Preview - Burnley vs Leicester City 14 April 2018

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Apr 13, 2018, 10:58 PM Last Edit: Apr 13, 2018, 11:28 PM by Harry85
Match Day 34
Burnley vs Leicester City
Saturday, April 14th, 2018
23:00 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Turf Moor

Last five matches form: D W W W W
Average goals per match: 0.97
Average goals against per match: 0.88
Top Scorer: Chris Wood ( 8 )

Leicester City:
Last five matches form: D W L W L
Average goals per match: 1.50
Average goals against per match: 1.41
Top Scorer: Jamie Vardy (16)

Eighth placed Leicester City travel to Turf Moor on Match Day 33 to take on Sean Dyche's red-hot Burnley side. Whereas Leicester have very little left to play for, Burnley will be keen to keep up their current run to the end of the season. Five points adrift of sixth placed Arsenal, with six games to play, finishing in a European position is by no means impossible.

Leicester's midfield looks a particular area of concern ahead of this game, with the possibility that Vicente Iborra, Daniel Amartey, Matty James and Wilfred Ndidi may all miss out. It looks like being left to the impressive Adrien Silva to attempt to knit the centre of the park together.

Burnley have problems of their own, with Robbie Brady and Steven Defour out in midfield and Ben Mee missing at the back.

Usually this would be a fairly tough game to call, with Leicester City still looking to boast the better squad on paper, despite what the league table says. Motivation looks to be a serious issue for the visitors though who were outplayed by Newcastle on their own patch last time out.

Whether Leicester will have the will or guile to break down this Burnley outfit - particularly with so many problems in midfield - must be a doubt, and Burnley look to have a solid chance of claiming a fifth win in a row.

Prediction: Burnley 2 - 0 Leicester City


Half time: 2 - 0
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots: 8 - 15
Shots on target: 3 - 6
Corner Kicks: 4 - 8
Possession: 39% - 61%

Aaron Lennon and Asley Barnes were booked for the home side, whilst Leicester's Kelechi Iheanacho also found his way into referee Martin Atkinson's notebook.

We know how this story goes by now. Comfortably behind on the total shots, shots on target and possession stats and yet still they win. Sean Dyche's Burnley side go marching on.

Given how resolute Burnley are at the back, with one goal scored often being enough, this one was effectively all over inside the first ten minutes.

An excellent turn and through ball by Ashley Barnes in the sixth minute putting Chris Wood clean through on goal. Kasper Schmeichel did well to save Wood's initial effort, but the ball fell kindly for the big striker to fire in the rebound.

Just three minutes later, Burnley's lead was doubled. Kevin Long outjumping everyone at the far post to head home a Johann Berg Gudmundsson corner from the right.

Happy with that, Burnley didn't register another shot on goal in the whole of the first half. Leicester didn't muster much of note either though. 2-0 after the opening 45 minutes.

The second half opened in lively fashion with chances for both sides, and in the 71st minute Leicester set up a potentially interesting finale. Iheanacho breaking down the middle and releasing Jamie Vardy into the right-hand side of the box. The England man smashing home across the keeper. 2-1.

The visitors did give it a go in the final twenty minutes but never really came too close to the equaliser as Burnley held on.

With Arsenal yet to play in this round of fixtures, Burnley close the gap to sixth place to just the two points in what has been a remarkable season to date. Leicester stay eighth but now nine points adrift of Burnley.

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