Burnley v Leicester
29/3/14 (kick-off 12.15pm)
Burnley will return to the top of the Championship should they beat Leicester by more than one goal this Saturday lunchtime.
The Clarets enter the contest in terrific form having taken 26 points from a possible 30 in their last 10 fixtures.
Sean Dyche’s men are unbeaten in over a year at home and will be looking to maintain that record having won their last five matches at Turf Moor.
Opponents Leicester are unbeaten in their last 18 league fixtures, taking maximum points from 13 of those, and Nigel Pearson’s team will need to avoid defeat once again on Saturday to remain at the Championship summit.
Last Five Matches
Leicester Star Man: Danny Drinkwater
Danny Drinkwater’s performances this season have seen the 24-year-old midfielder named the third best player in the Championship behind our very own Danny Ings and Leeds forward Ross McCormack.
The talented playmaker has been at the heart of Leicester’s impressive campaign; pulling the strings from the centre of the park while chipping in with seven goals for the team. Drinkwater is a graduate of Manchester United’s academy and joined the Foxes in January 2012 after enjoying loan spells with Cardiff, Watford, Huddersfield and most recently Barnsley.
Last Time Out:
Burnley 2-0 Doncaster
Burnley: Heaton, Baird, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Jones, Marney, Stanislas (Kightly, 89), Arfield, Vokes, Barnes (Treacy, 91)
Subs not used: Lafferty, Cisak, Wallace, Edgar, Long
Doncaster: Johnstone, Cotterill, Quinn, Meite, Husband, Duffy (Robinson, 69), Keegan (Furman, 82), Wellens, Coppinger, Brown, Sharp
Subs not used: Turnbull, McCullough, De Val, Stevens, Ferguson
Leicester 1-1 Yeovil
Leicester: Schmeichel, de Laet, Schlupp, Drinkwater, Wasilewski (Dyer, 62), Morgan, Knockaert, James, Vardy (Wood, 67), Nugent (Phillips, 67), Mahrez
Subs not used: Hammond, King, Moore, Logan
Yeovil: Stech, Ayling, McAllister, Edwards, Webster, Duffy, Dawson, Ralls, Moore, Miller (Hayter, 84), Lawrence (Davis, 90)
Subs not used: Hoskins, Lanzoni, Dunn, Ofori-Twumasi, Morgan
Sean Dyche will be without Danny Ings (ankle) and Dean Marney whose yellow card against Doncaster on Tuesday night means the midfielder will miss the next two games with suspension.
Meanwhile, Kieran Trippier is a doubt for Saturday’s fixture as the right-back continues his recovery from a hamstring injury.
Nigel Pearson could reinstate Sean St. Ledger and Tom Hopper back into the squad after the duo returned from long term injuries last Monday in Leicester’s reserve team.
The league leaders are still without Zoumana Bakayogo who is sidelined with a knee injury.
Stat of the Day
Burnley are unbeaten in their last 16 Championship matches; a streak only currently being bettered by today’s visitors Leicester who have gone 18 league fixtures without defeat.
Sean Dyche: “We are full of confidence, full of belief and full of energy so we are looking forward to it.
“Nigel has done a great job and has a very good side. He has a very experienced group with some youth in there as well.”
Referee: M. Jones
Championship fixtures (kick-off 3pm unless stated)
Saturday 29th March 2014
Birmingham v Bournemouth
Bolton v Wigan
Brighton v Middlesbrough
Derby v Charlton
Ipswich v Nottm Forest
Leeds v Doncaster
Millwall v Blackburn
QPR v Blackpool
Reading v Huddersfield
Sheff Wed v Watford
Yeovil v Barnsley