Sports Betting Weekly

Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley

When: Thursday, 15 January 2015 @ 01:45 (FINISHED)
Where: White Hart Lane
As Ipswich Town entertain the Saints in the east of England, further south an all-Premier League clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley will unfold at White Hart Lane after the two sides played out a dire 1-1 draw at Turf Moor last weekend.

A goal for Sam Vokes on only his second appearance for Burnley since his nine-month injury nightmare was perhaps the only real positive Sean Dyche’s team will take out of a miserable game of football, but nevertheless his side are still in the hat for the fourth round and the prospect of a home clash with Leicester will provide plenty of incentive for the Clarets to go on the offensive.

Unfortunately for Burnley, they face a Tottenham side currently on their best run of form so far this season – only Manchester City have taken more points from their last six games – and with Harry Kane proving the catalyst that brought the second half to life at Turf Moor, the young striker may well get given another chance to impress in front of the White Hart Lane faithful this time out.

Should Kane indeed get the nod, his inclusion could prove a real headache for the Burnley defence given he’s scored five goals in his last five Premier League appearances – including the opener when the two sides last met in December – and backing him to again be the first player to breach the Clarets’ backline is likely to be a bet that is jumped on by many a value-conscious punter here.

Despite Kane’s obvious eye for goal, however, it is perhaps the longer odds available on Nacer Chadli being the game’s first scorer that really merits consideration. The Belgian has completely turned his Spurs career around under Mauricio Pochettino with seven league goals so far this season, and having been on target in the reverse fixture, he’ll be heavily fancied to again open the scoring in this one.

With the wealth of talent at their disposal – Dyche quipped that an under-strength Spurs side cost ‘just’ £130 million to assemble after their previous encounter – it should come as no real surprise that the home team go into the game as 1/4 favourites, with Burnley as far out as 5/2 with some bookmakers, though the 10/3 on the game finishing as a draw after 90 minutes may well offer a spot of value if the visitors again opt to use the first-half tactics that made the last game such a dreary affair.