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1 minute Peeppeep! Burnley start the game. They started with a four-man defender, with Connor Roberts in midfield.

Burnley (4-4-2) Pope; Lowton, Collins, Long, Taylor; Roberts, Brownhill, Cork, McNeil; Barnes, Cornet.

Reminder of teams

Spurs (3-4-3) Loris; Sanchez, Dier, Davies; Emerson Royal, Bentancur, Hojbjerg, Sessegnon; Lucas Moura, Kane, Son.
Subs: Gollini, Austin, Rodon, White, Winks, Craig, Kulusevski, Bergwijn, Scarlett.

Burnley (possible 5-3-2) Pope, Roberts, Lowton, Collins, Long, Taylor; McNeil, Brownhill, Cork; Barnes, Cornet.
Subs: Hennessey, Bardsley, Thomas, Dodgson, Lennon, Gomez Mancini, Weghorst, Costelloe, McGlynn.

Arbitrator Kevin Ami.

“Instead of ‘mastering their destiny'”, begins Phil Grey, “how about spinners from their own web? Navigators of their own carrack? The producers of their own BBC miniseries set in Lancashire? »

“Defension” said Alan Rowley. “I don’t think you know what the word means.”

I love the smell of fan mail before kick off.

Twenty years ago today

It has nothing to do with this match but come on, even Tony Soprano wouldn’t regret a bit remembering the anniversary of Zinedine Zidane’s volley against Bayer Leverkusen.

Nostalgia makes us believe that great sporting moments have been on our minds since, uh, the moment they happened, but that’s not always the case. I think I’ve seen this lens three or four times at most before YouTube. I know for sure I didn’t see it live because I was watching The Distance from Here at the Almeida, a play the Guardian loved.

Pre-game reading

Team News

Lucas Moura replaces Dejan Kulusevski in Spurs’ only change since the Arsenal defence.

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

Lowton makes his 200th appearance for Burnley.

Preamble

Hello and welcome to Spurs v Burnley live coverage at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. It’s a collision of two very different worlds with quite similar obsessions. Spurs are desperate to finish fourth from the top; Burnley would sell their soul – arguably already – to finish fourth from bottom.

Although Spurs threw their biggest party in years on Thursday night, they would rather not play on Thursday night next season. Champions League qualification is their entire world, mainly because it would ensure the wonderful Antonio Conte stays for next season. Spurs find themselves in a strange position: alive and well, but their fate is in someone else’s hands. Their hands. All Spurs can do is win the remaining two games – today and Norwich next weekend – and hope Arsenal drop points against Newcastle or Everton.

Burnley are level on points with Leeds but one game less. Their goal difference is so superior (-17 to -38 for Leeds) that they will remain masters of their destiny* whatever happens today. Leeds take on Brighton at 2pm, so Burnley could be in the bottom three before the Sunday roasts are digested. Or they could be safe with two games to lose.

To start up 12 p.m.

* Yeah I know, ‘in control of their destiny’ is an awful phrase; a particularly nasty shot. If you can think of a better alternative, I’ll be happy to pass it on as mine in future live blogs.



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