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The inside track on Burnley...

Posted on 17 December 2016  - 09:30

Tyrone Marshall, Burnley reporter from the Lancashire Telegraph, runs the rule over Sean Dyche's men for us ahead of Sunday's clash at the Lane.

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Tyrone Marshall
Burnley reporter, Lancashire Telegraph

tyrone250(1)How would you sum up Burnley’s form this season?
Tyrone: "Jekyll and Hyde. At home they’ve been very good, five wins out of nine, some excellent performances and they’ve scored goals. They’ve beaten Liverpool and Everton at home and gave Arsenal and Man City tough games. Away from home it’s a different story. One point from seven games and only one goal scored, and that a penalty. There’s been some really poor away performances and it’s a major concern for Burnley."

Tell us about the performance in the 1-0 loss at West Ham on Wednesday night...
Tyrone: "In the second half they were better than they have been and they had a couple of good chances to get something out of the game, but it wasn’t to be. It was another slow start though and the first half display left a lot to be desired. They almost got away with a sloppy first half but fell behind on the stroke of half-time, and it was the least West Ham had deserved."

Below: Dean Marney

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How is our former player Dean Marney getting on this season?
Tyrone: "Very well. He missed most of last season with various injuries but he’s been integral to Burnley this season and has started every Premier League game. With two new midfielders arriving in the summer in Steven Defour and Jeff Hendrick it was expected Marney might lose his place, but he’s been one of Burnley’s better players and he scored a fantastic goal against Manchester City."

Below: Sean Dyche

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How do you think Sean Dyche will approach this game? How is he likely to line-up tactically? Is anyone definitely out?
Tyrone: "Dyche has changed it tactically a few times away from home but I’d expect he will go with the same 4-4-2 formation that he used against West Ham on Wednesday, and probably the same players. Johann Berg Gudmundsson has been out with a hamstring injury but is getting closer to a return."

Below: Paul Robinson

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Finally, how do you think it will go on Sunday?
Tyrone: "It’s a big ask for Burnley to turn their away form around at White Hart Lane, but there were signs of improvement in the second half at West Ham. You’d expect a Tottenham win, but let’s go for a surprise 1-1."