Preview - Burnley vs Leicester City 16 March 19

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Match Day 31
Burnley vs. Leicester City
Saturday, March 16th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Turf Moor

Last five matches form: W W L L L
Average goals per match: 1.13
Average goals against per match: 1.90
Top Scorer: Ashley Barnes (9)

Leicester City:
Last five matches form: L L W L W
Average goals per match: 1.27
Average goals against per match: 1.40
Top Scorer: Jamie Vardy (12)

A run of eight successive games without defeat saw Burnley threatening to pull away from the relegation quagmire. A subsequent run of three successive defeats however means they remain imperilled. Next up its this home clash with tenth placed Leicester City who arrive on the back of a solid win over Fulham last time out.

There was nothing to split these sides earlier in the season with the game at the King Power Stadium ending in a goalless draw. Burnley came out on top by a 2-1 score-line in this game last season.

Aaron Lennon, Steven Defour and Jonathan Walters are all out injured for the home side. Daniel Amartey and Marc Albrighton miss out for Leicester City.

Burnley started very slowly at home, with just the one win in their first seven. They have certainly picked up of late though with four wins in their past seven. They were however disappointing in their most recent game against Crystal Palace here.

Leicester have won five of fifteen overall away from home. They are winless in their last four though, conceding two or more in three of those games. They have impressively only failed to score in one away game this season.

Burnley need to win this one, or at the very least avoid defeat. They struggled to cope with a similarly counterattacking side in Crystal Palace recently, but with Leicester also looking suspect at the back they may do enough to pick up a point.

Prediction: Burnley 2 - 2 Leicester City


Half time: 1 - 1
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  13 - 9
Shots on target: 2 - 4
Corner Kicks: 9 - 3
Possession: 62% - 38%

The first big incident arrived early here, with referee Michael Oliver sending off Harry Maguire of Leicester City in just the fourth minute. Burnley's Phil Bardsley and James Maddison of Leicester were booked in the game.

This looked like being a long afternoon for Leicester having been reduced to ten so early. Not only did they manage to hold their own, but against the odds they put in a valiant away performance to pick up all three points.

Maguire's dismissal came when bringing down a clean through Johann Gudmundsson. The referee deeming it the denial of a clear goalscoring opportunity and issuing the red.

Leicester were defending well with ten, and then in the 33rd minute they took the lead. James Maddison lining up a free kick around 20 yards out to the left and curling an excellent effort up and over the wall and into the top left.

Five minutes later the home side were back on level terms. Charlie Taylor found in space down the left and pulling the ball back to Dwight McNeil just inside the eighteen-yard box to the left-hand side. McNeil firing an excellent finish into the bottom right. 1-1 at the break.

The winner arrived in the ninetieth minute. Youri Tielemans getting a second go at sending a cross into the area after his initial corner was cleared. Wes Morgan rising highest on the edge of the six-yard box to plant a header into the bottom left. 1-2 final score.

Defeat was always going to be disappointing for Burnley here, but all the more so given the circumstances in which it came about. They stay fourth bottom and two points clear of Cardiff City, but the Bluebirds do now have a game in hand. Leicester stay in tenth position.

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