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PREVIEW: Burnley v Leicester City

Build-up as the Clarets look for lift-off against high-flying Foxes

18 January 2020

The Clarets return to Turf Moor on Sunday in search of their first Premier League win since Christmas.

A run of four successive defeats has trimmed Burnley’s advantage over the bottom three to three points.

The visit of third-placed Leicester presents another test for Sean Dyche’s men – despite a slight dip in form for the Foxes, whose record in the first half of the season was bettered only by run-away leaders Liverpool.

Liverpool and the two Manchester clubs were the only sides that had beaten Leicester before Christmas.

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But the Clarets went as close as most to taking a point from the 2016 champions as a late equaliser, bundled into his own net by Jonny Evans, was controversially disallowed at the King Power Stadium in October as Leicester launched an eight-game winning run.

“I thought we got the wrong side of it that day, which can happen – even with VAR, which I do think will come good,” said Dyche, who will manage Burnley for the 300th time in a league fixture.

“I thought we deserved something from the game and certainly deserved a point from a very strong performance away from home.”

The Clarets haven’t drawn a game since that near miss with nine defeats and four wins in the Premier League.

But Dyche believes his side - who led at Leicester through a Chris Wood goal - is close to turning a corner as they seek a first home success since beating Newcastle at Turf Moor in mid-December.

“We’re on a tough run of form, but I don’t think they are naïve enough to just turn up and get the business done, and we want to make sure it’s not,” he added.

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“You’re never too far away from performing better.

“We’ve made a few mistakes and a couple of challenges have gone the wrong way for us.

“But you’re never a million miles away from being better and achieving more than you are.

“I think the players are will within their capabilities to go and deliver a performance that can win.

Team news

Clarets striker Ashley Barnes is out following hernia surgery he underwent on Friday, but Jay Rodriguez is back following illness to potentially fill the gap.

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Top scorer Chris Wood is available after breaking his nose in Burnley's defeat at Chelsea a week ago and Robbie Brady is also available after illness/injury forced the wideman to miss the trip to Stamford Bridge.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson is stepping up his comeback from a hamstring injury but isn’t expected to figure.

Leicester are missing midfielder Wilfred Ndidi with a knee problem and defender Wes Morgan faces a fitness test after two games out with a groin injury.

Form guide

The Clarets have lost their last four Premier League games and are looking to avoid five in a row in the top-flight for the first time since the 1975/76 season.

Leicester have won just two of their last six Premier League games since mid-December.

The Foxes lost two of their first 17 league games of the season but have been beaten in three of their last five.

Brendan Rodgers’ side is still in both domestic cup competitions and are level with Aston Villa after the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final.

Opposition camp

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers: "Burnley are still a very dangerous team. When we played them here, it was a close game.

"They will always test you. We know we have to be much better than last week.

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"He (Sean Dyche) can be misinterpreted. I think he’s done an amazing job at Burnley.

"He has a great passion for the game. He has a love of football. I don’t think Burnley get the credit for the way they play. They’ve got a good mix, with quality and endeavour."

Match stats

Sean Dyche will take charge of the Clarets for the 300th time in a league fixture.

Leicester City defender Jonny Evans will play his 300th league game.

The Clarets have conceded just two goals from set-pieces this season (excluding penalties) – the lowest figure in the top flight.

Burnley’s two Premier League wins over Leicester have both come at Turf Moor.

Referee

Anthony Taylor

VAR

David Coote

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REPORT: Burnley 2 Leicester City 1

Clarets fightback to secure huge three points as Westwood wins it

19 January 2020

The Clarets produced the classic little and large show to earn a priceless win in their bid to stay on the big stage.

Sean Dyche’s men were in danger of getting sucked nearer the Premier League’s relegation dogfight when they trailed in the manager’s 300th league game in charge of the Clarets to a goal from Burnley-born Harvey Barnes.

And even after a ninth goal of the season from top scorer Chris Wood had levelled the scores early in the second half, the Clarets were faced with the prospect of a worrying seventh home defeat of the campaign.

Instead, the towering figure of Pope kept out a Jamie Vardy penalty before pocket dynamo Westwood struck the winner with his first goal of the season - and first at Turf Moor - on what felt like a massive afternoon at Turf Moor.

A first home win since mid-December stopped the rot with the Clarets’ reward for a great show of character and courage a third victory in 10 league games and movement back up the table towards safety.

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The Clarets were looking to avoid a fifth successive top-flight defeat for the first time since the 1975/76 season and re-establish some daylight between themselves and the bottom three.

Having been slow starters in their last two home games, Dyche’s men needed to be more positive against a Leicester side knowing an eighth away win would take them back level on points with Manchester City in second place in table.

And there’s no question the Clarets were greatly improved in a more positive approach that contributed to a wide-open first 45 minutes.

But, critically, Burnley couldn’t find the opening goal and for all their good intentions and decent passages of play only a long-range effort from Jay Rodriguez – back in the side following Ashley Barnes’ injury absence – forced Kasper Schmeichel to make a save.

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Leicester, for their part, looked to strike on the break with their movement and forward options giving Burnley’s back line a test they passed for the first 35 minutes.

James Maddison should have made more of an early chance teed up by the elusive Jamie Vardy.

But the Clarets were dealing with the threat until Barnes pounced to put Leicester in front.

Dennis Praet nicked the ball off Jack Cork in midfield and when he released Barnes, the England Under-21 international burst past Ben Mee before drilling a low shot past Pope to punish his hometown club.

The Clarets needed a response but also a big save from Pope to keep them in the contest two minutes into the second half when he flew to his right to keep out an effort from Praet.

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And almost immediately Burnley went closest yet to a goal when Charlie Taylor delivered a fine cross and Wood climbed well to steer a header just over the bar.

Wood wouldn’t be denied for long, though, and with 55 minutes gone the former Leicester man grabbed the equaliser to lift Turf Moor.

He scored against the Foxes in the reverse meeting – when a controversial late VAR decision had denied Burnley a point – and repeated the trick with a classic poacher’s effort he nudged over the line after Schmeichel had saved a Mee header from Dwight McNeil’s corner.

The momentum was with the Clarets, but Leicester had a golden opportunity to grab it back with just over 20 minutes to go when Barnes out-foxed Mee with a sublime first touch and turn of pace that earned him a penalty when brought down by the Clarets’ skipper.

The obligatory VAR check perhaps did nothing to help Vardy’s composure, but it still needed an excellent save from Pope, going to his left, to keep out the spot-kick and the scores level.

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Vardy had a chance to make amends when he was slipped in by a fine pass from substitute Kelechi Iheanacho but again Pope was too big a barrier to pass, standing tall to block his fierce drive.

And within minutes the Clarets had grabbed a winner through Westwood as the midfielder’s desire to get into the penalty area paid off.

Taylor, having another fine game, once more delivered a cross which Jonny Evans could only slice into the air for Westwood to arrive and meet the ball on the bounce with a wonderfully measured finish which he guided past Schmeichel from 10 yards out.

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The Clarets then had to dig deep to see it out and in a throw-back to their resilient best stood strong to secure a priceless victory which lifted them to 14th place in the table.

Burnley: Pope; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Hendrick, Westwood, Cork, McNeil; Wood (Lennon 90), Rodriguez. Substitutes: Hart, Lowton, Brady, Pieters, Vydra, Long.

Booked: Mee

Leicester City: Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Fuchs; Praet (Tielemans 74), Mendy; Perez (Iheanacho 74), Maddison, Barnes; Vardy. Substitutes: Ward, Justin, Morgan, Gray, Albrighton.

Booked: None

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Attendance: 19,788

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