Burnley-Tottenham Hotspur Preview
Tottenham and Burnley will both be in bullish moods ahead of their Premier League clash at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
Spurs (7-3-6) cast aside their erratic league form to thrash Newcastle United 4-0 at home in the League Cup on Wednesday. Individual strikes from Nabil Bentaleb, Nacer Chadli, Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado helped the Lilywhites set up a two-legged semifinal in January against League One outfit Sheffield United.
Tottenham, who are seventh in the Premier League table with 24 points from 16 matches, have won only one of their last four home league matches as they struggled for consistency under manager Mauricio Pochettino.
A relieved Pochettino expressed delight with the result against Newcastle and said he wanted his players to carry their winning mentality into next weekend's match against Burnley.
"I'm very pleased with the players and our fans were brilliant," Pochettino told his club's website. "The atmosphere in the stadium was fantastic and I'm so happy. I enjoyed it from the bench as well!
"We were clinical and that's important in football. In front of goal we had chances and scored. It was an important game for us and we now need three points against Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday."
Burnley (3-6-7) moved out of the bottom three after beating Southampton 1-0 at home last weekend with Ashley Barnes netting the winner on 73 minutes. The Saints had earlier missed a golden opportunity to take the lead when Dusan Tadic saw his 60th-minute penalty kick saved by Clarets goalkeeper Tom Heaton. Burnley held out for their third league victory of the season and have now taken 11 points from their last six matches.
Clarets boss Sean Dyche hailed the character and desire of his squad after the Southampton game.
"If you're beginning to find success in any walk of life you feel more confident, more at ease and you deliver usually with a bit more freedom," Dyche said. "The players are doing that well at the moment but there's a real authenticity and honesty about this group, they get it from me and the staff and between themselves.
"We can only look at what we do and prepare appropriately for every challenge that comes our way. They know this is not a walk in the park."
Dyche is hopeful of having striker Sam Vokes available in the next week or two. The 25-year-old Wales international has been sidelined since March after rupturing the ACL in his knee against Leicester City.
The Clarets' only away win so far was a 2-1 victory at Stoke in late November.
Tottenham smashed Burnley 5-0 when the sides last met in Premier League at White Hart Lane in September 2009. Robbie Keane scored four times with Jermaine Jenas adding a fifth.
Burnley won the return match 4-2 at Turf Moor in May 2010. Spurs were 2-0 up after 32 minutes thanks to goals from Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, but the Clarets scored four unanswered as Wade Elliott, Jack Cork, Martin Paterson and Steven Thompson all netted.