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Preview: Burnley vs. Leicester City - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Sunday's Premier League fixture between Burnley and Leicester City.

Leicester City face Burnley on Sunday afternoon looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League after last weekend's defeat to Southampton.

Meanwhile, the Clarets welcome the Foxes to Turf Moor having lost four top-flight fixtures in a row, a run which has led to the club dropping to within three points of the relegation zone.

Match preview

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers pictured in December 2019© Reuters

Despite still holding an 11-point cushion in the race for a Champions League place, Leicester have not been at their best over the past month, claiming just seven points from half-a-dozen outings.

A below-par performance also contributed to a 1-1 draw being recorded in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final against Aston Villa, a result which has left an appearance at Wembley Stadium in the balance.

While Brendan Rodgers would have expected a lull at some stage, the Northern Irishman will not be pleased with his side's recent outings, leaving them under pressure to get back on track as soon as possible.

Nevertheless, the setback versus Southampton last weekend may prove to be a blessing in disguise, with the club's close-knit squad being left aware that they have not achieved anything just yet despite their excellent first half to the campaign.

Having only scored once from his last five starts in all competitions, Jamie Vardy will also want to get back on the goal trail as he bids to stay at the top of the Premier League scoring charts.

From Burnley's perspective, Sean Dyche will hope that a week of rest and preparation benefits his team after their struggles over the Christmas and New Year period.

The North-West side netted just once in defeats to Everton, Manchester United, Aston Villa and Chelsea, a period which has extended their poor run of results to 10 defeats from 14 matches.

Dyche will hope that the trademark endeavour of his players will eventually pay off, but there is an increasing urgency for more points to be recorded to avoid becoming embroiled in a relegation battle.

With Man United, Arsenal and in-form Southampton to follow Sunday's fixture, there may be an acknowledgement that they cannot afford to head into those games having further extended their losing streak.

Burnley Premier League form: WWLLLL
Burnley form (all competitions): WLLLWL

Leicester City Premier League form: DLLWWL
Leicester City form (all competitions): LWWWDL

Team News

Leicester City's Kelechi Iheanacho celebrates after the match on December 28, 2020© Reuters

Kelechi Iheanacho could return to the Leicester starting lineup this weekend, potentially in place of Ayoze Perez down one of the flanks.

Rodgers will almost certainly recall Youri Tielemans to the middle of the park, with Harvey Barnes likely to drop down to the substitutes' bench.

After missing out through illness last week, Burnley defender Phil Bardsley should return at right-back in place of Matt Lowton.

Jay Rodriguez is also expected to be available and could partner Chris Wood in attack, although Ashley Barnes has been ruled out due to a hernia operation.

Goalkeeper Joe Hart may also hope to be considered for a rare start ahead of Nick Pope.

Burnley possible starting lineup:
Pope; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Hendrick, Westwood, Cork, McNeil; Rodriguez, Wood

Leicester City possible starting lineup:
Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Praet, Choudhury, Tielemans; Maddison, Iheanacho, Vardy

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We say: Burnley 1-3 Leicester City

While Leicester have been below their best in recent weeks, this is the perfect opportunity to get back on track. Burnley, as usual, will produce a hard-working performance, but the visitors should have too much firepower in the final third.

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