Leicester City travel to Turf Moor with a spot in the Europa League hanging in the balance. A Burnley victory would almost guarantee the Clarets finish above the Foxes. The match will have the feel of a knock out round.
Leicester defeated Burnley 1-0 in the teams first meeting of the season in a tight contest. Burnley were tipped as a relegation favorite but find themselves dreaming of European Nights. Burnley can’t help but compare themselves to the title winning Leicester side that defied all odds to win the Premier League. Although Burnley cannot win the league, finishing in 7th and qualifying for the Europa League will feel like a massive accomplishment for the Clarets.
Leicester City have a host of injury concerns as they travel to Turf Moor. Matty James will miss the remainder of the season while Wilfred Ndidi serves the final game of his two match suspension. Vicente Iborra and Daniel Amartey are both suffering from hamstring injuries and are doubtful to play a part in the match. The injuries pave the way for Demari Gray to return to the starting XI. Furthermore, manager Claude Puel insists the remaining matches will have a play-off feel: “We will play six more games, which is like playing qualifying rounds.”
Burnley are without standout defender Ben Mee as he struggles with a bone bruise injury to his shin. Scott Arfeild, Jon Walters, Steven Defour, and Robbie Brady will likely not feature against the Foxes as well. However, Icelandic midfielder Johan Gudmundsson should return, sending Spurs loan player George-Kevin N’Koudou to the bench. Burnley striker Chris Wood believes the 2017/2018 season could be one for the history books:
“We were one of the favorites to go down at the start of the season and this group of lads have shown that we’re a lot better than they say.”
- The Foxes have only won 2 of their last 6 Premier League matches
- Burnley are on a 5 match unbeaten run, last loss was to Swansea in Febuary
- Jamie Vardy leads Leicester with 19 goals in all competitions
- Ashley Barnes has scored 4 goals in his last 5 appearances for Burnley
- Leicester defeated Burnley 1-0 in the reverse fixture
Leicester City – Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chillwell, Silva, Albrighton, Mahrez, Diabate, Gray, Vardy
Burnley – Pope, Lowton, Long, Tarkowski, Ward, Lennon, Cork, Westwood, Gudmundsson, Barnes, Wood
This will be a tightly contested match. I expect an excellent atmosphere at Turf Moor and both sides to play attractive football. With a berth in the Europa League on the line both teams will be keen to snatch all three points and the match will be decided in the final half hour.