Dyche plans to shock Spurs

Sean Dyche admits that no-one will be expecting his Burnley side to beat in-form Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday.

However, the Clarets boss hopes that his players will be able to play without fear after they brought their winless run to an end by recording a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Brighton at Turf Moor last weekend.

Burnley are two points above the bottom three and 6/4 not to be relegated this season, following their win against Chris Hughton's Seagulls but face a tough task in the capital as third-placed Spurs are on a high after qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League following Tuesday's 1-1 draw at Barcelona.

Dyche said: "Tottenham are having a fine start to the season and they had a great result the other night. I really like the way they go about their business.

"Their manager plays direct football but in a passing style, if they can get out quickly then they do. They're effective.

"They don't keep the ball for the sake of it. They keep the ball but try and penetrate and with that they are an effective side.

"We go down there with a bit more freedom, the expectation changes. Last week against Brighton when there was really heavy expectation for us to get a result."

Dyche will hand late fitness tests to Steven Defour and Johann Berg Gudmundsson ahead of the trip to Wembley.

Burnley are available at 16/1 to beat Spurs and at 13/2 to secure a draw at Wembley.

Poch unsure on Llorente’s plans

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino admits he hasn't spoken to Fernando Llorente who has indicated he wants to leave the club in January.

The 33-year-old striker has scored six goals in 38 appearances for Spurs since signing from Swansea in 2017 but is out of contract at the end of this season.

Llorente has hinted that he would prefer to return to his former club Athletic Bilbao, but Pochettino would only say: "Still we didn't talk. I think it's not a thing we need to plan too much.

"Sometimes in football when the moment arrives we're going to talk and we're going to decide the best for the team, for the club and for the player of course."

Llorente, who has played just 46 minutes in the Champions League and Premier League this season, scored 111 goals in 327 games for Athletic Bilbao between 2005 and 2013.

"If I have the opportunity and they come to talk to me, probably, yes, is the truth," the striker said earlier in the week.

"Come back now or in the summer? I do not know. It does not depend on me. To go out in the winter market they would have to talk to [Tottenham chairman Daniel] Levy and I cannot do anything."

Spurs, 3/10 to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season, are 1/6 to beat Burnley this weekend.

New deal for Walker-Peters

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has handed Kyle Walker-Peters a contract extension that will keep the full-back at the club until 2023.

The 21-year-old, who has featured in 11 first-team games for Spurs, is set to play in Tuesday's Champions League game at Barcelona, which Pochettino's team are 11/5 to win.

Spurs, 13/8 to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League, are 3/10 to finish in the top four of the Premier League this term.

Meanwhile, England international Dele Alli believes Spurs can cause a shock and record a famous victory at the Nou Camp.

Alli, who scored in Saturday evening's 2-0 win at Leicester City, said: "They are one of the best teams in the world. They've got some great players and as a kid you dream about playing at the Nou Camp and we're going to go there and give it our best shot.

"We're ready. It's going to be another difficult game but they're the games you want to be a part of, playing one of the best teams in the world and some of the world's greatest players.

"You want to be challenging yourself and we're going there with the mentality that we can win and we have to believe. It's going to be difficult but we have to go there and give it our best."

Spurs are level on seven points with Inter Milan, who host PSV Eindhoven, in Group B.

Pochettino to ring the changes

Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that he will rotate his Tottenham squad for Saturday's Premier League trip to mid-table Leicester City.

Pochettino will have one eye on next Tuesday's vital Champions League clash with Barcelona when he picks his team for the visit to the King Power Stadium.

Spurs need to win in the Nou Camp to clinch a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Pochettino's team are 13/8 to qualify from their Champions League group and 1/1 to beat the Foxes on Saturday.

The former Southampton boss said: "We're going to try to take the best decision for Saturday, to try to be competitive and perform in the best way. It is not easy of course, because to play every three days is so tough for the players and the staff.

"Next is Barcelona and we are going to maybe rotate some players, because they need rest, not because we are going to play in Barcelona on Tuesday."

Spurs have had a busy week, losing the north London derby to Arsenal last Sunday and then beating Southampton 3-1 on Wednesday.

Pochettino added: "The decision we take is always to try and provide the best for the players. If we detect some players are tired, then maybe it's best to rest, but we're thinking always about winning the game against Leicester, not the game after."

Juan Foyth (hamstring) and Kieran Trippier (groin) will miss the match against the Foxes.

Hasenhuttl eyes quickfire rise

New Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl says his primary target is to try and help move the Saints out of the Premier League relegation zone.

The 51-year-old former Austria international has signed a two-and-half-year deal with the top-flight strugglers, who have won just one of the 15 Premier League games they have played so far this season.

And Hasenhuttl, who made his name with RB Leipzig, is relishing the challenge ahead of both himself and his players.

He told reporters: "The first target is to get out of relegation zone. The near future has to be to move as quickly as we can out of the zone.

"I'm not frightened about it, but the problem is we have a lot of games and my football is all about training sessions, working on habits. If you have the chance to do so it's ok, but if you don't it's not so easy.

"It's a bit back to the roots for me. Last year I had a fantastic Champions League team, we were on a very high technical level.

"The step is not the easiest one, but I never want it easy in my life. I always challenge myself and I'm looking forward, not afraid of anything."

Having taken on a watching brief as Southampton were beaten 3-1 by Spurs at Wembley on Wednesday evening, Hasenhuttl will take charge of his first game on Saturday when the Saints head to South Wales to take on Cardiff City.

The visitors can be backed at 11/5 to secure a draw at the Cardiff City Stadium, with a 1-1 final scoreline priced at 11/2, while Southampton are 11/8 not to be relegated come the end of the season.

