Friday, November 15, 2019

Prediction: Leicester City vs Burnley

Verdict: Leicester City win and under 2.5 goals

Best Odds: 13/5

Bookmaker: Bet365

Looking to keep their spot in the top-four, Leicester will make the return from the international break when Burnley travel to the King Power on Saturday afternoon.

Leicester City

Starting with the hosts, while Leicester may have been left heartbroken to have seen Liverpool clinch a 95th-minute winner at Anfield prior to the international break, Brendan Rodgers’ men have received plenty of plaudits after their bright start to the new campaign. Still finding themselves sat inside the top-four and only two points adrift of defending champions Manchester City, a huge part of the Foxes’ revival has come thanks to their continued success on home soil. Including picking up a thumping 5-0 win over Newcastle in their last appearance at the King Power, the former Celtic boss has seen his side win each of their last three matchups in Leicestershire, a run that also saw them pick up a 2-1 win over Tottenham last month. It should also be noted that Leicester have not lost a Premier League match in front of their own supporters since the 12th of April.

Team News

Leicester will be boosted by the news that playmaker and MVP James Maddison has overcome his injury issues and has been passed fit to feature this weekend.

Burnley

As for the visitors, much like Saturday’s hosts, Burnley also entered the international break with some real momentum. Picking up a 1-0 win against Everton in their last top-flight outing, the Clarets are now in the midst of a four-match unbeaten run, their longest run since the middle of April. Now sat just two points adrift of climbing into the top-six and with their sights set firmly on securing a top-half finish this season, Head Coach Sean Dyche will be calling on his side to make some much-needed improvements away from Turf Moor. Drawing their last three consecutive matches outside of Lancashire, Burnley have won just one of their last nine top-flight matches on their travels. If Dyche’s side are to pick up a surprise victory this weekend then he will be looking for Chris Wood to lead thier charge. The New Zealand international has bagged four goals in his last four Premier League matchups.

Team News

The Clarets have more injury concerns than their hosts, although Johann Berg Gudmundsson is the only one definitely ruled out for this one.

Danny Drinkwater, Jack Cork and Erik Pieters all face a race to be fit in time for this match, with the latter two more likely than Drinkwater to make it.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Leicester have not lost a matchup against Burnley on home soil since November 2007.
  • The last two meetings at the King Power have produced just a single goal.
  • Burnley striker Chris Wood has four goals in his last four Premier League matches.
  • The Foxes have won their last three Premier League matches on home soil.
  • Jamie Vardy has scored four goals in his last three matches at the King Power.

Conclusion

Although Leicester will open Saturday’s contest as a favorite, Brendan Rodgers will know that this weekend will undoubtedly be a tough test. With Burnely enjoying their longest unbeaten run since April, the mood in Sean Dyche’s camp remains at a high and they are expected to show their usual resilence this weekend. While we do expect the Foxes to come away with three points on Saturday, we’re backing a low-scoring encounter.

Verdict: Leicester City win and under 2.5 goals

Best Odds: 13/5

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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