April 03, 2015

Premier League survival remains well within reach for Burnley.

Sean Dyche's Burnley (5-10-15) may have won just one of their last nine league games, but still have plenty of hope of remaining in the Premier League. Just one point from safety with eight games to play, the Clarets have already overachieved given their status as the lowest transfer spenders with the lowest wage bill in the division, but know that four wins in the remainder of the season is likely enough to secure their unlikely survival.

Burnley's last six games have all been against top-eight sides, but a 1-1 draw with league leaders Chelsea and a remarkable 1-0 win over second-placed Manchester City have allowed Burnley to keep pace with their relegation rivals.

"We have had a run of games where people said we wouldn't get a point. Well, we've got four and we want more," a defiant Dyche said. "I think opponents know we are willing to give everything to win a game.

"We have a clear way of working and wins have been hard to come by because of the jump in quality, but we think, slowly but surely, we've refocused on what the job is and I think we are now delivering good performances. I have total belief that we will stay in the Premier League."

Burnley's tough run of fixtures shows no sign of letting up. A north London doubleheader is next up for the Clarets, with a fixture against Arsenal coming hot on the heels of Sunday's meeting with Tottenham Hotspur at Turf Moor.

Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham (16-5-9) were in a strong run of form prior to the international break, winning three of their last four league games, and Spurs' players represented well for the English national team.

Premier League top-scorer Harry Kane made his England debut in their European qualifier against Lithuania and scored within two minutes of coming on as a substitute in a 4-0 win, and five days later, Kane was one of four Spurs players on the pitch as Ryan Mason set up Andros Townsend for the equalising goal in a 1-1 draw with Italy in Turin on Tuesday evening.

"The occasion was full of joy and excitement really," said midfielder Mason, whose own England debut came in the Italy friendly. "I was desperate to get on and when the gaffer gave me the heads-up that I was coming on I was a little bit nervous - but it was still the best feeling I've ever experienced. It's been a crazy season for me and to top it off with an England cap is unbelievable.

"It's a dream come true to represent your country and it was great to have three of our other lads on the pitch together when I got my chance. That made it that extra bit special. For Andros to score like that as well - we all know he's got that quality and hopefully he can produce it more for Tottenham because we all know what a fantastic strike he's got on him."

All four of Tottenham's England stars are likely to return to the starting lineup against Burnley, but Spurs have fitness concerns over Danny Rose (hip), Eric Dier (eye), Hugo Lloris (knee) and Roberto Soldado (knee).

Burnley have injury worries over midfielder Matty Taylor (calf), while Dean Marney and Kevin Long are both out until next season with knee ligament injuries.

Spurs won 2-1 when these teams met in December, with Kane, Ashley Barnes and Erik Lamela scoring the goals. The London side also knocked Burnley out of the FA Cup this season, rallying for a 4-2 victory at White Hart Lane in a third-round replay.

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