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PREVIEW: Leicester City v Burnley

Build-up as the Clarets prepare for another landmark day at Leicester

18 October 2019

The Clarets played their part in an emotional day at Leicester City last season and will again be central to further tributes to the Foxes’ former owner on their return to the King Power Stadium.

Burnley’s trip to Leicester last November – which ended in a 0-0 draw – was City’s first home game after club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others lost their lives in a helicopter crash adjacent to the stadium on 27th October.

And Saturday’s fixture is Leicester’s nearest home game to the anniversary of the fatal accident with a number of pre-match tributes planned.

A supporter-led walk will take place before the match and in the stadium tribute scarves will be left on seats with supporters asked to be seated by 2.45pm ahead of a minute’s silence prior to kick-off.

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Burnley’s supporters and playing staff made a fitting contribution to last season’s events and manager Sean Dyche expects the same again before the search begins for three points.

“Apart from the 90-odd minutes we’ll support them in whatever they need to recognise that event,” said Dyche.

“That was such a tough thing to go through, but I must say I thought the way Leicester handled that was fantastic. I thought the fan-base and the way they organised things was exceptional.

“A year on we will all still be full of respect and we will do all we can to play our part and whatever Leicester ask of us to mark the occasion and honour him.

“But the players know that once the whistle blows, it’s business and we have to be ready to take on a tough side at their place and put in another good performance and see where that takes us.”

Team news

The Clarets will be without injured winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson and ex-Leicester City title winner Danny Drinkwater.

Midfielder Jack Cork is also a doubt as he recovers from a fracture to a shoulder blade, while striker Ashley Barnes faces a fitness check on a groin problem.

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Leicester midfielder James Maddison (above) is fit to play after illness forced him to pull out of England’s Euro 2020 qualifiers during the international break.

However, midfield colleague Dennis Praet has missed some training after returning late from international duty with Belgium due to personal reasons.

Top scorer Jamie Vardy was also given an extended holiday due to media issues surrounding his wife but is expected to start.

Form guide

The Clarets head to the King Power Stadium on the back of a four-match unbeaten run which has taken them to seventh place in the Premier League.

Burnley’s only defeat away from home came at Arsenal in mid-August.

Like the Clarets, fourth-placed Leicester have also lost only twice in the Premier League – at Manchester United and at Liverpool last time out when they were beaten by a controversial late penalty.

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Brendan Rodgers’ side – which faces Burton Albion in the last 16 of the EFL Cup – has won three of their four home games, putting five goals past Newcastle United in their last King Power performance.

Opposition camp

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers: “With Sean’s teams, they’re super-organised. They set up 4-4-2, with Barnes and Wood up front are a threat. They work tirelessly.

“They play a system that isn’t complicated, but they play it very well. It’s a challenge.

“These are the types of games that we have struggled with over the past 18 months, but we showed against Newcastle that we’re learning. And we love playing at home.”

Match facts

Clarets midfielder Jeff Hendrick is in line to make his 300th career league appearance.

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If he figures, striker Jay Rodriguez will make 150th Premier League appearance – spread across Southampton, West Bromwich Albion and Burnley. 

Clarets frontman Chris Wood scored his first Premier League goal as a Leicester player in August, 2014

The Clarets are seeking a first win in nine games at Leicester, having drawn twice in four trips as a Premier League club.

A victory for the Clarets would give them 15 points after nine games, their best tally at this stage of a Premier League season.

Ten of Leicester’s 14 Premier League goals this season have come in the second half.

Foxes striker Jamie Vardy has scored 10 goals in his last 10 home league appearances.

Referee

Jonathan Moss

VAR

Andy Madley

Kick-off

Saturday 3pm

Coverage

Full commentary will be available on Clarets Player from 2.45pm with expert summary from ex-Clarets winger Michael Kightly. To subscribe for audio content, click HERE


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