After getting pounded by Manchester City at the Etihad last weekend, Tottenham Hotspur now face a trip to the surprise team of the Premier League this season: Burnley. The Clarets are sixth in the table, one ahead of Spurs, and have done so through defensive verve and more than a little bit of luck. Their only home losses are to West Brom in August and to Arsenal. Will Spurs be the next one to win at Turf Moor?
Match Date, Time and Location
Saturday, December 23, 2017, 12:30 p.m. (ET), 5:30 p.m. (BST)
Turf Moor, Burnley, UK
Match official: Michael Oliver
United Kingdom: BT Sport 1
USA: NBC, Telemundo (Spanish)
Canada: Sportsnet World
Australia: Optus Sport
Other countries can find their match listings at livesoccertv.com
Spurs can make Christmas happy with a win.
Spurs played Burnley at Wembley Stadium in week 3 back in August, when the Wembley Curse was still a thing and the Clarets were expected to be relegation candidates. Chris Wood scored a 90th minute equalizer as the media clucked about Spurs’ inability to win at England’s national stadium.
How things have changed. Nobody much talks about Wembley anymore, what with Spurs sporting a 5-3-1 record this season, but that last-gasp draw still stings in the context of this season, especially seeing what the Clarets have done already this season.
Burnley weren’t expected to be in this position with nearly half of the season gone — there was nothing in their rather anemic campaign under Sean Dyche last season that would lead you to think that their squad of up-jumped Championship players had it in them to gate-crash the top four, but here we are.
Spurs had their asses handed to them by Manchester City last weekend, which on the surface is bad, but also is par for the course, since that’s pretty much happened to every team this season. That said, while Spurs have on the whole done pretty well during their year of exile, they’ve had a few key injuries and suspensions, and have seemingly been abandoned by the Finishing Pixie, and that’s been enough to drop them down to seventh. The good news is that thanks to the hilarious draw between Arsenal and Liverpool yesterday, they can jump back up to fifth with a win.
You never take away wins for granted in the Premier League, and this one could be especially tricky. Hopefully Spurs have learned the lesson from their first encounter with Burnley and can put this one away early.
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