Premier League: Burnley v Leicester City Preview

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Burnley v Leicester City

Saturday, Apr 14 – 15:00

Burnley came from behind to beat Watford 2-1 last weekend, thanks to goals from Sam Vokes and Jack Cork. The Clarets are currently undefeated in five Premier League matches, and now find themselves in a great position to earn a qualification spot for next year’s Europa League competition – provided Southampton do not win the FA Cup. Burnley sit seventh in the league table with a six point gap separating them from eighth placed Leicester.

Leicester City lost 2-1 to Newcastle in their last league match, with the result marking their only defeat in five Premier League fixtures. Manager Claude Puel blamed a lack of tempo for his side’s loss to Newcastle, but the Foxes were unlucky not to leave with a point when Riyad Mahrez was denied a penalty late in the game. Leicester currently sit eighth on the leaderboard, taking 43 points from their 32 matches this season.

What the stats tell us:

  • The Clarets have lost four of their last five matches at home against Leicester in the Premier League – winning their most recent clash with the Foxes in January 2017.
  • Leicester City have a chance to do the league double over Burnley for the first time since the 2012/13 Championship season.
  • Sean Dyche’s side have a chance to claim five consecutive top-flight victories for the first time since 1968 (a run of six).
  • A win tomorrow would see the Foxes claim three successive away victories in the Premier League for the first time since April 2016.
  • 12 of Burnley’s last 13 goals in the Premier League have been scored in the second-half of matches.
  • The Foxes have both netted and shipped goals in 21 of their Premier League fixtures this season – a league high.
  • Burnley have conceded in each of their last six matches at Turf Moor – they shipped just three goals in their opening nine games at home this season.
  • The Clarets have not lost a match in the Premier League from a winning position this season – one of just four sides in the competition to achieve this (Liverpool, Tottenham, and Man United).
  • Jamie Vardy has found the back of the net in 15 different matches in the Premier League this season – only Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has scored in more (21).

Burnley are enjoying a fantastic season, and have bounced back from a difficult start to 2018 with a number of important wins. The Clarets are always tough to beat at home. Sean Dyche has turned Turf Moor into something of a fortress this season, and bigger teams than Leicester have struggled to break Burnley down over the last few months. Leicester seem to be coasting towards the end of the season at the moment. Their results have been inconsistent, and Claude Puel will be expecting a bit more passion from his side today. It’s hard to fault Jamie Vardy however. Regardless of how well Leicester are performing, the Englishman keeps finding the back of the net.

Photos: Getty

Stats: Opta