Team news, stats and predictions ahead of Burnley vs Leicester in the Premier League on Wednesday (kick off 6pm).
Burnley Still expect to be without a number of first-team players for Leicester’s visit on Wednesday.
Chris Wood and Dale Stephens returned in the second half against Tottenham this weekend, but Erik Pieters, Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Robbie Brady and Ashley Barnes stayed on the sidelines.
Clarets boss Sean Dyche has said Brady and Berg Gudmundsson are “close” to a comeback, but they are unlikely to see Arsenal visiting this weekend.
Leicester a host of regulars from the first team are missing.
Winger Harvey Barnes (knee) is the latest to be forced to stay on the sidelines after being injured in the loss to Arsenal, although defender Jonny Evans should be able to feature after limping with a problem with calf.
James Maddison (hip), Ayoze Perez (knee), Wes Morgan (rear), James Justin (knee), Dennis Praet and Wesley Fofana (both hamstring) are all eliminated.
How to follow
Burnley vs Leicester is live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event from 5.30 p.m. Kick-off at 6 p.m. Sky Sports customers can watch clips of the game in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Highlights will also be posted on the Sky Sports digital platforms and Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.
Jones knows prediction
Leicester is a huge lay here.
For those who like a short prize, the 4/5 double chance on Burnley (Burnley to win or draw) should be the backbone of all your midweek betting plans.
It has been a very bad week for Brendan Rodgers, losing in the Europa League followed by another loss at home but more worrying still, the injury situation is now getting out of hand. Harvey Barnes and Jonny Evans joined James Maddison, James Justin and Denis Praet in the treatment room and Jamie Vardy was tending his groin for the majority of Arsenal’s loss. If you think Liverpool have had serious injuries, watch Leicester.
Around the 25-game mark, Leicester started to unravel last season, winning just three of their last 14 appearances as they qualified for the Champions League. A 2-1 loss to Burnley was one of those defeats and an exhausted Leicester side will again be in for a meeting at full speed as Sean Dyche’s men need points to escape danger.
I’m still not quite able to trust Leicester in a game where they will be allowed to have the ball and space behind will be limited.
Since beating Manchester City 5-2, in games where they have had more possession than their opponents, they have taken just 13 points out of a possible 36 available with an expected goals-average of just 1.05 per game. That’s not far from the top-four norm and just might be the reason the Foxes won’t always be competing with the elite this campaign.
The physically and expertly organized Burnley is perfectly set to quell the Leicester threat. Rodgers’ side conceded another stoppage goal against Arsenal – their eighth conceded on a cross this season – and Dyche’s side will target that area.
JONES KNOWS THE FORECAST: 2-1
BETTING ANGLE: Burnley Double Chance (4/5 with Sky Bet)
Last time …
- Burnley have won three of their last four league games at home against Leicester (L1), more than their previous 13 against them at Turf Moor (W2 D3 L8).
- Leicester are looking to complete their first-ever top-flight brace over Burnley, last beating them at home and away in any division of the 2012-13 Championship.
- Leicester have won just three of their top 26 away games against Burnley (D6 L17), including two of those victories in their five Premier League visits to Turf Moor.
- Burnley’s home games have seen fewer goals than any other team in the Premier League this season, with just 24 goals scored in 13 appearances at Turf Moor so far (F10 A14).
- No team has won more Premier League away games than Leicester this season (W9 D3 L1). Indeed, it was only during their 2015-2016 season (11) of winning the title that the Foxes have won more high-level away games than they have this quarter.
- Leicester have lost their last two games in all competitions, the last one losing three in a row in February 2019 in Claude Puel’s last three games. Manager Brendan Rodgers has not lost three in a row since November 2014, when he was Liverpool boss, a four-game losing streak.
- Burnley have won two of their last 21 Premier League games against sides starting the day in the league’s top three (D4 L15), although one of those wins was a 2-1 home win over Leicester in January 2020, which was 3rd and Burnley 15th on the day of this match, the same positions the teams will enter this match.
- On the day of this match, it will be two years since Brendan Rodgers first Premier League game at the helm of Leicester, a 2-1 loss to Watford. Since that date, only Man City (79) and Liverpool (77) have won more away points in the competition than Leicester (62).
- Burnley forward Chris Wood has scored in each of his last three Premier League appearances against the former Leicester team. The only player to have scored in four consecutive Premier League games against a team they have already played for in the competition is Craig Bellamy against Newcastle between 2007 and 2011.
- Leicester forward Jamie Vardy has only found the net in one of his last 12 appearances in all competitions (v Liverpool in February) and has not scored in his last five road games since December 2020 against Spurs.