In-form Leicester hard to oppose at goal-shy Burnley
There should be a near full house at Turf Moor as Burnley take on Leicester City in a match that is crucial to the Premier League future of both clubs.
Only a couple of points separate bottom club Burnley from Leicester in 18th place. But the Foxes have played a game less and arrive in the better form. They’ve won their last three and have only lost one of their last five, a 4-3 reverse at Tottenham where most neutrals agreed they were the better team for long spells.
By comparison, the Clarets have struggled to win games and score goals all season – they’ve not managed to hit the net in any of their last four and their surprise victory over Manchester City last month was their first three-point haul since early January. So the momentum is with Nigel Pearson’s team, though the points were shared in the reverse fixture at the King Power Stadium in October when Burnley’s Ross Wallace equalised in the last minute of stoppage time.
Danny Ings didn’t play in that game but Burnley need their top scorer to start firing again if they are to escape from their predicament as games are running out and teams above them are starting to pick up points. Sean Dyche’s men will still believe they can drag the likes of Sunderland and Hull City into the mire, however, they will realise that they probably have to beat Leicester to stand any chance of survival given that the Lancastrians have an inferior goal difference to most of the teams around them.
Forward Ashley Barnes was sent off at Everton last week and is suspended for the visit of City, who could be without David Nugent. But Leicester have looked a lot more secure at the back since the return of Kasper Schmeichel and the Danish goalkeeper can keep another clean sheet – Burnley to score 0 goals at Turf Moor is 12/5.
Leicester, who have won five and drawn three of their last eight matches against Burnley, look value at 37/20 to record another victory and boost their hopes of completing the great escape.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, April 25 at Turf Moor.