Picking the Best Potential Burnley Lineup to Face Tottenham on Saturday

Sean Dyche's Burnley side have been the ​Premier League's surprise package so far this season, currently sitting in sixth place, just two points adrift of the top four. 


The Clarets will hope to continue their recent form when they face ​Tottenham Hotspur at Turf Moor.


The Lancashire side currently sit a point above Mauricio Pochettino's outfit, and will look to extend the gap.


Here's the side Dyche will likely deploy on Saturday.

Goalkeeper

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Nick Pope has excelled between the sticks since taking over from the injured Tom Heaton and is certain to continue being selected for the side in his absence.


The Englishman currently sits in the top 10 for number of successful saves and is a vital part of a rearguard that boasts nine clean sheets in the league this term.

Defence

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  • Long
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  • Mee
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  • Taylor
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Standout defender ​James Tarkowski is set to miss the game, having been charged with violent conduct against ​Brighton on Thursday. The other half of ​Burnley's central partnership Ben Mee will be joined by Kevin Long in the absence of Tarkowski. 


Phil Bardsley and Neil Taylor have been consistent wide counterparts this term and will likely tuck in and cut off space, forming a compact bank to halt Tottenham's attacking flair.

Midfield

  • Guðmundsson
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  • Cork
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  • Defour
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  • Arfield
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Dyche will continue to select a resolute midfield that will look to be defensively disciplined and physical in their approach, hindering the likes of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen from playing their natural game.


Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Steven Defour will feed off scraps in an attacking sense and will look to Jack Cork to carry the ball forward and link up play in Spurs' defensive third when they have possession.​ 

Forwards

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  • Wood
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Jeff Hendrick and Chris Wood will attempt to get at Spurs' back three and be clinical with the chances they create, knowing very well that their opponents will have the majority of possession.


Hendrick will press from the front and look to find his dangerous striking partner Wood early, who has scored a steady four goals in 14 appearances for his side this season; despite often being limited to an impact role from the bench.

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