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Preview: Leicester City vs. Burnley - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Leicester City vs. Burnley - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Saturday's Premier League clash between high-flying Leicester and Burnley, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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High-flying Leicester City will be looking to return to winning ways when they welcome Burnley to the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

A last-gasp defeat at the hands of leaders Liverpool before the international break slowed the Foxes' impressive start to the season, and they will face another difficult test against a Burnley side sitting just two points behind them in the table.


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Leicester came as close as anyone to taking points off Liverpool so far this Premier League season, and the nature of their 2-1 defeat at Anfield was particularly galling on Brendan Rodgers's return to his former club.

It looked as though they might be heading for a smash-and-grab draw after James Maddison had scored with their only shot on target 10 minutes from time, only for James Milner to tuck home a 95th-minute penalty which Rodgers felt was very soft after Sadio Mane had gone to ground inside the box.

The Foxes have had the international break to get over that result, and they will return to club action still feeling pretty good about their position after eight games of the season - fourth in the table and only two points behind champions Manchester City.

It is a position they have been increasingly tipped to compete for at the end of the season too; the poor form of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in particular has seemingly opened the door for a top-four challenge, and the signs so far point to Leicester being the best-equipped of those outside the traditional 'big six' to launch that.

Indeed, since Rodgers's first game in charge of the club only Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea have picked up more Premier League points, while they are currently only one point behind the pace they set during their unforgettable title-winning season.


Burnley will also be delighted with their start to the season and have perhaps gone under the radar so far despite the fact that a win at the King Power Stadium would lift them above Leicester in the table.

Winning at the King Power is something only one visiting team has managed to do in Leicester's last 10 home league outings, but Burnley will be confident following a four-game unbeaten streak prior to the latest international break - most recently a 1-0 triumph over Everton.

Sean Dyche's side have only been beaten by Arsenal and Liverpool in the league so far this season, although they have also failed to win back-to-back league games since April, due largely to their away form.

The Clarets are winless in their last six on the road and have kept just one clean sheet since their last visit to Leicester 11 months ago - a run of 16 games.

If they are to improve that record on Saturday then they will need to come up with plan to deal with Leicester's set pieces - Maddison has created a league-high 50 chances via those means since the start of last season, while no team has conceded more goals from them than Burnley's 16 in the same period.

Leicester Premier League form: WWLWWL
Leicester form (all competitions): WLWWWL

Burnley Premier League form: DLDWDW
Burnley form (all competitions): LLDWDW


Team News


Leicester's chief playmaker Maddison is expected to have fully recovered from a bout of illness which forced him to withdraw from international duty with England, leaving Matty James as their only absentee.

Burnley will be keeping a particularly close eye on Jamie Vardy, who has scored 10 goals in his last 10 top-flight home games, while only Mane and Sergio Aguero have scored more in 2019.

The Clarets have more injury concerns than their hosts, although Johann Berg Gudmundsson is the only one definitely ruled out for this one.

Danny Drinkwater, Jack Cork and Erik Pieters all face a race to be fit in time for this match, with the latter two more likely than Drinkwater to make it.

Leicester possible starting lineup:
Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; H Barnes, Praet, Ndidi, Tielemans, Maddison; Vardy

Burnley possible starting lineup:
Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters; Lennon, Hendrick, Westwood, McNeil; Wood, A Barnes



We say: Leicester 2-0 Burnley

Burnley will pose an entirely different challenge for Leicester to the one they experienced against Liverpool last time out, but this Rodgers side looks like one which can win in a variety of different ways. It may not be as pretty as the hosts would like, but we are backing them to get back to winning ways this weekend.


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1Liverpool12111028101834
2Leicester CityLeicester128222982126
3Chelsea1282227171026
4Manchester CityMan City1281335132225
5Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd12453139417
6Arsenal124531617-117
7Manchester UnitedMan Utd124441612416
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11Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton124351517-215
12Crystal Palace124351016-615
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle124351118-715
14Tottenham HotspurSpurs123541817114
15Everton124261318-514
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham123451420-613
17Aston Villa123271720-311
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