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PREVIEW: Leicester City v Burnley

Build-up as the Clarets prepare for another landmark day at Leicester

18 October 2019

The Clarets played their part in an emotional day at Leicester City last season and will again be central to further tributes to the Foxes’ former owner on their return to the King Power Stadium.

Burnley’s trip to Leicester last November – which ended in a 0-0 draw – was City’s first home game after club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others lost their lives in a helicopter crash adjacent to the stadium on 27th October.

And Saturday’s fixture is Leicester’s nearest home game to the anniversary of the fatal accident with a number of pre-match tributes planned.

A supporter-led walk will take place before the match and in the stadium tribute scarves will be left on seats with supporters asked to be seated by 2.45pm ahead of a minute’s silence prior to kick-off.

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Burnley’s supporters and playing staff made a fitting contribution to last season’s events and manager Sean Dyche expects the same again before the search begins for three points.

“Apart from the 90-odd minutes we’ll support them in whatever they need to recognise that event,” said Dyche.

“That was such a tough thing to go through, but I must say I thought the way Leicester handled that was fantastic. I thought the fan-base and the way they organised things was exceptional.

“A year on we will all still be full of respect and we will do all we can to play our part and whatever Leicester ask of us to mark the occasion and honour him.

“But the players know that once the whistle blows, it’s business and we have to be ready to take on a tough side at their place and put in another good performance and see where that takes us.”

Team news

The Clarets will be without injured winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson and ex-Leicester City title winner Danny Drinkwater.

Midfielder Jack Cork is also a doubt as he recovers from a fracture to a shoulder blade, while striker Ashley Barnes faces a fitness check on a groin problem.

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Leicester midfielder James Maddison (above) is fit to play after illness forced him to pull out of England’s Euro 2020 qualifiers during the international break.

However, midfield colleague Dennis Praet has missed some training after returning late from international duty with Belgium due to personal reasons.

Top scorer Jamie Vardy was also given an extended holiday due to media issues surrounding his wife but is expected to start.

Form guide

The Clarets head to the King Power Stadium on the back of a four-match unbeaten run which has taken them to seventh place in the Premier League.

Burnley’s only defeat away from home came at Arsenal in mid-August.

Like the Clarets, fourth-placed Leicester have also lost only twice in the Premier League – at Manchester United and at Liverpool last time out when they were beaten by a controversial late penalty.

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Brendan Rodgers’ side – which faces Burton Albion in the last 16 of the EFL Cup – has won three of their four home games, putting five goals past Newcastle United in their last King Power performance.

Opposition camp

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers: “With Sean’s teams, they’re super-organised. They set up 4-4-2, with Barnes and Wood up front are a threat. They work tirelessly.

“They play a system that isn’t complicated, but they play it very well. It’s a challenge.

“These are the types of games that we have struggled with over the past 18 months, but we showed against Newcastle that we’re learning. And we love playing at home.”

Match facts

Clarets midfielder Jeff Hendrick is in line to make his 300th career league appearance.

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If he figures, striker Jay Rodriguez will make 150th Premier League appearance – spread across Southampton, West Bromwich Albion and Burnley. 

Clarets frontman Chris Wood scored his first Premier League goal as a Leicester player in August, 2014

The Clarets are seeking a first win in nine games at Leicester, having drawn twice in four trips as a Premier League club.

A victory for the Clarets would give them 15 points after nine games, their best tally at this stage of a Premier League season.

Ten of Leicester’s 14 Premier League goals this season have come in the second half.

Foxes striker Jamie Vardy has scored 10 goals in his last 10 home league appearances.

Referee

Jonathan Moss

VAR

Andy Madley

Kick-off

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REPORT: Leicester City 2 Burnley 1

VAR controversy as Clarets denied late leveller at the King Power Stadium

19 October 2019

VAR raised its head and controversially denied the Clarets a point at the King Power Stadium.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is a big advocate of the television review system but even his faith must have been tested by the verdict that cost the Clarets a late equaliser.

Leicester defender Jonny Evans got the final touch to bundle the ball into his own net after Kasper Schmeichel had saved from Chris Wood.

