Leicester have had the week off since comfortably downing promoted outfit West Brom on the opening day, though they’re still missing some players at the back. First choice options Ricardo Pereira and Jonny Evans remain unavailable, while fellow defenders Filip Benkovic and Wes Morgan both look unlikely to feature either.
Brendan Rodgers does at least have left-back Christian Fuchs and attacking midfielder James Maddison back from injuries, while Wilfried Ndidi is capable of stepping back into defence again to plug the gap again.
Burnley’s opening fixture with Man Utd was postponed, so Sean Dyche’s men have only had one taste of action this term too, as they overcame Sheffield Utd on penalties midweek.
That game finished 1-1, with that correct score now landing in four of Burnley’s last eight appearances since July. In fact, Burnley drew five of their last six fixtures with top-half sides last term, as all but one of those stalemates ended 1-1.
Both Teams To Score
We wouldn’t be surprised to see both teams find the net here then, especially as Burnley are without Ben Mee and possibly James Tarkowski too. West Brom appeared out of their depth and failed to capitalize on Leicester’s defensive absentees, managing just the single shot on target.
However, Burnley have greater attacking weapons and can hurt any side from set pieces, even if they’re hardly gung-ho in their approach.
Four of the last five head to heads between these two have finished 2-1 to one team or another, including all three since Rodgers took up his current role.
Despite an excellent defensive record last term overall, nine of Leicester’s 13 clean sheets were gathered against teams that finished below Burnley in the table, while they managed just the single shutout across their final 23 games of the season.
Burnley +1 Asian Handicap
Burnley have only lost twice in 15 appearances in all competitions since February now, as those were inflicted by Man City and by Brighton in a dead rubber on the final day last season.
They drew over half of those games, while only three of the 15 saw the two sides separated by more than a single strike, with those coming when outclassed by Pep Guardiola’s outfit and when downing relegated sides Bournemouth and Norwich.
Even away from Turf Moor, that defeat at the Etihad remains Burnley’s sole loss in nine matches (W5-D3-L1), a spell which included a win at Man Utd and a point when visiting Liverpool.
With that in mind, Leicester appear far too short at the prices, especially for a side that are just W5-D5-L8 in all competitions since late January.