Burnley vs Leicester City
English Premier League
Date: 14th April 2018, Saturday
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Turf Moor (Burnley).
Burnley look to close with top six with a win against Leicester City on Saturday evening. The 7th placed Clarets are 5 points behind Arsenal and 6 ahead of their visitors.
Sean Dyche’s team extended their stay in the Premier League solely on the basis on home results last season. But they are a totally different proposition this term. They are coming on the back of 4 wins on the trot, the most recent three on the road. Besides, they are the 5th best away side in the league at the moment and it is not a surprise to see them in the mix for Europa League spots.
Leicester City could have been another candidate to rival Chelsea and Arsenal for a place in the top six. But their 1-2 home loss to Newcastle last week literally ended this chance. Furthermore, the Foxes managed just 2 wins from their last 8, drew 3 and lost 3.
Away from home, Leicester won their last two Premier League games. But, this came against West Brom and West Ham, the teams struggling at the wrong end of the table. They can be found at 7th place in the away form table, but this is only because of many teams performing extremely poor on the road.
Burnley vs Leicester City: Prediction
Burnley are on an emphatic run having won 4 on the bounce while Leicester seem to blow hot and cold in recent months. Still, with the likes of Jamie Vardy and Chris Wood on either ends of the field, we must expect an open contest on Saturday evening.
The above statement also throw light to this being a high scoring game. And on current form, Burnley must wrap this up on a 2-1 margin. Burnley scored and conceded in 5 of their last 7 home games whereas Leicester in 10 of the last 12 travels.
Burnley vs Leicester City: Bet Tips
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Burnley vs Leicester City: Head-to-head
The 5 Premier League head-to-head meetings between Burnley and Leicester so far happened since the 2014 season. However, the teams met on numerous occasions over the decades in the Championship. The Foxes won 3 of the EPL fixtures, drawn and lost 1 each.
The Clarets won the corresponding fixture last season by a narrow 1-0 margin ending a 4 match losing streak against the Foxes at the Turf Moor in all competitions.
It will be worth to note that Burnley had won just 3 home matches against Leicester since 2003, drew 2 and lost 6 during that 11-match period.
Burnley vs Leicester City: Team News and Starting Line-ups
Ben Mee and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are new additions to Burnley’s ailing injury list. The duo join Robbie Brady, Jonathan Walters, Steven Defour and Scott Arfield at the sidelines on Saturday.
Chris Wood scored 4 goals in as many games since his return from injury and he will be raring to go in the attacking front with the hardworking Ashley Barnes.
Burnley Predicted Line-up (4-4-2)
Pope – Ward, Long, Tarkowski, Lowton – Nkoudou, Cork, Westwood, Lennon – Barnes, Wood.
Wilfred Ndidi is suspended for Saturday’s Premier League fixture, while Matty James is injured.
While the two midfielder Daniel Amartey and Vicente Iborra are struggling for fitness. If both fail to pass the fitness on time, the youngster Hamza Choudhury could get another start.
Leicester City Predicted Line-up (4-4-1-1)
Schmeichel – Chilwell, Maguire, Morgan, Simpson – Albrighton, Choudhury, Silva, Mahrez – Okazaki.