Burnley have defied all odds in the big games this season

Burnley go into their game at home to Tottenham in good spirit, having performed above all expectations against the bigger clubs this season.

Burnley may be in the relegation zone but they have performed admirably in the Premier League this season, against all odds.

Sean Dyche’s men have won over many neutrals with their hard-working and honest style and have picked up plenty of scalps along the way.

The Clarets looked doomed after they failed to win any of their first 10 league games but an upturn in form has seen them sit just one point from safety and the highest of all of the three promoted clubs.

As they prepare to host Tottenham Hotspur, who have ambitions of qualifying for Europe, Burnley can draw on some fantastic experiences of games against the top sides this season.

In their last home game, a George Boyd strike was enough to defeat title-chasing Manchester City. It means they have taken a total of four points against last season’s champions, having come back from a two-goal deficit to salvage a draw at the Etihad earlier in the campaign.

Dyche has also masterminded draws with Manchester United at Turf Moor to secure their first point of the season and more recently and impressively, away at Chelsea, who are running away with the title.

Add to that, the fact they scored three in an away draw at Newcastle, were unlucky to lose away at United and defeated top four contenders Southampton and you have significant proof that they have upped their game against the top sides.

Burnley have proven to be extremely hard to beat for the teams challenging the top, who struggle to break down a side that sets up to frustrate them and are constantly pressing and closing down the space with their running.

Spurs should not expect to turn up to Turf Moor on Sunday and walkover Burnley; they are in for a huge fight to come away with the three points.

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