Notebook – Burnley v Spurs
Sun 28 November 2021, 09:30|Tottenham Hotspur
We return to Premier League action this afternoon as we head to Burnley (2pm kick-off).
Here in the Notebook, we take a look at all the key points of note ahead of the game…
1 - Last visit to Turf Moor
Our last trip to Turf Moor came just a month ago in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. On a blustery night in Lancashire, we held firm in a bruising encounter and managed to find a winner midway through the second half as Lucas Moura headed home Emerson Royal’s sumptuous delivery. That booked us a place in the competition’s quarter-finals – we host West Ham later this month.
2 - Defensive strengths
Despite picking up one clean sheet in our last five outings, we can take heart from our recent record of shut outs against Burnley. In our last 12 games against the Clarets, we have kept eight clean sheets, with five of them coming at Turf Moor, including a shut out in each of our last two games there (both 1-0 wins).
3 - Beating Burnley
Our recent record against the Clarets is a strong one. In our last 15 encounters, we have lost just once and, in that run, we have been victorious in 10 games.
4 - Difficult start for Dyche’s men
It has been a tough campaign so far for Sean Dyche’s Burnley. Having played 12 games in the Premier League, the Clarets have managed just one win – a 3-1 victory over Brentford – while they have drawn six times and lost their other five games. The Lancashire side currently sit in the relegation places, in 18th, and are two points from safety.
5 - Coming from behind
Last Sunday’s victory against Leeds was the second time we have come from behind to win this season after defeating Newcastle United 3-2 in October. That made it six points won from losing positions - only Everton have managed more in the Premier League (7).
6 - Heading home
Burnley have a knack when it comes to scoring headers. So far this season, they have buried six headers in the Premier League – the most in the league. On the other hand, we have yet to score such a goal this campaign.
7 - Harry and Sonny
Attacking duo Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son remain two goal combinations away from taking the all-time Premier League record – and looking at their respective records against Burnley, you wouldn’t be surprised if they broke that record this afternoon...
The pair have combined for 35 goals so far in the competition – one behind record holders Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba (36) - with one of their goal combinations proving to be the winner in this fixture last term. A clever flick on from Harry was powered in by Sonny at the far post in October, 2020, for a 1-0 win in Lancashire and that was the South Korean’s fifth goal involvement (two goals, three assists) in his last three league games against the Clarets. For our number 10, meanwhile, it was the 10th goal he has been involved in against Sean Dyche’s men in his last seven appearances, scoring seven and assisting three
8 - Pope on Sunday
We have a strong record when facing Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope. The Clarets’ shot stopper has conceded 14 goals against us in his Premier League career so far and he is yet to keep a clean sheet when facing us. Only against Manchester City (17) and Chelsea (15) has he conceded more, while only against Leicester (7), the Citizens, and the Blues (6) has he played more times against an opponent in the competition without keeping a clean sheet. Although we have failed to score in our last two Premier League away games, it has been seven years since we went three consecutive fixtures on the road without scoring.
9 - Antonio versus Dyche
Antonio Conte has never lost to Sean Dyche at Turf Moor. Having travelled to Burnley’s Lancashire home twice in his career to date, our Italian Head Coach has won one and drawn one. In total, he has faced Dyche’s side four times, winning twice, drawing once and losing the other.
10 - Conte on Burnley
With plenty of experience of facing Burnley, Antonio Conte knows what to expect at Turf Moor.
“Burnley is a tough game, they play with intensity, they put pressure on, they play a lot of long balls, and they are very good in set-pieces, so we have to pay great attention,” he said.
“They are working with a really good manager for many, many years, and this is important for them. I know the atmosphere will be hot, but we must be ready, ready to fight and to give everything to try to get the three points.”