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Sissoko happy with his form

France international midfielder Moussa Sissoko is pleased that he has finally been able to win the Tottenham fans over.

The 29-year-old moved to north London from Newcastle, where he endured a difficult spell, for £30million in 2016, and has often been castigated by the Spurs faithful for numerous below-par performances.

However, he has been outstanding for Mauricio Pochettino's side this season and was particularly impressive in the important victories against Chelsea in the Premier League last weekend and the midweek Champions League triumph against Inter Milan.

Spurs bring an important week to an end by visiting Arsenal for the north London derby on Sunday, and Sissoko is looking forward to playing in the encounter.

"At the moment I'm happy with what I'm doing on the pitch so I hope to keep going in that way. Since I came here, some periods weren't easy, but I never gave up and everyone here helped me to give my best," he said.

"It's a great feeling to hear the fans singing my name, every player wants this kind of emotion."

Spurs have only won one of the last 25 Premier League games played at Highbury and Emirates Stadium but are 7/4 to taste victory on Sunday.

Pochettino's third-placed team are 3/10 to finish in the top four this term, while the Gunners can be backed at 13/8.

Winks targets derby glory

Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks believes Sunday's north London derby against Arsenal has come at the ideal time for Mauricio Pochettino's team.

Spurs have won their last six games in all competitions and followed up last weekend's superb 3-1 victory against Chelsea by defeating Inter Milan 1-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The victory against the Serie A side enhanced Spurs' hopes of reaching the last 16 of European club football's premier competition. They are 13/8 to do so.

Pochettino's side are third in the Premier League table after winning 1-0 of their 13 matches but Arsenal are also in great form and are unbeaten in their last 11 top-flight games.

"The form we are in right now, it is probably the perfect time to go there," said Winks.

"Of course they are beatable, but it is going to be another difficult game, so we have to be physically prepared for it."

Spurs have only won once at Arsenal since 1993 and that success came eight years ago when they came from two goals down to win 3-2 thanks to efforts by Gareth Bale, Rafael van der Vaart and Younes Kaboul.

Jan Vertonghen believes it is time Spurs improved their recent record at Arsenal, saying: "They look like a good and solid team. They look a different team to the last couple of years.

"It is going to be a big game. They've won many games in a row, they're confident, but the way we are playing gives a lot of confidence as well."

Spurs are 7/4 to win Sunday's game and 10/1 to edge it 2-1.

Spalletti demands big effort

Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti believes there is enough quality in his side to trouble Tottenham in the Champions League Group B match at Wembley.

If Inter can win Wednesday's game they will confirm their place in the last 16 of the competition while Spurs will be knocked out.

Barcelona are currently at the top the group but Inter are second on seven points, three clear of Mauricio Pochettino's side.

Inter came from behind to beat Spurs 2-1 at San Siro and they are 14/1 to win by the same scoreline at Wembley.

Spalletti said: "From when the draw was made, we knew that we'd have to knock out one of the biggest European teams to make the next round.

"Tottenham are a strong team with a great manager but we have the quality to take anyone on. We need to work until the final drop of sweat to go through.

"The game will be a straight knockout to ensure that things remain in our hands. To just approach it as an ordinary group stage game is a risk we can't take. We want to keep going down this road."

Inter eased to a 3-0 victory against Frosinone on Saturday and are 13/2 to draw 1-1 at Wembley and 1/5 to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League.

Alli ready for hectic spell

Dele Alli is desperate for Tottenham to maintain the form they showed in Saturday's 3-1 win over Chelsea in the hectic pre-Christmas period.

Alli was on the scoresheet at Wembley against the previously unbeaten Blues while Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min were also on target for Mauricio Pochettino's impressive team who have now won five games in a row.

Spurs take on Inter Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday, the start of a run of eight fixtures before the festive period.

They visit Arsenal in the league next weekend and also have a Champions League match in Barcelona to look forward to as well as a quarter-final clash in the Carabao Cup against the Gunners.

Alli, 12/5 to score at any time against Inter Milan, said: "We have to keep that as our level. We can't drop off and we have to improve as well.

"We've got a busy month and some really tough fixtures and it gives us confidence going into those games that we can beat anyone.

"Chelsea are a top side, they have some amazing players and they've been in great form as well. So to perform the way we did, to dominate the game so much, to have so many chances, we've got to keep that up.

"We just need to keep this form up and improve, not drop off or take our foot off the pedal just because we got a good win against Chelsea."

Spurs are third in the Premier League and 1/3 to finish in the top four this season while they are available at 7/2 to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League.

Alli inks long-term Spurs deal

England international Dele Alli has pledged his long-term future to Tottenham by penning a new contract with the club.

The 22-year-old, who was signed from MK Dons in February 2015 for £5million, has inked a new deal that will not expire until 2024.

He has scored 38 goals in 111 Premier League appearances for Mauricio Pochettino's team and starred for England at Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018, scoring in the 2-0 quarter-final victory against Sweden in Russia.

In total, he has found the net 48 times in 153 appearances in all competitions for Spurs and made his England debut in October 2015.

Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Harry Winks have also signed new long-term contracts with Spurs, 8/11 to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season, recently.

Meanwhile, Pochettino is being linked with the managerial vacancy at Real Madrid after last season's Champions League winners parted company with Julen Lopetegui on Monday.

Real had been expected to name former Chelsea and Italy boss Antonio Conte as their next manager but reports suggest the appointment will not now go through.

Spurs can be backed at 4/5 to beat West Ham on Wednesday and qualify for the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup while Alli is 10/3 to score at any time in the London derby.