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Full League Record of Spurs -v- Burnley
Prem          Pl   W   D   L   For- Ag  Pts
Home           3   3   0   0    9 -  2   9
Away           3   1   1   1    4 -  4   4
Total(Prem)    6   4   1   1   13 -  6  13
Football Lge
Home(Div 1)   34  17   7  10   75 - 44  41 
Away(Div 1)   34   6  10  18   44 - 74  22
Total(Div 1)  68  23  17  28  119 -118  63
Football Lge
Home(Div 2)   10   8   2  0    34 -  7  18 
Away(Div 2)   10   1   3  6     6 - 13   5  
Total(Div 2)  20   9   5  6    40 - 20  23 
Total(Prem)    6   4   1   1   13 -  6  13
Total(Div 1)  68  23  17  28  119 -118  63
Total(Div 2)  20   9   5   6   40 - 20  23   
Grand Total   94  36  23  35  172 -144  99 

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs      -    WLWWWL

West Ham   1-0   Spurs
Spurs      2-1   Man Utd
Leicester  1-6   Spurs
Hull       1-7   Spurs
Newcastle  0-2    Spurs
Spurs      1-2    Chelsea

Burnley    -    WDLLWL

C. Palace  0-2    Burnley
Burnley    2-2    West Brom
B'mouth    2-1    Burnley
Burnley    1-2    West Ham
Chelsea    2-3    Burnley
Burnley    0-1    West Brom

Pos          P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
10. Spurs    2  1  0  1   3-2    1    3
13. Burnley  2  1  0  1   3-3    0    3

There are few Premier League strangers at Wembley

The Champions League draw has been made, and we can lick our lips at the prospect of games against European Champions Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund! the first of these games (Borussia Dortmund) is up next for us at Wembley on September 13th, but for now it is back to domestic action and the importance of collecting another three points in this season's quest for glory, or at least top four status!

Bearing in mind the number of Finals (including Play-offs) that have taken place at Wembley in recent years, there aren't many (if any) Premier League teams that will come to the National Football Stadium as strangers. All will look forward to the opportunity, and all will relish the chance to play in front of a big crowd and (hopefully) a good atmosphere. The last time Burnley were here was in May 2009 when they beat Sheffield United in a Championship play-off final to gain their first promotion to the Premier League, and their first season in the top flight for 33 years.

Now Sean Dyche's team are playing their fourth season in the Premier League, but for the first time have managed consecutive seasons at this level. Spurs have met Burnley at Wembley once before when we retained the FA Cup in 1962. The late Brian Judson wrote the following about that famous meeting:-

The Final against Burnley (at Wembley) was like a chess match. Both sides knew each other's tactics and ploys very well, so it was always going to be the side that saw Lady Luck smile on them that would win the Cup. Greaves was put through after only 4 minutes. He very nearly lost the ball after over-running, but recovered in time to plonk the ball behind Blacklaw.

Burnley took a while to recover from the shock but were soon harassing Baker and Henry on the wings. But half-time came and went without Burnley grabbing the equaliser until five minutes after half-time. Pointer sent Harris away; the centre was low and Robson bundled the ball into the net behind Bill Brown.

Spurs struck back before the cheers had even died away at the Burnley end of the Stadium. Jones slipped the ball to White out on the left wing, Smith rounded the Burnley centre-half and smashed the ball behind a frantically clawing Blacklaw.

Although Burnley fought like tigers, there was no way back from them. A penalty by Blanchflower, which sent Blacklaw the wrong way, merely confirmed the inevitable.

And so Spurs retained the FA Cup, and qualified for Europe again.

Spurs 3 Burnley 1 - 5th May, 1962 - Attendance:- 100,000

Tomorrow's match is not being televised, but had to be re-arranged due to The Rugby League Challenge Cup Final being played on today. The Tottenham decorators will be busy before our 4pm kick-off!

This match could be viewed as the concluding tie in a three-team tournament also including Chelsea. Spurs need to win this game to level the "tournament" on three points each. Burnley famously beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Matchday One, whereas Chelsea took the spoils last Sunday. Burnley have won on their last two visits to London. Before the Chelsea win they beat Palace 2-0 in April, and yet in 15 previous Premier League trips to the Capital, they only managed two points. That Palace win was Burnley's only away win last season in the premier League. Burnley's last league win at Tottenham was 43 years ago in October 1974 when both Mike England and John Pratt managed to score at both ends, and famous Welsh International Leighton James scored a winner for "The Clarets". Phil Beal was sent off in what must have been a feisty game.

That 74-75 season was a rotten one for Spurs. Bill Nicholson resigned after a 4-0 home defeat to Middlesbrough in the League Cup. Terry Neill took over, much to the disdain of Spurs fans, and it took famous wins over Chelsea and Leeds at the end of the season to ensure our Division One status.

Our one confirmed headline signing - 42 million Colombian defender Davinson Sanchez - has been granted his work permit and International clearance, so he is available for selection. I would have thought he will start on the bench, but he is bound to have a big impact on our season. In the meantime Kieran Trippier appears to be fit and able to take his right back berth. We also await formalities regarding PSG's Serge Aurier before any signing is confirmed.

Manager Sean Dyche is surely a great fit for Burnley football club; hard but fair, tough and uncompromising, resistant and determined. Dyche demonstrated these attributes (and more) in his playing days with the likes of Chesterfield (FA Cup semi-final 1997) and Millwall. Such are the characteristics Dyche seeks to instil in his players. Burnley have invested strongly in new training facilities recently, but despite the big money sales of defender Michael Keane (to Everton) and Andre Gray (to Watford), their signings tend to be less expensive. Having said that, they have broken their club record with the signing of Leeds striker Chris Wood this month. Wood, who is a New Zealand international made a second half debut midweek in the eventful derby game at Ewood Park, and can be expected to make a Premier league debut tomorrow. Wood scored 27 goals in 41 Championship games last season for Leeds. Burnley have also signed Premier League experience in the shape of Stoke's Jonathan Walters (out tomorrow), Phil Bardsley, and Swansea's Jack Cork.

Irish International midfielder Jeff Hendrick faces a late fitness test, but former Spur Dean Marney (now 33 and a Burnley veteran of over 200 league games) suffered an ACL injury last season and is out till October at least.

Spurs simply have to get three points under their belt tomorrow for several reasons. Firstly to affirm their staus as challengers for a third successive season; secondly to dismiss that persistent "Wembley Hoodoo" talk, and also to give the home fans some confidence ahead of the Champions League programme. I'd also like to see Harry Kane score his first Premier League goal in August. I fancy him to get two actually, in a 3-1 Spurs win!

Match referee Lee Mason has rarely impressed Spurs Odyssey voters in our surveys, and his last game (our 0-0 draw at Sunderland in January) was no exception. Mr. Mason was in charge of last week's eventful 3-2 game between Southampton and West Ham, but I don't think he attracted criticism in his decision making.

"It was Twenty Years ago today!" - On this date (27th August) we beat Aston Villa 3-2.

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