to start.
At the other end, some combination of Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez should start at centre-back, while Ben Mee and James Tarkowski will continue for the home side. The pace of Son Heung-Min will be a threat with or without Kane on the pitch.

But Burnley, unbeaten in the Premier League since Boxing Day, will knuckle down and do what they do best – defend deep, harry in midfield and put crosses into the Spurs penalty area. They have though picked up marginally more points away from home than at Turf Moor, so home advantage might not be a factor.
These two sides met in mid-December, before Burnley found some form, and it was a tight game even then, eventually settled by Christian Eriksen’s 90th minute goal. Expect something similar here – Spurs to win 1-0 again.

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Betting Tips

What role Kane plays in the tie is yet to be determined but it’d do the England international good to get a run-out before the final third of the season really kicks into gear. Bookmakers think he’ll probably score, and Kane’s as close to a banker as players get. He’s 22/25 anytime with 888Sport.

Burnley’s success is built on the back of a strong defence, while Spurs being without Ali and Kane having spent so long out seriously dents their goal threat. Son can’t do it every week, and beyond the South Korean, there aren’t many more scorers in the Spurs side. Under 1.5 goals is 14/5 at 888Sport.


Head to Head

Tottenham haven’t lost to Burnley since a 4-2 defeat in 2010. Crouch was in the Spurs side that day, while Jack Cork was in the Burnley side and has been to Southampton and Swansea in the intervening years.

Last season, Spurs went to Burnley just before Christmas and won 3-0 thanks to Kane’s hat-trick.


  • Burnley won only one of their first seven Premier League games, a 4-0 victory over Bournemouth. Illustrating their change in fortunes, Burnley haven’t lost any of the last seven.
  • The game against Burnley will be Spurs’ 27th of the league season, and they have yet to draw any of them.
  • Only the league’s top two, Manchester City and Liverpool, have scored more and conceded fewer than Spurs.
  • Burnley have conceded 47 goals in the league this season – only the bottom two, Fulham and Huddersfield, have conceded more

Aspiring football journalist who realised he could put his vast knowledge towards gambling and making some money. With years spent on Football Manager, his boyhood obsession has carried over into his adult life and he's proven his mum that all that time spent playing a game wasn't to be wasted. A European football expert, James writes about anything on the continent and has began expanding his knowledge to other leagues in South America, Asia and the USA.

All Predictions by James Cooke