MX23RW : Monday, December 17 08:40:15
Apr 14, 2018 at 3pm UK at ​Turf Moor
Attendance: 21,727
Burnley
2-1
LeicesterLeicester City
Wood (6'), Long (9')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Vardy (72')

Result: Burnley edge closer to European place with victory over Leicester City

Result: Burnley get the better of Leicester
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Burnley edge closer to their goal of European qualification thanks to a 2-1 win over Leicester City in Saturday's Premier League encounter at Turf Moor.

Burnley have taken another giant step towards their goal of European qualification with a 2-1 win over Leicester City at Turf Moor.

The hosts took the lead after just six minutes when Chris Wood drew a save from Kasper Schmeichel with a close-range effort before gathering the rebound and drilling the ball home.

Three minutes later Burnley were two goals ahead as Johann Berg Gudmundsson floated a cross deep to the back post, where Kevin Long was on hand to plant a firm header beyond Schmeichel and into the Foxes' net.

A shellshocked Leicester sprung into life and enjoyed several opportunities to reduce the deficit, with Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy both missing good chances, but the Clarets retained their two-goal lead come the break.

Burnley came out brightly in the second half as Gudmundsson collected Wood's layoff and unleashed a left-footed effort from the edge of the area that sailed over the bar.

At the other end, Adrien Silva flicked the ball through into the path of Vardy for a low drive towards the bottom corner, only for Nick Pope to get down and turn the effort past the post.

Leicester did succeed in halving the deficit on 72 minutes as Vardy picked up Kelechi Iheanacho's pass into the inside left channel and bore down on goal before slamming the ball beyond the reach of Pope.

However, Claude Puel's charges could not complete their comeback, ensuring that Burnley picked up three crucial points to remain hot on the heels of sixth-placed Arsenal, who are just two points ahead, while the Foxes remain eighth.

BURNLEY (4-4-2): Pope; Lowton, Long, Tarkowski, Ward; Gudmundsson, Westwood, Cork, Lennon; Barnes (Vokes 85'), Wood (Hendrick 75')

LEICESTER CITY (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel (Hamer 86'); Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell; Silva, Choudhury; Mahrez, Okazaki (Iheanacho 46'), Gray (Diabate 64'); Vardy

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Claude Puel in charge of Leicester City on December 9, 2017
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1714303773045
2Manchester CityMan City17142148103844
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs17130431161539
4Chelsea17114235142137
5Arsenal17104337231434
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd177552929026
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves177461919025
8Everton176652422224
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham177372525024
10Watford177372325-224
11Bournemouth177282528-323
12Leicester CityLeicester176472121022
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton176382024-421
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle174491422-816
15Crystal Palace1743101423-915
16Cardiff CityCardiff1742111733-1614
17Southampton172691632-1612
18Burnley1733111533-1812
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1724111028-1810
20Fulham1723121642-269

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