Monday, February 17, 2020

Prediction: Burnley vs Leicester City

Verdict: Leicester City win

Best Odds: 5/6

Bookmaker: Bet365

Desperate to make a return to winning ways this weekend, Leicester will make the trip to a struggling Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon.

Burnley

Starting with the hosts, while Burnley may have managed to secure their spot in the fourth round of this year’s FA Cup a fortnight ago, the Clarets once again come crashing back down to earth last weekend. Hit with what eventually turned out to be a 3-0 hammering away at Stamford Bridge last time out, Sean Dyche’s men find themselves in the midst of a four-match Premier League losing run, their worst run of form since March 2019. With many around Turf Moor starting to fear that their side could be getting dragged into a relegation scrap, a huge part of Burnley’s recent issues has come down to some rather glaring struggles in the final third. Failing to find the net in West London last time out, Sunday’s hosts have now managed to bag just a single Premier League strike in almost 350 minutes of top-flight action. Now holding just a three-point buffer from dropping into the relegation zone, it should also be noted that Dyche’s side have lost four of their last five Premier League matches in Lancashire.

Team News

Striker Ashley Barnes, who has missed the Clarets’ last two games, needs a hernia operation and faces a spell on the sidelines.

Chris Wood is available despite breaking his nose at Chelsea, while Jay Rodriguez and Robbie Brady are back in contention following lay-offs.

Leicester City

As for the visitors, after being hit with what was a shock 2-1 loss at home against Southampton last weekend and watching Manchester City leapfrog them to second spot, many around the King Power are starting to fear that their side could be showing some signs of fatigue. Also having to come from behind to snatch a 1-1 draw off of relegation scrappers Aston Villa in their EFL Cup semi-final first-leg last week, Brendan Rodgers’ men have won just three of their last nine matchups across all competitions within 90 minutes. However, still firmly on course to secure a Champions League return this season, the former Celtic boss has seen his side continue to save their best performances for away from the King Power. Including picking up a thumping 3-0 win away at St. James’ Park on New Year’s Day, the Foxes have won six of their last seven Premier League matches on the road, a run that has seen them score at least a pair of strikes in all of those victories.

Team News

Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi remains out with a knee problem.

The Foxes will monitor defender Wes Morgan, who has been absent for the last two matches because of a groin injury.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Including a 2-1 defeat back in October, Burnley have lost back-to-back matches against the Foxes.
  • However, Leicester have won just three of their last nine matches within 90 minutes.
  • Burnley have lost their last four Premier League matches on the bounce, their worst run since March 2019.
  • The Clarets have also lost four of their last five Premier League matches at Turf Moor.
  • Leicester have won eight of their last nine matches away from the King Power.

Conclusion

While Leicester might still be struggling with some recent issues, there is no doubt that the Foxes should see this weekend as a golden opportunity to bounce back. Given the Foxes’ recent performances away from the King Power and also landing back-to-back victories over Burnley, including a 2-1 victory in their previous trip to Lancashire, we’re backing the Foxes to come away with maximum points on Sunday afternoon.

Verdict: Leicester City win

Best Odds: 5/6

Bookmaker: Bet365

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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