‘Performance metrics are still similar’ – Journalist does not expect Spurs to have it easy at Burnley

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Dom Le Roy

Sky Sports journalist Lewis Jones does not expect the game against Burnley to be straight-forward for Tottenham, although he did back Jose Mourinho’s men to get all three points against the Clarets.

Mourinho has insisted that Burnley are in a false position in the table and has confidently backed them to comfortably steer clear of relegation this season (Football.London)

The Spurs boss has made it clear that he expects a hard-fought game when his side travels to Turf Moor on Monday.

Jones has now explained in his Sky Sports column why Mourinho’s suggestion might have merit.

He revealed that Sean Dyche’s side are posting similar metrics to the ones they did last season despite having won just one of their four league matches so far.

Burnley have suffered defeats against Leicester, Southampton and Newcastle, and only registered their first point last Monday with a 0-0 draw against West Brom.

Jones expects them to give Spurs a tough fight but he backed Harry Kane to fire the away side to a win.

He wrote in his column: “Burnley have started the season slowly, but their performance metrics are still similar to last season where they were a solid mid-table team.

“Defensively, there has been encouragement for Sean Dyche’s men – only three teams have faced lower expected goals in the Premier League, while they are top for duels won and aerial duels won.

“The problem for them this Monday will be the current form of Harry Kane, who performed like the best striker in world football against West Ham.

“Kane has seven goals in eight Premier League appearances against Burnley – it’s hard to see Dyche’s men stopping him. Result: 1-2”

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