Burnley aiming to blitz London – again
Owen Coyle takes giant-killing Burnley to Tottenham Hotspur in the first leg of the Carling Cup semi-final tonight.
The Clarets will be brimming with confidence after already seeing off three clubs from the capital en-route to the semis, in Chelsea, Fulham and Arsenal.
Now they must go to battle in London again, this time against Harry Redknapp’s team. The Spurs boss has today finalised a £15m deal for Portsmouth forward Jermain Defoe, who only left White Hart Lane less than a year ago. Defoe, who spent four years at the club, will be paraded before the ecstatic fans for the second time tonight.
Redknapp only has Roman Pavlyuchenko and Frazier Campbell up-front tonight, with top-scorer Darren Bent still out injured, and he knows he needs to bolster his front-line – the acquisition of the England hit-man will certainly help to do that.
On to tonight’s game, and the north-Londoners are heavy favourites to take a victory back to Turf Moor on 21 January; as defending champions, they’re 4/9 favourites in the betting.
Should you fancy Burnley to upset yet another Premier League club, you’ll get 7/1 on your money if they win in the 90 minutes tonight. If you think they can take a draw back up to Lancashire for the second leg, 3/1 is the price.
Manager Coyle is not underestimating the task at hand, but with a trip to Wembley only one tie away – and the impressive run to the last-four filling the team with confidence – he insists the side will approach the game in the right frame of mind.
“We are under no illusions that we are massive underdogs on Tuesday. If Tottenham play to their maximum and we do, they will think they have the better players,” said the Scotsman.
“But what I know is that the group of players I have will give everything they've got to try to achieve a result, so that home advantage will hopefully play a part in the second leg.
“We have to make sure we give an accomplished performance and we keep ourselves right in that game, but we go there with no designs on being negative.”
He sounds like he means business – and at 5/2 for Burnley to reach the final, against either Derby County or Manchester United, that could represent a decent bet.
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