Tottenham will look to keep their chances of an unlikely Premier League victory alive as they travel to Turf Moor to take on a Burnley side who are winless in seven matches.
The hosts will be looking to capitalise on their excellent form at home – on par with sixth-placed Arsenal – in order to claim the three points that could catapult the from 13th all the way to 10th on the log.
However, Sean Dyche’s side are battling attrocious form. With only three points out of a possible 21, The Clarets’ once-promising season looks on the verge of being derailed entirely.
Mauricio Pochettino’s young Tottenham side are more likely to be looking over their shoulders than at league leaders Chelsea, who have all but disappeared over the horizon. Breathing down Spurs’ necks are Manchester City, a mere two points behind the Londoners.
But Pep Guardiola’s men face a somewhat more challenging task on Sunday as they welcome Arsenal to the Etihad. Spurs will be very keen to capitalise on the possibility of the Citizens not claiming all three points against the Gunners.
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Ahead of the clash, Pochettino spoke of the combative strategy he has in mind.
“It will be tough," the Argentine told reporters. "They are doing very well at home and we know very well that we need to fight from the first moment in the game.
"They are a very physical team,” he continued. “A very aggressive team and it will be tough. Not only must we give our best, we must be ready to fight for every single ball.”
His counterpart spoke with confidence about his side’s significant home advantage.
“We feel that we can beat anybody there with the crowd behind us," he told the Burnley Express.
“We’ve turned up against the big boys and we love it when they come. When everybody is at it it’s a special occasion.”
Team news is that Burnley are without any new injuries following the international break although Johann Berg Gudmundsson (knee) and Dean Marney (knee) remain long-term casualties.
Spurs are without Harry Kane (ankle) and Danny Rose (knee).