Tottenham vs Burnley preview, betting tips and predictions: Tottenham to get first Wembley win of the seasonPublished August 23, 2017
Tottenham to win and BTTS @ 9/4 with Sky Bet
Harry Kane to score first @ 5/2 with Betfair
Tottenham to win and under 2.5 goals @ 21/10 with Betfair
Tottenham have made a mixed start to the Premier League season, beating Newcastle on the opening day of the season and then losing to Chelsea last week. Burnley, meanwhile, have done the opposite to expected by winning at Stamford Bridge, only their second away win in the top flight since promotion in 2016, before losing to West Brom at Turf Moor.
Perhaps most impressive was their attacking intent against the champions, scoring three in the first half. Sam Vokes got a brace, and the Welshman was under pressure to deliver after the sale of Andre Gray to Watford left him as their main striker. Championship top scorers from last season, Chris Wood, joined from Leeds in a club-record £15million deal, meaning the Clarets will have a threat of their own in this game.
The New Zealander has a great physical presence, and that could give Burnley the opportunity to bypass Spurs’ midfield with long balls. Sean Dyche will likely want to do this because the visitors may get suffocated from Spurs’ high press, something they didn’t have to worry about against a more passive Chelsea side. Wood is a good bet to score on his debut, and Spurs will still fancy their chances even if they do concede.
But Harry Kane is still yet to score in ten August games, meaning at 5/2 he may not be as good value to score first then he would normally. But the England man remains Spurs’ biggest goal threat, and his combination with Dele Alli, which yielded 45 league goals last term, means he could break his duck in this game, especially because Burnley do not have the best defensive record away from home. For both Alli and Kane to score, Betfair are offering rather short odds of 2/1.
But Burnley will hold their positions more, and attempt to frustrate Spurs, rather than attacking Chelsea. Mauricio Pochettino’s men have struggled to find the net on a number of occasions without Kane, and if he doesn’t step up once again, it could be a low scoring affair, hence the under 2.5 goals tip at 21/10 with Betfair.
Burnley are likely to pack the midfield in a bid to reduce the space for Spurs to hurt them. While Alli and Christian Eriksen create higher up the pitch, Mousa Dembele, who is one of the Premier League’s more complete midfielders, supplies them; the Belgian combines pace, technique, strength, energy and positional discipline and is the heartbeat of this Spurs team. As the more rounded box to box player in Burnley’s set up, he will be Jack Cork’s responsibility, with Jeff Hendrick looking to get forward and Steven Defour sitting deep to protect against the likes of Alli and Eriksen.