Burnley vs Leicester City Preview: Preview, Team news, Lineups and Prediction - Premier League 20/21
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Burnley and Leicester City will each be seeking a return to winning ways when they face off at Turf Moor on Wednesday evening.
The Clarets went down 4-0 to Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend and are now winless in three, while Leicester have lost back-to-back games in all competitions.
Burnley vs Leicester City: Match Preview
Leicester's campaign is at risk of crumbling, much like it did last season, on the back of losses to Slavia Prague and Arsenal over the last week, according to Sports Mole.
The Foxes were stunned by Slavia in the Europa League last 32, going down 2-0 on home soil in the second leg, before throwing away the lead to lose 3-1 to Arsenal in the league.
Youri Tielemans's early strike got Leicester off to a great start against the Gunners, but goals from David Luiz, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe earned the points for Arsenal.
Despite the defeat, though, City remain third in the table and five points above fifth-placed Chelsea, with reigning champions Liverpool a further point behind.
With a growing list of injuries to contend with, the latest being influential midfielder Harvey Barnes, Rodgers will know the importance of stopping the rot in midweek.
Burnley are themselves looking to kickstart their campaign, however, having followed up home draws against Fulham and West Bromwich Albion with a heavy defeat at Tottenham.
Gareth Bale scored twice in Sunday's clash at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, while Harry Kane and Lucas Moura also netted in the one-sided contest.
Two points from the last nine on offer, combined with Fulham showing signs of life, means that Burnley are now just five points above the relegation zone.
The Clarets' next three matches are all against sides in the top half, so that gap could well become even smaller by the time they travel to Southampton early next month.
Leicester were 4-2 winners when the sides met at the King Power Stadium earlier this season, but Burnley have won three of their last four against City in the league.
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Burnley vs Leicester City: Team News
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Burnley still expect to be without a number of first-team players for the visit of Leicester on Wednesday, said Sky Sports.
Chris Wood and Dale Stephens returned as second-half substitutes against Tottenham at the weekend, but Erik Pieters, Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Robbie Brady and Ashley Barnes remained sidelined.
Clarets boss Sean Dyche indicated that both Brady and Berg Gudmundsson were "close" to a return, but they may not be risked with Arsenal visiting at the weekend.
Leicester are missing a host of first-team regulars.
Winger Harvey Barnes (knee) is the latest to be forced onto the sidelines after he was injured during the defeat to Arsenal, although defender Jonny Evans should be able to feature having also limped off with a calf problem.
James Maddison (hip), Ayoze Perez (knee), Wes Morgan (back), James Justin (knee), Dennis Praet and Wesley Fofana (both hamstring) are all out.
Burnley vs Leicester City: Predicted Lineups
Burnley's defensive set-up is expected to be unchanged despite shipping four goals against Tottenham on Sunday. Previous Leicester transfer target James Tarkowski will be expected to partner captain and former Foxes loanee Ben Mee at the back. Although Sean Dyche admitted Erik Pieters is close to a return to action, it is likely that he will be named amongst the substitutes, noted Vavel.
Dwight McNeil is also a name that will be familiar to Leicester fans. The England Under-21 international was linked with a move to the King Power Stadium over the summer and although he hasn't set the world alight this campaign, is always a threat going forward. On the right side of the wing, Josh Brownhill is likely to remain in the role, with Johann Berg Gudmundsson definitely ruled out whilst Robbie Brady is a doubt.
Into the middle of the park and after coming off the bench to feature at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at the weekend, Dale Stephens could be reinstated into the starting line-up, with Jack Cork making way and Ashley Westwood keeping his place.
Finally up top, Chris Wood should be able to start from the off against his former employers as the main striker after he made his return from injury off the bench as well against Spurs. With Ashley Barnes still injured, Jay Rodriguez is the more likely to keep his place over Matej Vydra.
Burnley Starting XI: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Brownhill, Stephens, Westwood, McNeil, Rodriguez, Wood.
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Brendan Rodgers was dealt more injury woes at the weekend after he lost Harvey Barnes and Jonny Evans to injury - with the former out for a minimum of six weeks.
This added to the ever-growing list of players ruled out, with household names such as James Maddison and James Justin all unavailable for the trip to Lancashire.
There is some hope though that teenage sensation Wesley Fofana will be able to return. The 20-year-old is back training for the Foxes but with a worry that the game may come too early, he may not be risked. In which case, Daniel Amartey will likely start alongside Caglar Soyuncu.
Should Rodgers opt for a three at the back formation, it could see Ricardo Pereira drop to the bench with Luke Thomas and Timothy Castagne occupying the wing-back roles. Leicester are still cautiously monitoring the full-back's return to fitness, so he may be rested having played a heavy role in the recent run of fixtures.
If a three is chosen, a midfield trio of Youri Tielemans, Wilfred Ndidi and Hamza Choudhury would be expected, however with the Foxes struggling for creativity, Rodgers may look towards the younger generation to provide the spark.
Sidnei Tavares and Khanya Leshabela have been involved in the first-team squads of late, with Tavares making his debut against Slavia Prague last Thursday. However, with the risk of making it three defeats in a row should they lose, the 48-year-old may choose to go with tried and tested.
Jamie Vardy will look to spearhead the attack and return to goalscoring form, with his partner expected to be Kelechi Iheanacho with any other attacking options only in the form of Cengiz Under - who is a winger by trade - or a member of the Under-23's squad.
Leicester City Starting XI: Schmeichel; Castagne, Amartey, Fofana, Soyuncu, Thomas; Ndidi, Tielemans, Choudhury, Iheanacho, Vardy.
Burnley vs Leicester City: Predictions
Burnley were put to the sword on Sunday by Tottenham in an emphatic 4-0 defeat in north London for Sean Dyche’s side. The Lancashire side were behind after just two minutes and never stood a chance after that as Harry Kane and Gareth Bale ran the show to keep Burnley just above the relegation zone.
Leicester themselves suffered a heavy defeat on Sunday with Arsenal taking all three points from the King Power Stadium. Perhaps even more crushing than the defeat was the injuries sustained by Harvey Barnes and Jonny Evans which are likely to see both players sidelined for the foreseeable.
After crashing out of the Europa League last week, Leicester can solely focus on maintaining their spot in the top four, however, Brendan Rodgers’ side sit only five points clear of the in-form Chelsea in fifth place with a long way to go still in the season.
The two sides met in the second game week of this season and the Foxes ran out emphatic 4-2 victors, but Rodgers will be without all three of his goalscorers from that day with Dennies Praet, Barnes and James Justin all out through respective injuries.
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