Sunday , July 3 2022

Tottenham v Burnley: Premier League – live! | Tottenham Hotspur

Team news

Lucas Moura replaces Dejan Kulusevski in the only Spurs change from the defenestration of Arsenal.

Mike Jackson makes three changes from the Burnley team that lost at home to Aston Villa last weekend. Kevin Long, Matt Lowton and Maxwel Cornet come in for James Tarkowski (injured), Aaron Lennon and Wout Weghorst. It also looks like they will start with a back five.

Lowton is making his 200th appearance for Burnley.

Preamble

Hello and welcome to live coverage of Spurs v Burnley at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. It’s a collision of two very different worlds with not dissimilar obsessions. Spurs are desperate to finish fourth from top; Burnley would sell their soul – arguably already have – to finish fourth from bottom.

Though Spurs had their biggest party in years on Thursday night, they’d rather not be playing on Thursday evenings next season. Champions League qualification is their world entire, chiefly because it would guarantee that the wonderful Antonio Conte stays for next season. Spurs find themselves in a strange position: high on life, but with their fate is in somebody else’s hands. Their hands. All Spurs can do is win both remaining games – today and Norwich away next weekend – and hope Arsenal drop points against either Newcastle or Everton.

Burnley are ahead of Leeds on goal difference with a game in hand. Their goal difference is so superior (-17 to Leeds’ -38) that they will remain in control of their destiny* whatever happens today. But, with Leeds playing Brighton at 2pm, Burnley could be in the bottom three before the Sunday roasts have been digested.

Kick off 12pm.

* Yeah I know, ‘in control of their destiny’ is an awful phrase; a particularly nasty cliche. If you can think of a better alternative, I’ll happily pass it off as my own in future liveblogs.



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