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Burnley v Leicester: The Big Preview

28 December 2012

Facts and stats ahead of Saturday's big game at Turf Moor

Burnley v Leicester City
Turf Moor (kick-off 3pm)
29/12/12

Overview

The big-spending Foxes come to Turf Moor in a play-off place.

But the Clarets go into the game in better recent form with just one defeat in seven games and off the back of their impressive Boxing Day win over Derby County.

Leicester, with the best defensive record in the division, also have one win in their last six games but have lost three in that run and haven’t picked up maximum points since their own victory over the Rams at the start of December.

That result lifted Nigel Pearson’s side up to third place as they eyed the automatic promotion slots.

But since then their momentum has stalled with just one point from two home games and while they stopped the rot on Boxing Day with a goalless draw at in-form Hull City – where they failed to score for the third game in a row – the pressure could mount on Pearson if his side slips out of the top six.

Burnley, meanwhile, are going along steadily and after getting back to winning ways against Derby with a first clean sheet in six games will be looking to avenge their defeat at the King Power Stadium and rack up back-to-back wins to finally break back into the top half of the table.

Last ten matches

BURNLEY: WDDLDDWLLW

LEICESTER: DLLDWLWWDD

Leicester key man

Striker David Nugent comes back to Turf Moor after a quiet spell in front of goal, having failed to score in the last four games.


That in itself should be something of a concern, though, as the former Clarets’ loanee makes a habit of scoring against Burnley and broke an eight-game scoreless run at the start of the campaign with one of the goals in City’s win over the Clarets.

The former Bury and Preston frontman remains the Foxes’ leading scorer with 11 goals this season and is just one short of a career tally of 100 in League football.

Last time out

Burnley 2 (Austin 39, Duff 74) Derby County 0

Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Lafferty, Duff, Shackell, Marney, McCann, Ings (Stock 73), Paterson (Treacy 63), Austin (Vokes 68), Wallace. Subs: Mills, Bartley, Edgar, Jensen.

Derby: Legzdins, Brayford, Keogh, O’Brien (O’Connor 83), Roberts, Coutts, Hendrick, Bryson (Tyson 65), Jacobs, Sammon (Robinson 72), Hughes. Subs: Davies, Freeman, Doyle, O’Connor, Fielding.

Attendance: 13,779

Hull City 0 Leicester City 0

Hull: E Jakupovic, J Hobbs, J Chester, A Faye (L Rosenior, 84), S Quinn, S Aluko (N Proschwitz, 84), R Koren, A Elmohamady, C Evans (T Cairney, 71), J Simpson, R Brady. Subs: A McLean, B Amos, S Olofinjana, P McShane.

Leicester: K Schmeichel, P Konchesky, W Morgan, Z Whitbread , R de Laet  (L Moore, 46), A King (P Gallagher, 82), D Drinkwater, M James, B Marshall, A Knockaert, D Nugent (M Waghorn, 67). Subs: M Futacs, L Dyer, C Logan, J Schlupp.

Attendance: 20,321 

Last meeting at Turf Moor

01/11/11

Burnley 1 (Wallace 23) Leicester City 3 (Konchesky 20, Nugent 54, Gallagher 62)

Burnley: L Grant, A Amougou, D Edgar, B Mee, K Trippier, R Wallace (Z Hines 78), C McCann, M Bartley (M Duff 89), J Stanislas (K Treacy 68), J Rodriguez, C Austin. Subs: D Marney, J Stewart.  

Leicester: K Schmeichel, P Konchesky, M Mills, S Bamba (S St. Ledger 83), L Peltier, A King, N Danns (M Johnson 81), R Wellens, D Nugent, P Gallagher (J Schlupp 88), S Howard. Subs: L Dyer, J Beckford.

Attendance: 13,286 

Team news

Burnley: The Clarets will check on top scorer Charlie Austin and winger Junior Stanislas after Austin was substituted during Wednesday’s win over Derby, which Stanislas missed with a tight hamstring.

Leicester: The Foxes are set to sign West Brom striker Richard Wood but the Kiwi will not be eligible to play.  Full-back Ritchie De Laet faces a fitness test on a back injury but ex-Fleetwood forward Jamie Vardy is out with a heel injury. Ex-Preston defender Sean St Ledger remains sidelined with a hamstring injury. More to follow.

Stat of the day

Only two teams in the Championship - Derby and Ipswich - have scored fewer goals than Leicester away from home this season.

They say

Sean Dyche: “It’s a tough ask. Leicester are big spenders with a big squad, good players and a good manager.

“But they are coming to our place and I think we are showing signs that that’s not so easy nowadays, so we will be looking forward to it.”

Nigel Pearson: "We're not winning enough games at the moment but with the players we have we'll turn that around."


Referee: Michael Naylor

Saturday's Championship fixtures (kick-off 3pm unless stated)

Huddersfield v Sheff Wed (12.30pm)
Hull v Leeds (12.30pm)
Barnsley v Blackburn
Bolton v Birmingham
Bristol C v Peterborough
Burnley v Leicester
Cardiff v Millwall
Charlton v Derby
Middlesbrough v Blackpool
Nottm Forest v Crystal Palace
Wolves v Ipswich
Brighton v Watford (5.20)

For an up-to-date Championship table, click HERE


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