Tottenham Hotspur are winning, and doesn't it feel good to say that? It's been a bit of a bumpy road, but Tottenham are still in the hunt for a top-four finish in the Barclay's Premier League. To get there though, they'll need a win on Saturday over newly promoted Burnley.
Burnley started out slowly, going winless in ten matches, but they're starting to coalesce here at the end of the calendar year. The Clarets are coming off of an important morale-boosting win over Southampton, and are hoping momentum can lead them to a result at White Hart Lane. They're a club that is trying to do enough just to stay out of the relegation zone when all is said and done.
Tottenham should be considered the heavy favorites in this match, but we've seen countless examples already this season of teams that should dominate that end up doing anything but. Spurs must not overlook Burnley if they want to stay in the hunt for a Champions League berth next season.
Tottenham Hotspur is (almost) healthy! That may be the first time we've been able to say that all season. Kyle Walker has returned to first team action and after being rested for the midweek Capital One Cup match against Newcastle, he should be in line for another start at right back. Also, Emmanuel Adebayor is back in contention, though recent comments from Mauricio Pochettino have indicated that he may not start against Burnley. Physioroom lists Eric Dier with a foot/ankle injury, back on December 20, but otherwise there are no injuries to speak of in the Tottenham squad, and Poche should have his full quad of players to choose from.
As for Burnley, they're mostly healthy too. It was suggested that their high-flying striker Sam Vokes, who led them to promotion last season but who has been injured since last March, might be in the frame for this match, but it may be too early for his return quite yet. Otherwise, Ben Mee, Michael Duff, Matthew Taylor, and Stephen Ward are all out for the Clarets.
Predicted Spurs lineup: Lloris; Walker, Fazio, Vertonghen, Davies; Bentaleb, Mason; Lamela, Eriksen, Soldado; Kane
How to Watch:
Match time: 3:00 p.m. (U.K.), 10:00 a.m. (USA ET)
Venue: White Hart Lane, London, England
TV: American viewers can find watch the match on NBC Premier League Extra Time (i.e. the "extra channels") or you can stream the match online via NBC Sports Live Extra. Our Canadian friends can view it on Sportsnet 1, and our Aussies Aussies Aussies can watch on FOX FOX FOX Sports 3.
The match is not on television in England because somehow England still hasn't figured out how to do this despite owning the league, and everything is dumb. You can probably find the match on BBC Radio, however.
If you're watching from elsewhere in the world, find your local footy listings on livesoccertv.com.