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PREVIEW | Burnley v Leicester City

Tale of the tape as the Clarets launch Turf Moor run against the Foxes

16 March 2019

The Clarets return to Turf Moor to face Leicester City looking to steal a march on the teams battling around them near the foot of the Premier League table.

With the FA Cup quarter-final ties being played, there are only five league fixtures scheduled over the weekend.

Of the five teams separated by just five points from 14th down to 18th place in the table, only Burnley are in league action.

Sean Dyche’s men can therefore open up a five-point gap above Cardiff, who currently occupy the third relegation spot, and go level on points with Crystal Palace, who are 14th, with a first win in four games.

The Clarets have seen their momentum slow following the eight-game unbeaten run wich launched a post-Christmas revival.

But Dyche believes they are still heading in the right direction as they enter a vital run of three home games from the next four matches against a mid-table Leicester side looking for a first away win under new boss Brendan Rodgers - manager at Watford as Dyche launched his coaching career.

"Where we were to where we are is a big shift and you'd take it all day," said the Burnley boss.

"We've stuck in 18 points since Christmas and that's a big shift in points.

"We've got more to come I think. We've got to, of course. We've got to have more points on the board and I think the performances over that run - despite losing the three at the end - have still been pretty solid.

"We have to tidy up on the details, but on a balanced view over the season with all the different challenges we've had, we're kind of there or thereabouts and now we have to make sure we look after ourselves going forward over the next eight games."

Team news

The Clarets have no fresh injury worries with only Steven Defour, Jon Walters and Aaron Lennon missing.

However, Lennon could possibly be back before the end of the season as he recovers from knee surgery.

Leicester may also stick with the same squad of players, with winger Marc Albrighton, midfielder Matty James and Daniel Amartey all long-term absentees.

Form Guide

The Clarets are looking to end a three-game winless run – as they did when going to Leicester for a goalless draw and hard-earned point in November on a day former Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was honoured.

Tenth-placed Leicester have won two of their last three fixtures following a seven-game winless run which cost Claude Puel his job as manager.

The Foxes lost their first game under successor Brendan Rodgers but beat Fulham 2-1 last Saturday thanks to two Jamie Vardy goals to climb to 10th in the table.

Leicester’s last away win came at Everton on New Year’s Day.

Opposition camp

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers: “I think Sean's done an outstanding job. Great credit to the club as well, because when they got relegated a few years back they stuck with him.

“Last year they had really good success and qualified for European football. In my experiences of going through a qualification phase, it can be very difficult, because you've got to come back in the middle of June.

“Then if you don't qualify for Europe, it can start your season on a real downer. That's probably what happened, but I think Sean has shown the quality of his management.”

Match stats

Saturday’s game is the 50th top-flight meeting between the two sides. The Clarets have won 22 and Leicester 13.

A Burnley win would give them a third successive home victory over Leicester in the Premier League – something the Clarets haven’t achieved against any other side.

Ashley Barnes is aiming to become the first Claret to score in four successive Premier League games at Turf Moor in what would be his 100th league start.

Leicester haven’t kept a clean sheet since their 1-0 win at Everton on New Year’s Day – their last away win.

Referee

Michael Oliver

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Match Reports

Burnley 1 Leicester City 2

Late goal gives 10-man Leicester the points as Clarets remain in danger

16 March 2019

A memorable week for Dwight McNeil had some of the gloss removed by a late Leicester winner which leaves the Clarets looking over their shoulders.

Having just received his first England call-up as part of the Under-20 squad, McNeil claimed Burnley’s 100th Premier League goal at Turf Moor.

His superbly executed equaliser just before half time looked as though it would stop the rot after three successive defeats and earn what could yet be a valuable point in the final reckoning at the bottom end of the table.

But in the last minute Wes Morgan headed a Leicester winner as the Foxes – who had played almost the entire game a man short after Harry Maguire was sent off – nicked all three to send Sean Dyche’s men into the international break with plenty of work still to do to secure their top-flight status.

Leicester were down to 10 men after just four minutes as the Clarets were handed an immediate advantage.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson, making just his third league start of the year after replacing Jeff Hendrick as the sole change to the Clarets’ side, got in behind the Foxes’ defence from Jack Cork’s pass.

And when Maguire clipped the winger’s heels as he raced towards goal, referee Michael Oliver was seemingly left with no alternative but to show the England man a red card.

Leicester sent on title-winning captain Morgan to fill the gap and the Clarets initially struggled to make the numbers’ game count in their favour as the wind and rain lashed Turf Moor.

Gudmundsson, invariably the Clarets’ attacking catalyst, delivered a cross for former Fox Chris Wood which the striker nodded wide.

But City keeper Kasper Schmeichel wasn’t tested and Leicester, who carried a threat on the break, went ahead with just over half an hour gone.

Maddison coaxed a foul out of James Tarkowski after the Clarets’ defender chased the midfielder towards the penalty area.

And Madison then meted out the punishment by curling a free-kick beyond Tom Heaton – like Tarkowski back in the England squad for their opening Euro 2020 qualifiers – into the top corner.

Heaton then parried a shot on the turn from Jamie Vardy but, crucially, the Clarets were level within five minutes to go into the break back on terms.

And McNeil was the man to step up and deliver it with a brilliant finish.

The Clarets worked the ball across the pitch and when Taylor played a return pass to McNeil, the teenager whipped a first-time shot across Schmeichel from just inside the penalty area to claim his second senior goal.

It was a timely strike which gave Burnley the platform to try and force the issue at the start of the second half.

And twice in the opening 10 minutes after the re-start they had sights of goal, Cork side-footing over the top from Ashley Barnes’ lay-off, and midfield partner Ashley Westwood dragging a shot just wide as he looked to back up his first Burnley goal at Liverpool a week ago.

That set the tone as the Clarets dominated possession as they tried to work out a way to pierce the visitors’ defence and get their noses in front.

And with 20 minutes to go, Dyche sent for Peter Crouch to try and make the difference from the substitutes’ bench.

It was all Burnley as they banged at the door in their bid to add two more vital points and Taylor, who again kept driving forward impressively from left-back, thought he should have had a penalty when he burst into the box and was clipped by Wilfred Ndidi.

McNeil then flicked a Cork cross over the top as time began to run out and the teenager curled another effort off the top of the bar as Burnley pressed for a winner.

But rather than Burnley take all three points, it was Leicester who struck at the death to earn a first away victory under new boss Brendan Rodgers as Morgan stayed up following a corner to head in a deflected cross from Youri Tielemans.

It was a hammer blow for the Clarets who almost pulled it out of the fire in stoppage time.

But with substitute Matej Vydra being denied by Schmeichel and Leicester holding on from a corner which had brought Heaton up to add to the attacking numbers, there was to be no further drama as the Clarets were left too close for comfort to the bottom three.

Burnley: Heaton, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Gudmundsson (Brady 80), Westwood, Cork, McNeil (Vydra 90), Wood (Crouch 70), Barnes. Substitutes: Hart, Lowton, Hendrick, Gibson.

Booked: Bardsley

Leicester City: Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell; Ndidi; Tielemans, Maddison (Fuchs 65); Gray (Morgan 6), Vardy, Barnes (Mendy 77). Substitutes: Ward, Iheanacho, Okazaki, Ghezzal.

Booked: Maddison

Referee: Michael Oliver

Attendance: 20,719

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