Preview: Tottenham v Burnley

Tottenham Hotspur will be eyeing up all three points from their Premier League clash with Burnley at White Hart Lane on Sunday to help further close the gap between themselves and the early-season fruntrunners.

Spurs, who shrugged off just their second defeat of the season, a 1-0 loss to Manchester United, with a healthy 3-0 victory over Hull in midweek, come into this game, in fifth place with 30 points from 16 games, some 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.

Burnley, who are down in 13th place with 17 points, have endured a difficult season, with a couple of positive results thrown in for good measure.

The Clarets lost three in a row, to West Brom, Manchester City and Stoke City before seeing off Bournemouth 3-2. But come into this game after narrowly losing 1-0 to West Ham.

Just six points separates Sean Dyche's side from the bottom of the standings.

While Dyche saw an improvement in his side's performances in recent weeks, they still aren't getting the desired results, and the manager knows his side face a stern test of their credentials this weekend.

He told the Lancashire Telegraph: "It doesn't get any easier, they’re fantastic.

"I really like Mauricio Pochettino, what he’s done there, the way they work, the energy and quality. 

"It's a different challenge to (West Ham in midweek). There's been some good signs from Stoke and (West Ham), but now we need to turn it into results, we’re not naive. 

"We could do with a scratch of luck along the way as well, and we haven’t had that."

Burnley are without Johann Gudmundsson with a hamstring injury, Mousa Dembele (foot) and Vincent Janssen (ankle) face a late fitness tests for Spurs, while and Erik Lamela (hip) will definitely miss out.

"We have another training session tomorrow and then we'll see if he's [Mousa Dembele] available or not," Pochettino said before the game.

"Vincent [Janssen] is the same as Mousa, he's improving a lot and we'll see tomorrow if he's available.

"Erik [Lamela] is improving every day. He's still out, but we're happy with how he's improving."

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