Burnley v Tottenham: the predictions and the psychology
Tottenham Hotspur may be third in the league, with only the most optimistic of their supporters thinking they might overtake both of the clubs above them to win the league in colour (as their manager suggested the other day), but when it comes to away form, they are supreme.
Away games only
Over two goals a game away from home scored, and only two matches all season that they have not won. It is quite a remarkable record.
This form hasn’t come completely out of the blue (they were second in the away league last season) but it is an improvement. Last season they had four away draws and five away defeats by the end of the season.
Burnley at home however are in the lower part of the league
Home games only
15 goals scored at home and 22 conceded. On the basis of home and away form this looks very much like Tottenham’s game.
The only thing that might work in Burnley’s favour is Tottenham’s champions league game (this preview being written before that is played). But other than that there is not too much to unsettle the team. There have been three defeats in the last seven games, which is unusual, but the last three have been won.
|13 Jan 2019||Tottenham H v Manchester United||L||0-1|
|20 Jan 2019||Fulham v Tottenham Hotspur||W||1-2|
|24 Jan 2019||Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur LC||L||2-1 (4-2)|
|27 Jan 2019||Crystal Palace v Tottenham H FAC||L||2-0|
|30 Jan 2019||Tottenham Hotspur v Watford||W||2-1|
|02 Feb 2019||Tottenham H v Newcastle United||W||1-0|
|10 Feb 2019||Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City||W||3-1|
Burnley however are having a tougher time of it
|19 Jan 2019||Watford v Burnley||D||0-0|
|26 Jan 2019||Manchester City v Burnley FAC||L||5-0|
|29 Jan 2019||Manchester United v Burnley||D||2-2|
|02 Feb 2019||Burnley v Southampton||D||1-1|
|09 Feb 2019||Brighton and Hove Albion v Burnley||W||1-3|
The draw with Manchester United game them some hope but otherwise it looks like Tottenham all the way. I can’t see any psychological factor that will be likely to get in the way.