Claude Puel’s Foxes will be planning on halting Burnley’s outstanding form Saturday afternoon. Leicester head into the game beaming with confidence after their midweek win over Tottenham.
Three points adrift from the coveted top 4, Burnley have been this season’s surprise package. Sean Dyche’s men currently find themselves above Tottenham in the table who are lying in 6th place.
Burnley have now won four of their last five, with their much praised defensive back line keeping clean sheets in three of those games. They moved up to sixth in the table following a comfortable 2-1 win at Bournemouth Wednesday night, where summer signing Chris Wood and Robbie Brady got the goals to see them through.
Only runaway leaders Manchester City and current champions Chelsea have gained more points on the road than Burnley this season, with Sean Dyche’s tactically sound teams putting in grafting performances week in week out.
However after Tuesday night’s performance Leicester will certainly be no push over, reminiscent of their title-winning campaign they will be looking to build on a terrific 2-1 win over Tottenham at the King Power, which saw the Foxes star men, Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez bag goals on the night.
Leicester go into the game with a few absentees; Christian Fuchs is a doubt after missing Tuesday night’s game due to personal problems. Robert Huth and Matty James remain on the side-lines but are expected to be making a return to action soon. However Nigerian international Kelechi Iheanacho who missed Tuesday’s win against Tottenham due to illness is likely to return to the squad Saturday afternoon.
England and Burnley star goalkeeper Tom Heaton remains out for the Clarets with a shoulder injury. Whilst Matt Lowton could miss out again after sustaining an injury in last week’s defeat to Arsenal. Dyche however will be hoping to have Steven Defour back in contention for a starting place, along with Chris Wood and Ben Mee to face their former club.
Burnley’s away form so far this season and their current position in the Premier League makes them strong favourites for this encounter. Dyche’s tactics have proved time and time again to be a successful formula in cracking down some of the league’s best attacking outfits. However with the passionate King Power behind Claude Puel’s men, it would be silly to write off the Foxes, even more so after their Tuesday night win against title contenders Tottenham.
Predicted Burnley XI – Pope, Bardsley, Mee, Tarkowski, Ward, Brady, Cork, Defour, Gudmundsson, Hendrick, Wood.
Predicted Leicester XI – Schmeichel, Simpson, Maguire, Morgan, Chilwell, Mahrez, Iborra, Ndidi, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy.
Predicted score – Leicester City 1-1 Burnley.