Spurs must cope with Premier League pressures

Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley – Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Sunday 2pm – Preview

Following Wednesday evening’s comfortable ride through to the UEFA Europa League’s last sixteen, Jose Mourinho will be reintroduced to the pressure of the Premier League and grappling with a Burnely outfit keen to heap more misery on his under-performing side.

The defeat at West Ham last weekend was Tottenham’s fifth in six league outings. The Lilywhites created plenty of chances and felt aggrieved not to take something from the derby clash.

However, with West Ham looking the more organised outfit, Mourinho and his charges were once again left to pick up the pieces as their top-four challenge took another sizable blow.

Facing Sean Dyche and Burnley usually comes with its own issue and it’s highly unlikely Spurs will find it as easy as they did when inspired by Heung-Min Son they romped to a 5-0 victory in N17 back in December 2019.

The Clarets are unbeaten in their last four league outings, establishing a six-point cushion between themselves and the dropzone.

Mourinho is expected to recall Hugo Lloris, Tanguy Ndombele, Harry Kane, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Son to the starting line-up following their Europa League hiatus. While both Gareth Bale and Dele Alli have staked a claim with encouraging cameos against the Hammers and Wolfsberger.

Jeevesie’s prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Burnley

Brian Jeeves

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