Hooray for actual league football! Tottenham Hotspur had up the road to Lancashire to face Burnley FC at Turf Moor this morning. Spurs didn't fare so well the last time they played at Turf Moor, drawing 1-1 with the Clarets in the FA Cup using a rotated side. This time they're playing a (almost) full-strength team, and are (mostly) healthy and rested after the international "break."
Burnley are fighting for their Premier League lives, as they are 19th in the table and desperately need points at this stage if they are to have any hope of staying up. They're also not very good, having scored only 14 goals in 15 league matches. Naturally, this means they'll put three past us today, right?
Tottenham survived the international break with a minimum of tragedy and injury: only Hugo Lloris and Roberto Soldado have any sort of knocks at present, and those took place before the international fixtures. Michel Vorm will start between the sticks for Tottenham. With the midfield not performing so well, it'll be interesting to see what sort of lineup Mauricio Pochettino trots out today.
#THFC team: Vorm, Walker, Chiriches, Dier, Rose; Bentaleb, Mason; Chadli, Eriksen, Paulinho; Kane (c) #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 5, 2015
#THFC subs: Friedel, Davies, Dembele, Lamela, Stambouli, Townsend, Soldado #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 5, 2015
Confirmed #BFC starting XI: Heaton; Trippier, Duff, Shackell (c), Mee; Boyd, Jones, Arfield, Barnes; Ings, Vokes. #ClaretsLIVE— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) April 5, 2015
Confirmed #BFC subs to face @SpursOfficial: Gilks, Keane, Ward, Kightly, Jutkiewicz, Sordell, Ulvestad. #ClaretsLIVE— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) April 5, 2015
How to Watch
Match Date: Sunday, April 5, 2015
Time: 1:30 pm, GMT (8:30 a.m. ET)
Location: Turf Moor, Burnley England
TV/Streaming: Strangely, LiveSoccerTV is claiming that this match is only being streamed online at NBC Sports Live Extra, but a quick check on TVGuide shows that, yes, it's broadcast live on NBC Sports. Check your local listings. It is apparently not on TV at all in the UK. Soz, m8s. Canadians can find it on your regional Sportsnet channel; Aussies are also out of luck this morning. Find your local listings for the match here.
Radio: BBC Radio London 94.9 normally broadcasts Spurs' matches (unavailable in the USA without a proxy), and it will also be carried in the UK on TalkSport Radio. If you are a (free) MySpurs or OneHotspur member you can listen on Spurs' official website, though it's not always reliable.
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