Burnley FC vs Leicester City – April 14, 2018 – Turf Moor – 15:00 hrs – EPL preview
Leicester City Preview
Leicester succumbed to a resurgent Newcastle 1-2 in their own backyard, the King Power stadium, thus missing the opportunity to go 3 points ahead and within breathing distance of 7th placed Burnley whom they will face this coming Saturday at Turf Moor.
The Foxes' 65 per cent possession rate against Newcastle came to almost nothing, as they managed just one shot on target which happened to be their solitary goal scored by Jamie Vardy. With an attack that has men like Riyad Mahrez and Vardy such amounts of possession is expected to result in goals. Against Burnley they may not be able to hog possession in the manner they did against Newcastle, which is why Vardy & co. will have to make the most of whatever chances come their way. Shinji Okazaki and the talented Demarai Gray who surprisingly were introduced very late in the Newcastle game need to feature in the starting XI at Turf Moor to give the Leicester attack it's completeness.
Burnley FC Preview
Coach Sean Dyche's Burnley are on a purple patch, winning 4 games in a row after a winless spell of 11 games straight. Dyche's defensive tactics will be as usual come to the fore, something that has earned him such success in recent games. The Clarets have conceded just 28 goals from their 32 games which is the 3rd-lowest count of all teams (even lower than Liverpool's 35). As far as their attack is concerned, Burnley have been low on goals, just 31 goals compared to their Saturday's opponent's 48. The pillars of the Clarets' offense have been the trio of Sam Vokes, Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood who account for 70 per cent of their side's goals and will be expected to make a mark at Turf Moor against the Foxes.
Burnley FC vs Leicester City Betting Tips
Coach Claude Puel would be wary not to concede Saturday's game so as not to slip below the 8th spot which they have held onto for the last 16 games. 9th placed Everton are just a couple of points behind Leicester's 43. A Foxes win at Turf Moor won’t breach the 6-point gap 7th placed Burnley has over them, but it could just ensure the visitors come closer to a place in next season's Europa League. A win for the Clarets will take them within 2 points of Arsenal’s 54. Leicester’s defeat to Newcastle was their first in six games, slightly dampening a good run. Form-wise both teams are on even keel, although the odds are very narrowly in favour of the hosts.
Burnley FC vs Leicester City Verdict
Strangely, Burnley’s performance at home has been less than convincing than on the road. The Clarets have lost 5 games at Turf Moor compared to 4 in away games, thus making April 14th’s clash against the visiting Leicester City a very intriguing one.