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PREVIEW | Burnley v Leicester City

Tale of the tape as the Clarets launch Turf Moor run against the Foxes

16 March 2019

The Clarets return to Turf Moor to face Leicester City looking to steal a march on the teams battling around them near the foot of the Premier League table.

With the FA Cup quarter-final ties being played, there are only five league fixtures scheduled over the weekend.

Of the five teams separated by just five points from 14th down to 18th place in the table, only Burnley are in league action.

Sean Dyche’s men can therefore open up a five-point gap above Cardiff, who currently occupy the third relegation spot, and go level on points with Crystal Palace, who are 14th, with a first win in four games.

The Clarets have seen their momentum slow following the eight-game unbeaten run wich launched a post-Christmas revival.

But Dyche believes they are still heading in the right direction as they enter a vital run of three home games from the next four matches against a mid-table Leicester side looking for a first away win under new boss Brendan Rodgers - manager at Watford as Dyche launched his coaching career.

"Where we were to where we are is a big shift and you'd take it all day," said the Burnley boss.

"We've stuck in 18 points since Christmas and that's a big shift in points.

"We've got more to come I think. We've got to, of course. We've got to have more points on the board and I think the performances over that run - despite losing the three at the end - have still been pretty solid.

"We have to tidy up on the details, but on a balanced view over the season with all the different challenges we've had, we're kind of there or thereabouts and now we have to make sure we look after ourselves going forward over the next eight games."

Team news

The Clarets have no fresh injury worries with only Steven Defour, Jon Walters and Aaron Lennon missing.

However, Lennon could possibly be back before the end of the season as he recovers from knee surgery.

Leicester may also stick with the same squad of players, with winger Marc Albrighton, midfielder Matty James and Daniel Amartey all long-term absentees.

Form Guide

The Clarets are looking to end a three-game winless run – as they did when going to Leicester for a goalless draw and hard-earned point in November on a day former Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was honoured.

Tenth-placed Leicester have won two of their last three fixtures following a seven-game winless run which cost Claude Puel his job as manager.

The Foxes lost their first game under successor Brendan Rodgers but beat Fulham 2-1 last Saturday thanks to two Jamie Vardy goals to climb to 10th in the table.

Leicester’s last away win came at Everton on New Year’s Day.

Opposition camp

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers: “I think Sean's done an outstanding job. Great credit to the club as well, because when they got relegated a few years back they stuck with him.

“Last year they had really good success and qualified for European football. In my experiences of going through a qualification phase, it can be very difficult, because you've got to come back in the middle of June.

“Then if you don't qualify for Europe, it can start your season on a real downer. That's probably what happened, but I think Sean has shown the quality of his management.”

Match stats

Saturday’s game is the 50th top-flight meeting between the two sides. The Clarets have won 22 and Leicester 13.

A Burnley win would give them a third successive home victory over Leicester in the Premier League – something the Clarets haven’t achieved against any other side.

Ashley Barnes is aiming to become the first Claret to score in four successive Premier League games at Turf Moor in what would be his 100th league start.

Leicester haven’t kept a clean sheet since their 1-0 win at Everton on New Year’s Day – their last away win.

Referee

Michael Oliver

Kick-off

Saturday 3pm

 

TICKETS

Tickets are still available for this this game. Pop down to the Turf Moor Ticket Office to grab yours!


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