Tottenham have sights set on top four against Burnley who are desperate for points
Tottenham to win 2-1
Although Spurs will be pleased with their start to the season, they will have some regrets over missed opportunities to press home their advantage over other teams who are struggling for form.
Big wins against Manchester United and Southampton have brought great confidence around the project which Jose Mourinho is building at the club.
However, missed chances to win games against the likes of Newcastle and, last weekend, West Ham, will be seen as points dropped rather than gained. It is still early in the season, however.
Burnley just cannot get a break at the moment. While they haven’t conceded as many goals as the other teams around them at the bottom, three goals scored is the joint-lowest in the league.
They’ve been too easy to play against, and although they’ve been solid Premier League contenders for many seasons now, that may be under threat if they don’t improve their form.
Form Guide (all comps): WLLLD
Reasons to be cheerful:
Spurs’ defence has been leaky this season
New signing Joe Rodon could start at the back
Reasons to be fearful:
Just one point from first four games
Scoring goals has been tricky for them
Sean Dyche has been a fabulous manager over the seasons for Burnley, first gaining promotion with them back in 2015-16 and then helping them secure survival each year since.
Unfortunately, should results continue in the manner that they have, with just a point coming from four matches, then Dyche’s position may come under threat in the weeks to come.
Their home form has also become a problem – Turf Moor has been seen as one of the toughest away days for most teams, but with just one win from their previous five home matches, their stadium is not the fortress it once was.
Their forwards have also not been finding the net so far – Chris Wood has just the one goal while his strike partner Barnes is still yet to get off the mark.
They have to improve rapidly.
Star Man – Chris Wood
Remains the best striker, but he must start finding the net with increased frequency to help his side
Form Guide (all comps): DWWDW
Reasons to be cheerful
Are unbeaten since the opening day of the season
Kane & Son are arguably the best strike partnership in the league
Reasons to be fearful
Have given away points from winning positions
Injuries mean defence will need to be adjusted
Jose Mourinho will be quietly confident in the way in which his team have started the season.
He will now have his sights set firmly on the top four, especially having watched many of Spurs’ competitors drop points left, right and centre already this season.
Harry Kane and Son are arguably the two best strikers in Europe so far this season, with 13 goals and 9 assists between them. They should see a weakened Burnley as target practice and a steppingstone up the table.
Burnley will look to be more direct than most teams, and so new signing Joe Rodon, standing at 6ft 4, could come into the centre back position with Eric Dier and Tanganga ruled out.
Spurs will want to press home their advantage here.
Star Man – Son Heung-Min
Looks in the form of his life and has turned into a world-class player at Tottenham
Kane and Son are likely to contribute in front of goal
If Burnley can score then it will give them confidence
Spurs could move into the top four
Tottenham have all the qualities, not to mention a world-class manager, to take them close to the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City than they have been before.
With strikers as great as Kane and Son, and the likes of Gareth Bale and others to back them up, they can be a challenge to any team this season.
Burnley have to improve quickly if they are to rise up the table and avoid a scrap at the bottom.
Unfortunately, that seems unlikely this weekend.
Tottenham to win 2-1