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Burnley Vs Tottenham Hotspur Preview: Talking Tactics, Team News, Predicted Lineups And Key Men

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A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

Tottenham Hotspur are looking to get back to winning form as they travel to Turf Moor to face Burnley on Monday. The Lilywhites squandered a three-goal lead in the last Premier League match against West Ham, and Jose Mourinho will hope that a midweek win over LASK should help his side gain some momentum heading into this game.

Burnley, meanwhile, have had a disastrous start to the new campaign. They are one of the four clubs yet to secure a single win in the Premier League so far. However, the Clarets did register their first point in the draw with West Brom, so Sean Dyche will be hoping for another sturdy defensive display on Monday.

Burnley Vs Tottenham Hotspur Tactical Preview

Talking Tactics


Burnley manager Sean Dyche has no reason to shift away from a 4-4-2 formation as the two banks of four could be useful against Tottenham Hotspur. We are set to expect a compact formation, with the home side looking to frustrate the opposition with a deep defensive line. Even the midfielders could operate in a deeper role, meaning the two forwards could play a key role in the first line of press.

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur, on the other hand, are set to continue with a 4-3-3, with the additional midfielder operating in a slightly advanced role. There will be changes in the defensive department, with Serge Aurier returning at right-back. It should see Spurs employing a left-sided overload with Sergio Reguilon and Son Heung-Min bombarding the flanks.

Team News


Dyche has confirmed that Matthew Lowton is in contention to feature against Tottenham on Monday. Unfortunately, the Clarets will continue missing out on the services of key defender Ben Mee even though he has returned to training. He joins Jack Cork, Phil Bardsley and Bailey Peacock-Farrell on the sidelines.

Predicted Lineup: Pope; Lowton, Long, Tarkowski, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil; Barnes, Wood.

Burnley Vs Tottenham Hotspur Tactical Preview - Burnley attack needs to perform on Monday.
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 28: Chris Wood of Burnley celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Burnley FC at Villa Park on September 28, 2019 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Tottenham Hotspur

Eric Dier is once again a doubt for Tottenham Hotspur heading into this game. He is out with Japhet Tanganga, meaning Toby Alderweireld is more than guaranteed to return to the side. Aside from that, Mourinho should face no more injury-related absentees, although the Portuguese tactician is likely to ring in the changes from the side that secured a win over LASK in midweek.

Predicted Lineup: Lloris; Aurier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Reguilon; Sissoko, Hojbjerg, Ndombele; Bergwijn, Kane, Son.

Key Men


Burnley’s biggest problem this season has been the lack of productivity going forward. So the onus will be on the two strikers in Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood to breach the Tottenham defence with their physicality and aerial prowess.

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham, on the other hand, will once again rely on the services of the in-form duo of Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane. The two players have been in fiery form and preventing them from finding the back of the net should be Burnley’s main priority heading into this game.

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