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Burnley vs Leicester City: 16/03/2019 – match preview and predicted starting XIs

Burnley vs Leicester City

Date: 16/03/2019

KO: 15:00

Venue: Turf Moor

Referee: Michael Oliver

Despite a good run of results in January and February where it looked like they may pull clear of the relegation scrap, three losses in a row have sucked Burnley right back into it as they prepare to welcome Leicester on Saturday.

They are now only two places above Cardiff, who occupy the last relegation place, and are by no means out of the woods. Brendan Rodgers has had a decent enough start to life at Leicester with one loss and one win recorded in the two games he has managed so far.

Whilst Leicester have nothing to play for in effect, it would ameliorate Rodgers to ensure that he gets this Leicester team as high in the table as possible. Leicester are still in a bit of a daze after their historic title win in 2016 and it seems that often the fans do not really know what they should expect from their team anymore.

The most Rogers can do is try and guarantee a top half finish this season and push on next season to try and break the top six monopoly and have a good run in the domestic cups.



Team News

Sean Dyche has no new injury concerns coming into this game. Jonathan Walters is still recovering from an Achilles injury and is nearing the end of the rehabilitation period but this game will come just too early for him.

There is a chance that Aaron Lennon may feature again this season after undergoing surgery on a knee injury whilst Steven Defour remains out for the rest of the season.

Ashley Barnes has stepped up to the fore for Burnley in recent matches with a goal in each of his last three games. It is clear to see why the Austrian international was linked with a move to Chelsea last season and although he may not be the most fashionable forward, he is more than effective on his day.

Brendan Rogers will probably field an unchanged side as well for this match. The only absentees for Leicester are Marc Albrighton, Matty James and Daniel Amartey who are all unlikely to feature again this season.

Jamie Vardy is another striker in good form with five goals in his last five games and the Englishman has been a true servant to Leicester and is going to be pivotal in their attempts to break into the top half of the table.

Tom Heaton and James Tarkowski have both received England call ups for the upcoming international break so will be looking to impress Gareth Southgate in their last match before meeting up with the squad.



Predicted Starting XIs

Burnley: Heaton; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Westwood, Cork, Taylor; wood, Barnes

Leicester: Schmeichel; Evans, Morgan, Maguire; Ricardo Pereira, Ndidi, Tielmans, Chilwell; Maddison, Vardy, Barnes

Score Prediction: Burnley 1 Leicester City 1

The reverse fixture ended 0-0 earlier in the season and it looks like this may be a similar uninspiring affair. In a weekend with only five league matches due to the FA Cup, it will not be a surprise to see this one slip under the radar.

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