Spurs face Burnley days before Champions League second leg

 

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Tottenham Hotspur’s busy schedule continues this weekend when we face Burnley at Turf Moor in the Premier League, three days after extra time and FA Cup elimination at the hands of Norwich City, and three days before our Champions League Round of 16 second leg in Germany against RB Leipzig.

Defeat at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend left us five points outside of the top four with 10 games remaining. However, Manchester City’s potential two-year expulsion from the Champions League could open up a further spot in the Premier League. We head into the weekend two points behind Manchester United in fifth.

Therefore it’s key that we get back to winning ways domestically as soon as we can in order to maintain the race for a top five finish. However, with a big European tie midweek it will be interesting to see how strong of a starting lineup Jose Mourinho names in Lancashire on Saturday evening.

The bookmakers don’t have a favourite with odds on us picking up three points at 6/4, and a Burnley win 13/8. Anyone that fancies their odds of picking the correct result may want to take advantage of freebets and offers to provide a handsome return for any winner.

Burnley head into Saturday’s game unbeaten in their last six Premier League matches (W4, D2) which includes a 2-1 win over Leicester City and a 2-0 win away to Manchester United. Sean Dyche’s side have also had additional rest and time to prepare for us as they were not in FA Cup action midweek.

During the impressive run the Clarets have been on, they have conceded just twice, keeping clean sheets against Manchester United, Arsenal, Bournemouth and Newcastle United.

Given that we are without Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, we will need top performances from the likes of Steven Bergwijn, Lucas Moura, Dele Alli and co if we’re to breach their defence and pick up three points.

Following our trip to Bournemouth, we’re away to RB Leipzig in the Champions League on Tuesday night. We face an uphill task having been beaten 0-1 at home a fortnight ago.

RB Leipzig are challenging Bayern Munich for the German Bundesliga title so don’t expect Julian Nagelsmann to rest many or any of his stars for their trip to VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday afternoon.

It’s a big week ahead of Jose Mourinho and our team as we look to both progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League and look to close the gap on the top four in the Premier League table. Our next two fixtures will have a huge say on how our season will end.

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