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9 reasons why Spurs’ stunner is too big to bag first at Burnley

| 05.04.2015

The Telegraph’s Paul Hayward may have taken the prize for greatest ever football fawning after this doozy in his paper this morning, following Harry Kane’s first couple of appearances for England during the international break:

“Combining the finishing prowess of an Alan Shearer with the all-round game of Teddy Sheringham, Kane is a blessing for English football.”

We’re not sure we’d take the idolatry that far, but there’s no denying the Spurs striker’s red-hot form at the moment, with six goals in his last five games for club and country making it a round 30 so far in the campaign.

Ladbrokes have gone and put their heads on the block by boosting the Walthamstow man from 3/1 out to a top price of 5/1 to snag the first goal when Mauricio Pochettino’s side travel to Burnley, and this season’s stats say that’s a risk.

Nine of Kane’s efforts this term have broken the deadlock in their respective matches, and the 21-year-old scored within 80 seconds of his Three Lions debut after coming off the bench against Lithuania eight days ago.

Spurs don’t rate a particularly spectacular bet to beat the Clarets at 6/5 though, as Sean Dyche’s side beat Manchester City last time out at Turf Moor and have only lost at headquarters twice in six 2015 matches, drawing against Pochettino and co in the FA Cup three months ago.

Furthermore, with the Lilywhites looking out of the race for the top four, it will be difficult to gauge their motivation for another crack at the Europa League next term, particularly after Manchester United and Liverpool have proved this season and last that you’re better off finishing seventh than fifth or six.

With that in mind, the relegation-battling hosts look a fine wager at 4/6 in the double-chance market to either win or draw.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Alex Fortune