Premier League Preview: Tottenham v Leeds

Bielsa has stuck steadfastly to his offensive game plan in the face of heavy criticism following his side’s recent 6-2 defeat at Manchester United.

He has been rewarded though with back-to-back wins and two clean sheets against Burnley and West Brom, but acknowledged Leeds, who have not won in the capital in over three years, face a step up in class.

Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham are set to be without Giovani Lo Celso and Gareth Bale – the Welshman was withdrawn in their EFL Cup tie at Stoke last week after picking up an injury.

Leeds meanwhile remain without their captain, Liam Cooper, who is still suffering from the abdominal issue that kept him out of their win over Burnley.

Bielsa is also missing long term absentee Robin Koch with a knee injury, and Mateusz Klich picked up a knock in midweek, so is touch and go.

Spurs against Leeds is the lunchtime game on Saturday with kick off at 1230.

Spurs-Fulham off due to Covid-19 cases in Cottagers’ camp

The Cottagers returned a number of positive test results on Tuesday and after more came in on Wednesday the Premier League decided to call the match off less than three hours before the scheduled 6pm kick-off.

It becomes the third top-flight game to be wiped out by the virus, following Newcastle’s match with Aston Villa earlier this month and Monday’s game between Everton and Manchester City.

A Tottenham statement said: “The Premier League informed us of the decision this [Wednesday] afternoon, with Fulham having requested the postponement on the grounds of the number of Covid-19 positive cases among their players and staff.

“Everyone at Tottenham Hotspur sends their best wishes to Fulham for a safe and speedy recovery to all those who are affected.”

No new date for the game has been announced.

Spurs pick up hard fought win against Burnley at Turf Moor (Burnley 0-1 Tottenham)

Normal service has been resumed this weekend it was no different as Tottenham earned a hard fought win against Burnley at Turf Moor.

It wasn’t easy or pretty but Jose Mourinho will be the happier of two managers after a win which sees his team up to fifth whilst Sean Dyche will have another week of sleepless nights having failed to build on the single point his team have picked up so far this season.

It was Son Heung-min who continued his fantastic start to the season and secured the win for Tottenham just moments after Harry Kane had cleared off his own line to deny Burnley defender James Tarkowski. The England captain then contributed at the other end of the pitch providing the assist for Son who grabbed his 8th Premier League goal of the season.

Despite the prolific pairing of Kane and Son however Spurs failed to register a single shot on target in the first half with Tottenham’s possession coming to nothing in the face of a classically stoic Burnley defence.

It was the Clarets who thought they had struck first on the 38th minute when Ashley Barnes had the ball in the net but he had strayed a couple of yards offside ruling out not only the goal but the games first meaningful chance.

Ashley Westwood and Joan Berg Gudmundsson did force Hugo Lloris into low saves but in reality neither was a real test for the Frenchman and it wasn’t until the last 20 mins that the game burst into life.

Tarkowski rose highest to meet Westwood’s corner but Harry Kane headed off the line to deny Burnley a certain goal then, moments later, Son hesitated after going through, allowing Kevin Long to track back and get a last-ditch tackle in.

But the South Korean would not be denied for a second time after substitute Erik Lamela’s corner was flicked on by Kane towards the back post, where Son was waiting to direct his header expertly into the top corner.

Burnley remain in the relegation zone, Spurs get their first clean sheet of the seasons and Gareth Bale is still waiting for his first start.

Full-Time: Burnley 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Porto striker Luis Diaz on Spurs transfer radar

The Colombian forward is said to be on Jose Mourinho’s list of transfer targets this summer.

Diaz has bagged 14 goals and 7 assists for Porto this season and is reportedly said to have been one of Mourinho’s personal requests to the Spurs board in terms of summer signings.

Any initial Tottenham offer is expected to be in the region of €12m, with Diaz’s former club Junior Barranquilla, based in South America, due a 20% sell on fee.

However, with the striker contracted at the Liga NOS club until 2024, it’s unlikely Spurs will get him for the predicted €12m price tag.