But after the ‘goal’ was automatically checked, Jon Moss was told by video assistant referee Andy Madley that he had seen a clip on Evans’ heels by Wood and the effort was disallowed.

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With the contact apparently unintentional and Evans seemingly having no chance of keeping the ball out of the net as he belatedly went to ground it looked an incredibly harsh interpretation and resulted in a second away defeat of the campaign for the Clarets, who had led through Wood’s fourth goal of the season.

Jamie Vardy’s equaliser and then a second-half strike from Youri Tielemans ultimately decided the outcome as Burnley’s four-game unbeaten run came to a frustrating end.

But VAR remained the major talking point as the clear and obvious seemed anything but in football’s brave new world.

Almost a year on from the accident that claimed the lives of former Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others, the Clarets were again part of another poignant afternoon.

To mark the anniversary of the Foxes’ loss which had preceded Burnley’s last visit here, a minute’s silence acted as a tribute to the chairman who helped deliver the Premier League title in 2016.

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While a repeat may be a distant dream, the current pack of Foxes under Brendan Rodgers had laid down their top-six credentials in the opening weeks of the season – losing just twice in eight games.

That run had left them just two points better off than the Clarets, however, and Dyche’s men underlined in an even first half just how closely matched the teams are.

Burnley were without Ashley Barnes for the first time this season due to a groin injury, with Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Jack Cork also sidelined as Jay Rodriguez and Robbie Brady both started their first two league games of the campaign.

Rodriguez made his 150th top-flight appearance alongside Wood, who stepped up impressively to become the outlet for a number of Burnley’s breaks in the absence of Barnes.

And it was Wood who put the Clarets ahead after 25 minutes with a goal against his former club.

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The Clarets had threatened a number of times on the counter-attack and when they got the ball forward again Wood was a central figure.

His control and pass out wide got Dwight McNeil in the game and the England Under-21 man needed no second invitation to cut in from the right flank and deliver a perfect left-footed cross which Wood headed powerfully into the top corner.

The effort from Wood – whose first Premier League goal had come as a Leicester player in 2014 – looked as though it would give the Clarets a priceless half-time lead.

But just a minute before the break the Foxes, beaten just once at home since Rodgers took charge in February, equalised.

Vardy had been a peripheral figure up to that point, his one sight of goal an effort he put into the side-netting on the break when he might have been given off-side.

James Maddison had gone closest for the home side with an effort blocked in front of goal by Ben Mee.

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But Vardy has always needed no more than a sniff of a chance to come alive and once again he proved it when getting above Mee to meet a cross from Harvey Barnes – son of ex-Claret Paul – and bury a header beyond Nick Pope to send the sides in level with his sixth goal of the season.

That lifted the Leicester players and the atmosphere inside the stadium as the momentum swung the Foxes’ way.

The Clarets were forced to dig in and try and keep the blue shirts at bay, doing a decent job of limiting their chances until the decisive strike 16 minutes from the end.

Ayoze Perez had wasted one opportunity with a shot over the top before being substituted and his replacement Demari Gray offered Leicester an extra option out wide.

And it was Gray’s ball in, flicked on by Barnes, which gave Tielemans the chance to drill a shot into the roof of the net for what, dramatically, turned out to be the winner.

Wood had a chance to strike back when he dragged an effort wide from James Tarkowksi’s knock-down as Burnley responded impressively.

But it was his next contribution that proved the most pivotal.

Matt Lowton's fine ball in looked as though it had served up a welcome equaliser with just 10 minutes to go.

But the decision to punish Wood's inadvertent part in the goal under-mined the Clarets’ rousing attempts to cap their late fightback with a tangible reward as they found VAR a turn-off.

Leicester City: Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Ndidi; Tielemans, Perez (Gray 67), Maddison (Praet 73), Barnes (Morgan 79); Vardy. Substitutes: Ward, Justin, Albrighton, Choudhury.

Burnley: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters; Brady (Lennon 65), Hendrick, Westwood, McNeil; Wood, Rodriguez (Vydra 83). Substitutes: Hart, Taylor, Gibson, Bardsley, Long.

Booked: Hendrick, Tarkowski, Lowton.

Referee: Jon Moss

Attendance: 32,105 (Burnley 1,267)

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