May 15, 2022

Tottehnam vs Burnley: Can Kane lead Spurs into fourth?

Tottehnam vs Burnley: Can Kane lead Spurs into fourth?

A home win would lift Tottenham Hotspur two points above Arsenal into fourth place, and lay down a marker for their north London rivals, who visit Newcastle United on Monday evening.

An away victory would prove a major boost for Burnley’s hopes of staying in the Premier League. They are lying in 17th place, two behind 16th-placed Everton, and level on points with Leeds United, who have played one match more than the Clarets and have a far inferior goal difference.

Harry Kane is the Premier League’s all-time highest goalscorer in matches played on a Sunday (69). If he scores here, he would be the first player in the competition’s history to score 70+ goals on two different days of the week, having scored 70 in Saturday matches. 

Burnley are looking to complete their first league double over Spurs since 1974/75, which was also the last campaign in which they beat them away from home.

Maxwel Cornet is Burnley’s top scorer in the Premier League this season, with his eight goals more than double any other player has netted for the Clarets. He is two goals away from becoming the fourth Ivorian to net at least 10 times in his debut PL campaign, after Didier Drogba (2004/05), Arouna Kone (2012/13) and Wilfried Bony (2013/14).

Spurs are unbeaten in their last nine home league matches against Burnley (W8 D1), winning the last three by an aggregate score of 10-0. 

With Burnley in desperate need of points, Barclays Manager of the Month Mike Jackson has to not only start Cornet at Tottenham Hotspur but also find a system that is built around him.

The Ivorian’s consolation goal as a second-half substitute in last weekend’s 3-1 home defeat by Aston Villa was a reminder of the dynamism and quality he provides.

Cornet is by some distance Burnley’s strongest goal threat. Of the players expected to be fit to face Spurs, his 188.8 minutes-per-goal ratio is way ahead of his team-mates.

Line Ups:

Tottenham: Loris, Emerson Royal, Sanchez, Dier, Davies, Sessegnon, Bentancur, Hojbjerg, Lucas, Son, Kane

Burnley: Pope, Roberts, Lowton, Collins, Long, Taylor, McNeil, Brownhill, Cork, Barnes, Cornet

CREDIT: Premier League

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