Last updated & checked: 10/08/2021
Burnley welcome Leicester City to Turf Moor in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, with Sean Dyche’s Clarets desperate to end a three-game losing run. That run of defeats has seen the Lancashire side tumble down the league table to 17th place, just two points above the relegation zone. City, in contrast, are heading north in search of their third win in four league matches. The Foxes have also undergone their own tribulations in recent weeks, though, and it was not that long ago that manager Claude Puel was sacked and replaced by Brendan Rodgers.
Last weekend, Burnley were beaten 4-2 away at Anfield by Liverpool, a loss which followed a 2-0 defeat at Newcastle United and a 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace at Turf Moor. Leicester beat struggling Fulham 3-0 at the King Power Stadium last weekend, having been beaten 2-1 away at Watford the week before.
Burnley vs Leicester City Prediction: Clarets 1-1 Foxes
Our prediction for this game is that it will end in a 1-1 draw. New Leicester gaffer Brendan Rodgers is still getting used to his new charges, but his team look better than they did in the last days of Puel’s regime. They are still not a fluent side, though, and we suspect that an away point would satisfy Rodgers at this stage of his reign as manager. Burnley have sufficient quality and organisation to trouble most other Premier League sides, but seem to be struggling with their confidence right now.
Our recommended tip: Draw, both score
Our recommended tip for this game comes from Coral, who are offering odds of 10/3 on the game ending in a draw with both teams scoring. We think that this is a good bet, as it matches our prediction of a 1-1 draw, while also giving you a degree of flexibility when it comes to the precise final score. Both sides are looking to build some form after tricky periods, and we think that they will both be low on confidence. A draw therefore looks the likeliest outcome, with both teams managing to find the net at some stage.
These sides have met on seven previous occasions in the Premier League. Out of those seven games, Burnley have won twice, Leicester three times and there have been two draws. Both of Burnley’s victories have come at Turf Moor, while the Foxes have won once on the Clarets’ home soil.
The teams have faced each other on one previous occasion in the Premier League in 2018/19. The game was at the King Power Stadium on November 10 last year, and it ended in a 0-0 draw. The scoreline was significant because Burnley became the first team of the season to stop the Foxes scoring a goal.
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Players to watch: Ashley Barnes & Jamie Vardy
Ashley Barnes may have had his bid to play for Austria defeated by bureaucracy in recent weeks, but the Burnley striker is still one of the Premier League’s form players. He has scored in his last three home games in the Premier League. If he scores against Leicester on Saturday, he will become the first player to score in four consecutive home Premier League games at Turf Moor in the competition’s history.
Leicester striker Jamie Vardy continues to be a cult hero at the King Power Stadium. The slightly built, pacey striker has lost none of his deadliness in front of goal, despite passing his 32nd birthday in January. He has scored five goals in his last five Premier League games, which is more than he had managed in his previous 16 league games. He has scored 12 Premier League goals in total in 2018/19.