Glenn Hoddle expects a tough examination from Burnley tonight at Turf Moor and is taking little notice of recent results.
We head north in the Worthington Cup and the Lancashire side will be looking to bounce back from three straight defeats with a prize Premiership scalp.
Burnley have conceded 12 goals in their last three games and were on the wrong end of an amazing 6-5 scoreline against Grimsby. Prior to this losing sequence they enjoyed a run of five wins, including victory over Huddesfield in this competition.
So Glenn is not reading too much into stats and is expecting no easy pickings.
"Very much so and they are a good footballing side," said the boss. "They've had a few indifferent results, but they've played well.
"They lost 6-5 and 3-1 in their last two, but they were still in the game. They had been on a good run before and I saw them beat Leicester away.
"They are a good side and with the crowd behind them it's going to be a typical away cup tie. We've got to go up there and really put on a performance if we're going to get the right result."
Glenn does anticipate that Burnley will be playing under less pressure and that the cup might be a release for their players and fans from the stresses of recent results.
"Being Cup football they might have a bigger crowd than they would normally get. The crowd might have less tension, if you like, there will be less anxiety and they will be right behind the team looking to dump a Premiership side out of the Worthington Cup.
"It is always dangerous going into these type of games. To go all the way you've got to overcome games like this."