Notebook – Spurs v Burnley
Sat 14 May 2022, 15:00|Tottenham Hotspur
On Sunday, we face our final home match of the season as we host Burnley at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (12pm kick-off).
Here in the Notebook, take a look at the game’s key points of note…
1 - Taking advantage
While we will take to the field on Sunday just 62 hours after Thursday night’s vital north London derby win, in opening this weekend’s Premier League action against Burnley, we could gain something of an advantage in our fight for a Champions League place, if we can take victory.
As rivals Arsenal - who currently sit fourth, but just a point above us with two games to play - do not play again until Monday night against Newcastle United, if we can take all three points against the Clarets, we will move into fourth and will sit two points ahead of the Gunners. That result would then leave the men in red needing to go to St James' Park and win in order to remain in pole position.
2 - Burnley battling for survival
To take all three points against Burnley on Sunday will be no mean feat though, with the Clarets also having a great deal to play for as we head into the final week of the season. Currently, the Lancashire side are in a fight against the drop. With just three games remaining of the season, they presently sit just outside of the relegation zone in 17th, but only goal difference keeping them safe. A victory in north London would do a great deal for their survival bid and they will arrive in good form, having won four of their last three games (L1).
3 - On top against the Clarets
In the Premier League though, we have a very strong record against Burnley. In our 15 meetings with the Clarets to date in the top flight, we have lost just three times while winning nine of them (D3).
4 - Strong home record against Burnley
And that record is almost nigh on perfect when we look at just home league meetings. Having hosted Burnley seven times to date in the Premier League, we remain undefeated with six wins and a draw in that time – we haven’t fallen at home to the Clarets in the league in 48 years - we last lost to them in north London in October, 1974 (3-2). We’ve scored 20 times across our Premier League home meetings, conceding just three times, while, in just our last three home meetings, we have scored 10 times without conceding.
Our last meeting in N17 - Spurs 4-0 Burnley - 28 February, 2021
5 - Last home game success
We usually enjoy our final home games of the season. Despite having lost our final home game of last season – a 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa – that was just one of three times we have failed to win such a game in the last 13 years. Since the 2008/09 season, we have won 10 of our final home matches, drawing one and losing two.
6 - Conte doubles?
Having earned victory earlier in the season at Turf Moor, Burnley have a chance to complete a league ‘double’ over us for the first time in 48 years on Sunday, however achieving a league double over a team managed by Antonio Conte is just as rare a feat. In his managerial career, Antonio has largely avoided defeats by the same team both home and away in a single season. Since beginning his managerial career with Arezzo in 2006, only four teams have managed to complete a league ‘double’ over the Italian – Sampdoria at Juventus (2012/13), Manchester City at Chelsea (2017/18) and Juventus at Internazionale (2019/20).
7 - Burnley’s away day difficulties
It has been a tough season for Burnley on the road. While their home form at Turf Moor has been as strong as always, they have relatively struggled away from Lancashire with just two wins from their 17 away matches to date.
8 - The Clarets’ capital stalemates
Despite their lack of wins on the road in the Premier League though, the Clarets have been relatively difficult to beat on their travels - and especially in London. While they have been beaten in almost 50 per cent of their away games, Burnley have managed to avoid defeat in nine away fixtures – including in four of their five matches in London. All four times they have avoided defeat, they have drawn, with points picked up at Chelsea, Arsenal, Crystal Palace and West Ham.
9 - Clarets Sunday troubles
While they have enjoyed their trips to the capital this season, they haven’t had much luck in Sunday games. Of all of the current teams in the Premier League, Burnley hold the highest loss rate on a Sunday having fallen in 37 of their 62 such games (60 per cent). That said, they did win their last outing on a Sunday, defeating Wolves 1-0 at Turf Moor last month.
10 - Kane on Sundays and Burnley
This game presents two match factors that Harry Kane seems to thrive on - playing on a Sunday and against Burnley. Firstly, against the Clarets, Harry has been involved in 11 goals in 11 Premier League appearances, scoring eight goals and assisting three times. He has also scored seven times in his last seven outings against them in the top flight.
Meanwhile, our number 10 is the Premier League’s all-time goalscorer on games played on a Sunday. So far on that day, he’s scored 69 times, which includes four strikes this season. If he scores on Sunday, he’ll be the first player in the competition’s history to score at least 70 goals on two different days of the week having also scored 70 times on a Saturday.