Preview - Leicester City vs Burnley 10 November 18

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Match Day 12
Leicester City vs Burnley
Saturday, November 10th, 2018
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: King Power Stadium

Leicester City:   
Last five matches form: W L L D W
Average goals per match: 1.55
Average goals against per match: 1.45
Top Scorer: James Maddison & Jamie Vardy (3)

Last five matches form: W D L L L
Average goals per match: 1.09
Average goals against per match: 2.27
Top Scorer: James Tarkowski, Sam Vokes, Johan Gudmundsson & Ashley Barnes (2)

There's no doubt where the most emotional game of the weekend will be taking place this weekend, as Leicester City return to the King Power Stadium for the first time since that terrible incident which resulted in the loss of their owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. Burnley are the opposition as Sean Dyche's men bid to avoid a fourth league defeat on the spin.

Leicester won this game 1-0 last season, with Burnley coming out on top 2-1 in the reverse fixture at Turf Moor.

Both sides have a few injuries headed into this one. Leicester will be missing two of their big guns in Harry Maguire and James Maddison, in addition to Matty James and Daniel Amartey. Nick Pope, Phil Bardlsey, Stephen Ward and Ben Gibson are out for Burnley.

Burnley have lost four of their six games on the road this season, and unlike last term have looked vulnerable at the back - shipping four to both Fulham and West Ham United and five to Manchester City.

It's been a mixed bag at home for Leicester, with their two wins in five at the King Power coming against Wolves and Huddersfield. They have scored in every game this season though, suggesting that Burnley's suspect defence could be put under some pressure here.

Having overperformed last season, the early evidence is that Burnley are coming back down to earth with a bang this time around. We see that trend continuing and it's the home side for us in this one.

Prediction: Leicester City 3 - 1 Burnley


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 -0
Shots:  13 - 5
Shots on target: 7 - 2
Corner Kicks: 12 - 1
Possession: 57% - 43%

Two bookings in this one, both for the home side, with referee Mike Dean taking the names of Wes Morgan and Kelechi Iheanacho.

Moving scenes at the King Power Stadium prior to the game here as the Leicester fans and players paid tribute to chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

The players weren't quite able to get the win on the pitch which would have been particularly fitting. They did give it a good go though and really today was about more than events on the pitch.

Jamie Vardy came closest for the home side in the first half when seeing a 15th minute effort following a scramble from a corner cleared off the line.

Then in the 22nd minute Rachid Ghezzal got on the end of a Marc Albrighton cross from the right, only to see his header thump off the crossbar.

Burnley for their part were struggling to create anything at all of note from open play, with the only half-chances they had coming from set-pieces. 0-0 at the break.

The second half was comparatively low on chances compared with the opening 45. Leicester City were still having the best of it though, without creating the kind of really dangerous moments which had Burnley living on the edge in the opening period.

Overall we suspect the visitors will be much the happier with the point here as they put an end to their three game losing skid.

Leicester stay tenth ahead of Sunday's games. A good result on the road for Burnley who will no doubt be particularly pleased with the clean sheet. They drop down to 15th, but this was much more like the sort of away performance which saw them fare so well last season.

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