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Clarets can spur hosts to create goal glut at Lane

The Premier League weekend kicks off with Manchester City - minus Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and Edin Dzeko - against Crystal Palace and it's so obviously going to finish 2-0 to City (Nasri and Lampard, if you're interested) that I can't even be bothered to have a bet on it.

Instead, I'm keeping my powder dry - whatever that means - to get stuck into both teams to score in Tottenham's 3pm clash with Burnley.

This fixture has a cast-iron guarantee of goalmouth action. Don't just take my word for it - check out the head-to-head record between Spurs and the Clarets elsewhere on this fine website.

Who can forget Tottenham's 8-1 win at White Hart Lane in 1930 or the 4-4 draw in north London 30 years later. And what about the 1963-64 season when the pair's two league meetings featured 14 goals - a 7-2 home win for Burnley and a 3-2 victory for Spurs.

You want fresher form than that? Last time Burnley were in the Premier League, in 2008-09, they beat Tottenham 4-2 at home and lost 5-0 at the Lane while the season before their two-legged League Cup semi-final produced ten goals (two of them, amazingly, scored by Roman Pavlyuchenko.

Don't tell me - you want even fresher form than that. You're pushing your luck, but I'm a patient man so here goes: Spurs have kept one clean sheet in their last nine league games and Burnley have scored in eight of their last ten.

Now to the only number that really matters - both teams to score at White Hart Lane is 10-11, which is an even nicer price if you stick it in a double with MK Dons to beat Oldham in League One.

Right, I'm going to settle down to enjoy a DVD of that 8-1 win for Tottenham in 1930.

Oh great, Robbie Savage is doing the half-time analysis. How is that even possible?


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PSV Eindhoven needed a late winner to see off Feyenoord 4-3 in a typical Eredivisie humdinger on Wednesday but the league leaders should find things easier against Go Ahead Eagles. PSV have won all eight of their home league games and they should extend that run against struggling opponents.