Tottenham vs Burnley news: Antonio Conte's Spurs set sights on revenge in high-stakes clash

The race for the top four and the battle against relegation will both be affected as Tottenham and Burnley go head-to-head in a potentially season-defining Sunday afternoon encounter.

Some say that revenge is a dish best served cold. That could be the case this Sunday as Antonio Conte looks to even the score against Burnley.

Last time the Italian manager came up against the Clarets, a 1-0 defeat left him staring at the managerial exit door. On this occasion, Conte could have his revenge by sinking Burnley closer towards a similar kind of door - one with 'Championship' written all over it.

As things stand, Mike Jackson's side sit one spot above the bottom three and could further improve their survival hopes with at least a draw in North London.

That, however, is a lot easier said than done, considering Spurs come into this game on the back of a 3-0 win over Arsenal.

With Champions League qualification just a whisker away, Tottenham are expected to step on the gas peddle and overtake the Gunners ahead of their 3pm kick-off at Newcastle.

When: Sunday, May 15, 12:00 BST

Where: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Where to watch: BT Sport

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Who is the ref for Tottenham vs Burnley?

Premier League referee, Kevin Friend

Kevin Friend will be the man in charge of proceedings at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

The 50-year-old last visited the ground in mid-February as Wolves ran out 2-0 winners.

Friend has also overseen two Burnley games this season - a goalless draw with Norwich, plus a 3-0 away win over Brighton.

Premier League season stats 2021/22: Matches (16), yellow cards (74), red cards (2), penalties (6)

Recent form

Burnley players celebrate the opening goal by Matej Vydra

Burnley might be fighting relegation, but they're certainly not a side to be overlooked - especially if you take their recent form into consideration.

The Clarets have won three of their last four games and have suffered just one defeat since mid-April.

Despite this, the team will arrive in London on the back of a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa last weekend.

Tottenham, in contrast, will be in high spirits following their 3-0 demolition of Arsenal in the North London derby.

Spurs are in good form over their last nine games, winning six and losing just once.

Last time out

Burnley 1-0 Tottenham (Premier League - February 23, 2022)

Antonio Conte was left questioning his own future after Ben Mee's 71st minute winner consigned Spurs to their fourth defeat in five games.

Tottenham dominated possession but failed to organise a cohesive attack, with the team producing a mere two shots on target.

In the end, Conte stayed at the helm and business has since picked up for the Italian manager.

Past ten matches

Tottenham wins: 6

Draws: 2

Burnley wins: 2

Tottenham goals: 18

Burnley goals: 5

Managers' thoughts:

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte waves to fans

Tottenham manager Antonio Conte on the top four race: "In this moment, I think to fight for a place in the Champions League is a big achievement for us, but at the same time, maybe we can fight to stay for a place in the Europa League.

"We are doing something important for this club and in England it's not easy to play for a place in the Champions League."

Burnley's caretaker boss Mike Jackson on the challenge of facing Spurs: "You've got to plan to what suits your group. That's what we've tried to do, to give ourselves a plan to get a performance on Sunday.

"We know the areas we need to get right and we're building towards that so by the time we hit the grass on Sunday everyone knows what they need to do. I've got faith in all of them and what they're doing. Get in there and go for it, take your opportunity and take it on."

Predicted Tottenham vs Burnley teams

Cristian Romero of Tottenham Hotspur

The big question ahead of kick-off is whether Cristian Romero will be involved in Sunday's encounter. The Argentine didn't appear on the team sheet against Arsenal and remains a doubt due to a hip problem.

Burnley, on the other hand, are likely to be without James Tarkowski who was forced off the field with a hamstring injury in the defeat to Aston Villa.

Possible Tottenham starting line-up: Lloris, Dier, Sanchez, Davies, Emerson, Hojbjerg, Bentancur, Sessegnon, Kulusevski, Kane, Son

Possible Burnley starting line-up: Pope, Roberts, Collins, Long, Taylor, McNeil, Brownhill, Cork, Cornet, Weghorst, Barnes

Tottenham vs Burnley prediction

Tottenham are too close to Champions League football to start dropping points now.

While Burnley are in good form, expect them to fall short on quality and suffer a successive league defeat.

Son and Kane are both in good form, so don't be surprised if both men find the back of the net.

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