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PREVIEW: Leicester City v Burnley

Sean Dyche on the challenge facing the Clarets on a unique day

9 November 2018

The Clarets go to Leicester City on Saturday for what promises to be an occasion as much as a match.

The home club has lined up a series of events to pay tribute to former club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, one of five people killed in a helicopter crash beside the King Power Stadium following Leicester’s Premier League fixture against West Ham a fortnight ago.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche was at that match and has pledged that the Clarets will do everything asked of them to play their part on what is certain to be an emotional occasion.

But the primary objective for Burnley remains the pursuit of a third league win of the season to ease their position in the bottom half of the table.

“We will pay our respects and we are there to support Leicester. But when the whistle blows, they will know we have a job to do,” said Dyche.

“We all have to take the game on and play as hard as we can to win.

“I can only imagine with the owner’s family, and what they’ve done at that club and how they know about football, they would expect that.

“And I think from both sides, that’s what will happen. For that 90-odd minutes the story will be about the game and that’s what we still have to get our minds on.

“We definitely want to perform and we definitely want points on the board.”

Burnley head for Leicester having conceded 13 goals in their last three games.

Nine of those came in games against the unbeaten pair of Chelsea and Manchester City – who have since put six past both Southampton and Shakhtar Donetsk – but Dyche is still keen to stem the flow.

“You don’t want to get lots of goals put past you, but it can happen,” he added.

“It hasn’t happened to us very often, so we just want to make sure it’s a period, rather than an on-going period, where those goals have gone in.”

And while the Clarets have hit a sticky patch, the manager is backing his players to pull through.

“I don’t forget what they’ve given me and this club, and now we want more from them,” he said.

“The demand is we want more. We want to get it back to where it was, we want to continue, we want to fight, work, punch above our weight, whatever terms you want to use.

“That’s what we’ve done historically and it’s just reminding them of those facts and that’s what we have to do.”

Team news

Midfielder Jack Cork and defender Phil Bardsley return to the Clarets’ squad following injury.

But Burnley are likely to be without James Tarkowski as he seeks treatment to an on-going groin problem.

Kevin Long scored his first Premier League goal against Leicester and could be involved on Saturday

Tarkowski’s England colleague Harry Maguire is missing for the Foxes as his ever-present Premier League record, stretching back to the summer of 2017, is ended by a knee problem.

Midfielder James Maddison also has a knee injury and will miss his first league game of the campaign.

Form guide

The Clarets are looking to secure a first win in four games and bring to an end their run of three successive defeats.

Leicester’s 1-0 win at Cardiff City last weekend was their first win in four games and lifted them to 10th-place in the table – five places and eight points better off than Burnley.

The Foxes have won twice at home in the Premier League this season and have taken just one point from their last two fixtures at the King Power Stadium thanks to a late deflected goal against West Ham a fortnight ago.

Opposition camp

Leicester City manager Claude Puel: “The support from the football community, all the clubs, was fantastic. I would like to say thank-you to them for all of their support.

“We know our fans, they are fantastic. There were 3,000 of them at our last game in Cardiff, it was a fantastic reunion with the fans.

“After the game, there was a lot of emotion that we shared with them and we can imagine what it will be like at home with 30,000 people in the stadium.

“It’s a family and it’s important for us to honour our Chairman and pay our tribute in this game.”

Puel, who this week went to Thailand with a number of his players to attend the owner's funeral, added: “It’s not easy to prepare this game, but the togetherness between us all, it’s a good feeling, a good energy, a fantastic strength.

“Our strength, spirit and positive attitude, as well as the support of our fans, will be very important.

“In the last game, we found the right balance between emotion and concentration, and focus on our game.”

Match stats

Burnley are seeking consecutive league wins in this fixture for the first time since August 2006 after a 1-0 victory at Turf Moor last April helped clinch a place in Europe.

The Clarets won 1-0 at the King Power Stadium 11 years ago on Saturday, with Steve Davis in caretaker charge of the team.

Leicester have won just three of their last 12 Premier League games at the King Power Stadium since the beginning of February, with five draws and four defeats.

The Foxes have conceded the opening goal in each of their last four home league games.

Leicester are the only side to have scored in each of their 11 Premier League matches this season.

Referee

Mike Dean

Kick-off

3pm Saturday. There will be two minutes’ silence before kick-off to mark Remembrance Sunday and to pay respects to those that were killed in the helicopter crash at the King Power Stadium a fortnight ago.


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