Premier League: Leicester City vs Burnley match preview

A look ahead to Saturday’s Premier League fixture at the King Power Stadium

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Saturday’s clash at the King Power Stadium is the tale of two newly-promoted sides enjoying very different fortunes. Leicester City, unbeaten at home, are 12 in the table after a string of stirring performances. Perhaps most promisingly, Nigel Pearson’s side took four points from matches against Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United, holding the Gunners to a hard-fought 1-1 draw before a famous 5-3 victory over United. Dave Nugent has never managed to replicate his free-scoring Championship form at the top level, but will hope to add this season’s solitary strike against Burnley – the striker has scored in each of the sides’ last four meetings.

The Clarets, on the other hand, are yet to win this season and are bottom of the table, although a win could see them claw their way out of a congested relegation zone. Like Leicester, their most promising display came against Manchester United, when they held Louis van Gaal’s side to a 0-0 draw at Turf Moor. Goals, however, remain a real problem – Sean Dyche’s team have not scored since their 3-1 opening day defeat to Chelsea.

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3.00pm

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Burnley were beaten 4-0 by West Brom in their last outing

 

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Burnley 0 Leicester 2 (Nugent, Wood), Championship, March 2014

Leicester 1 (Nugent) Burnley 1(Ings), Championship, November 2013

Burnley 0 Leicester 1 (Nugent), Championship, March 2013

STATS…

Burnely haven’t scored in 616 minutes of football in all competitions. When Scott Arfield scored their only goal after just 14 minutes of the season, he presumably didn’t think that would be enough to keep him the side’s top scorer until October.

Burnley have not beaten Leicester in any of their last seven meetings.

Leicester’s Leonardo Ulloa has scored five in his first six league appearances since moving to the club for £8 million from Brighton. He is the second-highest scorer in the Premier League after Diego Costa.

Leicester’s 5-3 victory over Manchester United was the first time United have conceded five in the league since Alex Ferguson’s final match in charge against West Brom ended in a 5-5 draw in May 2013.

 

ODDS…

Leicester to win: 1.73

Burnley to win: 4.75

Draw: 3.7

TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.30pm.

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