Two of the Premier League’s bottom three meet at Turf Moor as Leicester City target a fourth straight victory against a Burnley side struggling for goals as well as points.
The hosts have managed to score just once in their last seven outings, a disastrous sequence especially at this critical stage of the season. Much has been made about Danny Ings’ recent drought, but he has not had quality service in recent weeks, while the aerial threat of Sam Vokes has been well marshalled by opposition defences.
Too much pressure has been applied to the back four recently, and despite battling bravely as ever, they could not keep out an in-form Everton side last time out, and their chances of a comeback were hampered by Ashley Barnes’ sending off. Having slipped to the bottom, this could not be more crucial for the Clarets.
Written off by many just a matter of weeks ago, Leicester have real momentum and suddenly seem to have a wonderful chance of staying up. Their urgency and drive was demonstrated by their purposeful start against Swansea City, who could not live with the likes of Jamie Vardy and opening goalscorer Leonardo Ulloa.
It took until late on for crowd favourite Andy King to seal the three points, and with only goal difference now keeping them in the bottom three, the Foxes have the ideal run-in to haul themselves away from danger. They secured the Championship title with a 1-0 win in this fixture last season. The same result would mean just as much to them.
Barnes is suspended for Burnley, who are also still without Kevin Long and Dean Marney through long-term injuries.
The visitors are hopeful over the fitness of Marcin Wasilewski, while there are doubts over David Nugent after he pulled out in the warm-up ahead of the Swansea game.
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