Preview - Burnley vs Leicester City 19 January 20

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Jan 18, 2020, 12:27 AM Last Edit: Jan 18, 2020, 01:05 AM by Harry85
Match Day 23
Burnley vs. Leicester City
Sunday, January 19th 2020
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Turf Moor

Last five matches form: W L L L L
Average goals per match: 1.09
Average goals against per match: 1.68
Top Scorer: Chris Wood ( 8 )

Leicester City:
Last five matches form: L L W W L
Average goals per match: 2.14
Average goals against per match: 0.95
Top Scorer: Jamie Vardy (17)

It has all been going so well for Brendan Rodgers and Leicester City so far this season, and whilst they ought to be rightly proud of their current third place in the standings, they are in the midst of their first real slightly sticky patch at present. Not as sticky as Burnley though who really are in dire form at the minute. Match Day 23 sees the pair clash at Turf Moor.

Leicester have held the edge in recent meetings between these sides, winning 2-1 both in the game here last season and in the reverse fixture in the current campaign.

Two confirmed injury absentees for each side in this one, with Ashley Barnes and Johann Gudmundsson absent for the home side, and Wilfred Ndidi and Daniel Amartey set to miss out for Leicester.

Burnley didn't particularly look like being drawn into the relegation dogfight in the early stages of the season, but a run of seven defeats in nine - including each of their last four - now sees them firmly in the mix. It has been hit or miss at home so far, with five wins and six defeats in eleven. They have conceded two or more in four of their last five here.

Leicester have now won only two of their past six in the league. In fairness there's no disgrace in losing to Manchester City and Liverpool, but failing to beat either Norwich or Southampton at home is disappointing.

Leicester may not quite be firing on all cylinders, but have nevertheless won six of their last seven on the road, hitting two or more in each of those wins. The absence of Ndidi is a concern, but they are still expected to do enough here.

Prediction: Burnley 1 - 2 Leicester City


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 2 - 1
Shots: 8 - 18
Shots on target: 5 - 8
Corner Kicks: 4 - 5
Possession: 44% - 56%

Just the one booking in this one, with Ben Mee of the home side being the only player to have his name taken by referee Anthony Taylor.

A fairly uneventful opening to the game in terms of real clear cut chances, but it was undoubtedly Leicester City who were having the best of it, and as such it was no great surprise when Brendan Rodgers men took the lead in the 33rd minute. Dennis Praet winning the ball in the centre of the park and Harvey Barnes setting off towards goal, driving into the right of the area as the defence backed off before drilling in at the near post from eight yards out or so to the right. 0-1 at the interval.

Bunley equalised in fairly typical fashion eleven minutes into the second half. Ben Mee getting on the end of a corner from the right and seeing his header palmed out by Kasper Schmeichel. There was the lurking Chris Wood though to stab home the rebound from practically on the line to the right.

Leicester were handed a golden opportunity to regain the lead in the 67th minute when Mee brought down Barnes in the left of the area and the referee pointed to the spot. Jamie Vardy went low and to the right, but so too did Nick Pope to make the save.

And then eleven minutes from time the home sides won it. A cross in from the left only being partially cleared and the racing in Ashley Westwood firing home low to the left-hand side from around the penalty spot. 2-1 final score.

Really big win for Burnley this, just as they looked to be beginning to head firmly in the wrong direction. Still work to do of course, but the three points gained here does move them up to 14th and now five points clear of the relegation zone. Disappointing from Leicester as their mini-slump continues. They stay third and eleven points clear of fifth placed Manchester United.

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