Burnley v Leicester Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
April 10, 2018
Turf Moor – Premier League
It is seventh vs eighth as Burnley host Leicester this weekend looking to go eight points clear of the Foxes in the Premier League. The Clarets have won their last four games, whilst their opponents this weekend have been struggling for consistency.
Demarai Gray scored within six minutes as Leicester beat Burnley 1-0 in the reverse fixture. The match was well contested with both sides enjoying chances, and it took a number of good saves from Kaspar Schmeichel to earn his side the three points.
The big team news for Burnley is the return to fitness for last-season's first team 'keeper Tom Heaton, although he has his work cut out dislodging Nick Pope. Ben Mee missed the Clarets' last game, with the full extent of his injury yet to be confirmed, whilst Scott Arfeild and Jon Walters remain sidelines. Johann Berg Gudmundsson may be in contention to return in midfield.
Vincent Iborra's season appears to be over, having suffered a hamstring injury against Newcastle, joining Matty James on the sidelines. With Wilfred Ndidi still to serve a one game suspension, Claude Puel is short of options in central midfield.
Burnley v Leicester Preview and Predictions
As their league position suggests, Leicester are certainly the underdogs as they travel to Turf Moor on Saturday. Burnley have been in phenomenal form over the past few weeks, and are unbeaten since mid-february.
Sean Dyche's side has outgrown their image as defence-merchants and have been troubling opposition's defences themselves recently. The strike partnership of Chris Wood and Ashely Barnes has sparked off in this period, with the centre-forwards sharing eight goals between them in their last five games.
Leicester host their own in-form striker in Jamie Vardy, with the England forward having scored more goals than Burnely's strike partnership combined. Vardy looks rejuvenated under Puel and has scored in each of his last three games.
However, Leicester's brand of counter-attacking football, reliant on Vardy's pace, may come unstuck against a physical Burnley defence, that is unlikely to give the striker much space in behind. With the Foxes' midfield decimated by injury, Dyche's side may well steamroll the former Premier League champions this weekend.
Chris Wood to score first at 4/1
The striker is in good form and will relish the physical battle against Harry Maguire
Under 2.5 goals score at 4/7
Two defensively minded teams may cancel each other out.