Burnley v Leicester City
A few short weeks ago Leicester City’s Premier League survival looked in serious jeopardy, but with three impressive wins on the bounce, the Foxes have a new spring in rtheir step. The most recent victory came against an in-form Swansea side that sat in eighth place before their 2-0 defeat at the King Power Stadium. Before Leicester’s change of fortune, the Foxes went eight games without a win between January and April, with seven of those defeats. Ross Wallace’s stoppage-time stunning free-kick from close range earned the Clarets a point in the 2-2 dramatic affair back in October 2014.
Last ten matches
Leicester City Star Man: Esteban Cambiasso
Argentinian and Inter Milan legend Cambiasso joined the Foxes in the summer after 10 outstanding seasons in the Italian capital, winning no less than 15 trophies in the process. The former Real Madrid midfielder has chipped in with four goals so far this campaign, all coming in the league. Cambiasso, who began his career in his homeland with Independiente, will be expected to shine and come forward with his vast experience and knowledge in his 17th top flight season.
Last time out:
Leicester (Schlupp, Mahrez) 2-2 Burnley (Kightly, Wallace)
Leicester: Schmeichel, de Laet, Konchesky, Morgan, Schlupp, Moore, Drinkwater, Hammond (James 78) Mahrez (Knockhaert 72) Vardy Ulloa (Nugent 63)
Subs not used: Hamer, Wasilewski, King, Wood.
Burnley: Heaton, Trippier (Keane 86), Duff, J Shackell, B Mee, S Ward, M Kightly (Wallace 79), G Boyd (Sordell 67), S Arfield, L Jutkiewicz, Barnes.
Subs not used Gilks, Lafferty, Long Hewitt.,
Last meeting at Turf Moor
Burnley 0-2 Leicester (Nugent, Wood)
Burnley: Heaton, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Baird, Stanislas (Wallace 62) Jones, Kightly, (Treacy 79) Arfield, Vokes (Edgar 8), Barnes.
Subs not used: Cisak, Lafferty, Long, Stock.
Leicester: Schmeichel, de Laet, Morgan, Schlupp, Wasilewski, Drinkwater, James, Knockaert, Mahrez, (Hammond 88), J Vardy (Wood 34) Nugent (Taylor Fletcher 72)
Burnley have long term injuries, with Dean Marney and Kevin Long, while the versatile Steven Reid hopes to return to the squad after a slight calf strain.
Former Burnley striker David Nugent is expected to miss out the clash at Turf Moor after pulling up with a calf injury before their 2-0 victory against Swansea.
Stat of the Day:
The Turf Moor battle on Saturday will be the 100th league meeting between Burnley and Leicester City.
“It’s as big a game as the last one and the next one. It has more effect because of the position of the teams in the league and the amount of games left, of course, but the reality is every game is a tough one for us”.
“We have a lot of respect for Burnley. It’ll have a cup feel to it. Both sides know there’s a lot riding on the result. So bearing that in mind, it’ll be a hard fought game”.
Referee: Mr. A. Taylor
This weekend’s Premier League fixtures (kick-off 3pm unless stated)
Saturday 25th April 2015
Southampton v Tottenham 12:45pm
Burnley v Leicester
Crystal Palace v Hull
Newcastle v Swansea
QPR v West Ham
Stoke v Sunderland
West Brom v Liverpool
Man City v Aston Villa 5.30pm
Sunday 26th April 2015
Everton v Man Utd 1.30pm
Arsenal v Chelsea 4pm