Burnley vs. Leicester Tips, Preview and Predictions

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Burnley have a tough ask to climb out of the Premier League’s bottom three this weekend when they welcome Leicester City to Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon. The Foxes will be right up in the European picture should they win the game in hand they have on the majority of the teams above them, whereas the Clarets are seriously threatened by relegation and need to start winning. 

Where and when: Turf Moor – 15 January, kick-off 15:00

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Last time: Burnley twice took the lead when the teams met at the King Power Stadium in the reverse fixture in late September, but Jamie Vardy twice equalised for Leicester to earn the hosts a 2-2 draw. 

Burnley v Leicester Predictions and Preview

Burnley have played fewer matches than any other Premier League club so far this season, and should they win the game or two in hand they have over the teams above them, their situation would look a lot healthier. Improving their outlook this weekend will be difficult against this Leicester City side, but the visitors are in the midst of a selection nightmare. 

The Foxes may be missing a vast array of players, but Brendan Rodgers’ side thrashed Watford 4-1 in the FA Cup last weekend, their first game since beating Liverpool 1-0 in late December following a couple of postponements. However, the picture is a lot less rosy for the Foxes this weekend. 

Not only is Turf Moor a tough place to go, but Rodgers could be missing as many as 16 players for the trip to Lancashire. Caglar Soyuncu and Patson Daka are both expected to return from injury, but Timothy Castagne and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall remain 50/50 and will have late fitness tests. 

The likes of Jonny Evans, Jamie Vardy, Ricardo Pereira and Wesley Fofana are all injured, while Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi, Nampalys Mendy and Daniel Amartey are all away at the Africa Cup of Nations. 

As such, Leicester’s tag as 7/5 favourites doesn’t look very appealing as we assess the betting markets for this game. The home team could prove excellent value as 21/10 underdogs in this Burnley v Leicester preview, with the draw priced at 5/2

Sean Dyche’s side often come good in the second of the season and they will need to do so again this term. The Clarets are only two points behind Watford with a game in hand, but there’s an eight-point gap to Leeds United in 16th, albeit with the Whites playing two more games than Burnley. 

These two teams have shared score draws in each of their last two meetings, with the same outcome this weekend available at 7/2. Last season’s corresponding fixture at Turf Moor ended 1-1, with that scoreline here priced at 13/2

However, we’re backing Burnley to pick up a much-needed three points against a severely depleted Leicester side. The Clarets may be missing Maxwel Cornet, who is also at AFCON 2021, but their last two victories over the Foxes have both been 2-1 wins at Turf Moor without the Ivory Coast international, and the same result here could be interesting at 11/1

One to watch for Burnley: Chris Wood scored in both of Burnley’s most recent wins against Leicester. The New Zealand striker only has three Premier League goals to his name so far this season, but is worth a look at 6/1 in the first scorer market in these Burnley v Leicester predictions. 

One to watch for Leicester: James Maddison has five league goals so far this term, while the Englishman has also netted a goal in each of the three cup competitions the Foxes have been involved in. He is 10/1 to break the deadlock on Saturday afternoon. 

Long shot: If you’re looking for big odds in these Burnley v Leicester tips, a scorecast could be the way to go. Adding Wood as the first scorer to a 3-1 Burnley win gives you a price of 83/1

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