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Tottenham vs. Burnley: Premier League Betting Preview

Nobody is going to get rich backing 4/11 shots every week but Spurs, as they were on Wednesday, look well worthy of support and I take the men from White Hart Lane on the Asian handicaps this Saturday.

Harry Redknapp’s side rolled over Preston 5-1 in the Carling Cup in midweek, with the star trio of Peter Crouch (hat trick), Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe all on target, and I don’t envisage them having any trouble brushing aside Burnley in the Premier League. Defoe>

Spurs were expected to get the job done in style at Deepdale but it was still an impressive victory given previous top flight defeats to Manchester United and Chelsea and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them record another resounding triumph on Saturday. They can be backed at 1.92 with Bet 365 to defy a 1.50 goal handicap and that’ll do for me.

Four consecutive Premier League victories to start the season, including over Liverpool on home soil, saw Spurs set the early pace and, while talk of the Champions League was almost certainly a shade ambitious, the London club really should have no problem picking up three points on Saturday.

Spurs, as was the case in the north-west, still have injury concerns defensively this weekend, with Ledley King and Sebastien Bassong both doubtful, but if they can produce the same standard of football going forward as they did in the five goal romp last time out then the Clarets are in for a long afternoon. The away side’s Martin Paterson faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines having undergone recent surgery and it could well be a case of damage limitation for the visitors.

No side had a better defensive record at home last season than Spurs and their recent 3-1 defeat to Manchester United at White Hart Lane was certainly an exception rather than the rule. Were Burnley to nick one on their travels then I’d still fancy the likes of Defoe and Keane to grab three in reply and the near even money on offer appeals.

Burnley have been beaten in all three Premier League outings to date away from home, at Liverpool, Chelsea and Stoke, by an aggregate of 9-0 and while they were all tricky assignments a date at the Lane is also a daunting task.

The men from Turf Moor also tasted defeat at struggling Barnsley in the Carling Cup on Wednesday, shipping three in the process, and it remains to be seen whether the influential Brian Jensen will be fit enough to take his place between the sticks either having been stretchered off at Oakwell. Owen Coyle>

I’m a big fan of siding with long odds on home favourites on the Asian handicaps and this is no exception. Spurs standout on a frightfully difficult looking weekend of punting opportunities and the bet is a strong one.

Burnley have been magnificent in front of their own fans during their debut Premier League season so far but trips such as this one are far more demanding and Owen Coyle’s side look up against it.

2.5pts Back Spurs (-1.50, vs. Burnley) @ 1.92 (Bet 365)

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