Burnley v Leicester Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
March 12, 2019
Turf Moor - Premier League
Burnley aim to further distance themselves from the relegation zone as they host a Leicester side invigorated under new boss Brendan Rodgers. The Foxes have won two and lost one since sacking Claude Puel, with Saturday's game a real test of their new manager's ability.
The two sides played out to a drab 0-0 draw when they met earlier in the season, however, both teams look to have a new lease of life and fans will hope for a more exciting game come Saturday.
Having undergone yet another operation, Steven Defour's season appears to be over for Burnley, who will miss the midfielder's creativity. As a result, Ashley Westwood is expected to partner Jack Cork in the center of the park, with Robbie Brady hoping to reclaim his spot on the left-wing.
Rodgers is likely to stick with the offensive 4-3-3 that beat Fulham, meaning starts for Youri Tielemans and James Maddison in midfield, and Harry Barnes and Demarai Gray supporting Jamie Vardy.
Burnley v Leicester Predictions and Previews
Burnley sit one spot above the relegation zone going into Saturday's fixture, and are sitting on a poor run of three consecutive losses. More worryingly for Sean Dyche, two of those defeats have come against lower-league opposition, Newcastle and Crystal Palace.
The visitors this weekend, Leicester, have had their own problems this season, but appear to have rediscovered their attacking flair under Brendan Rodgers. However, a home win over Fulham serves as little indication of the new manger's success, and he will find a far more difficult team to break down at Turf Moor.
Despite their poor form, Burnley are a well organised side, and may count themselves as unlucky to have been beaten by Liverpool, after opening the scoring early on. Uncharacteristic mistakes by 'keeper Tom Heaton and a fair amount of luck fell to the Reds advantage, but Dyche will have been pleased with his side's performance nevertheless. Against Leicester, a side that thrives of quick, counter-attacking build up, the Clarets boss will be keen to discourage his team from pushing too far forward, and instead contain the visitors.
Having maintained the 4-4-2 formation that earned his side success last season, Dyche will also be relieved that his strike duo, Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood, have started scoring. Even with Burnley's poor run of form, the pair have scored in five of the past seven games and are 3/2 and 21/10 to score respectively.
Rodgers has been quick to revert from the possession-based style of his predecessor, but may be forced to run the proceedings this weekend. The manager will have done his homework, and will know what he is likely to face in Burnley, but whether he is able to overcome it is a different matter.
Jamie Vardy to score anytime at 5/4
The England striker made no secret of his distain for Puel's tactics and has scored four in three since his departure.
Both teams to score at 4/5
Leicester will push forward looking for a goal, with Burnley seeking to expose them.