In-form Leicester search for two on the bounce against Burnley
Leicester to win 1-0
Leicester quickly recovered from finishing outside of the top four on the final day of last season, by putting three goals past West Brom in their opening fixture.
They would have been disappointing in missing out of the Champions League after spending much of last season in the top four. However, this didn’t show as they started this campaign in fine fashion, Jamie Vardy as usual on the scoresheet.
Burnley have been given an extra week of preparation as their match against Manchester United was postponed.
Although a tight budget means few new signings for Burnley, manager Sean Dyche always manages to produce the best from his squad, though it will be tough to reproduce a top ten finish this time around.
It is likely to be a tight encounter, though Leicester’s match practice could help them get a result.
Predicted 2020/21 finish: 7th
Reasons to be cheerful:
Jamie Vardy yet again is scoring goals – 2 against West Brom
They have plenty of creative options
Reasons to be fearful:
Will miss Ben Chilwell at left-back, now at Chelsea
Burnley are never easy to play against
Manager Brendan Rodgers will be delighted at how his side have started the season, firing in three goals and keeping a clean sheet to take an early joint-lead with Arsenal at the top of the table.
It’s early days, of course, but Leicester impressed for most of last season, spending all but five weeks inside the top four. It was only in the final two weeks where their poor form let them down, finishing 5th and outside the Champions League places.
The demands of the Europa League are never easy, and they could struggle to finish in the top six this season, though wins like last weekend will certainly help.
They have mixed results against Burnley – winning 5 out of their 10 league meetings. In truth, Burnley are a side that no one relishes facing due to their hard-working approach.
Leicester will have the benefit of match practice after last weekend, however, and it could help them.
Star Man – Jamie Vardy
Off the mark with two already, last season’s Premier League topscorer shows no sign of slowing down with age
Predicted 2020/21 finish: 12th
Reasons to be cheerful
Manager Sean Dyche works wonders with the players at his disposal
Have managed to keep defender Tarkowski (for now at least)
Reasons to be fearful
Lack of match practice
Little in the way of new signings
To say that Burnley have made few shockwaves in the transfer market this summer will surprise no one.
Sean Dyche always operates under a tight budget, with few new signings being made, but always managing to do the best with what he has.
There are some excellent players under his management at Burnley. Goalkeeper Nick Pope is arguably England’s best, currently, while strike partners Barnes and Wood seem to bring out the best in each other, scoring 20 goals between them last season.
It’ll be a stern test against Leicester, however. The Foxes are in great form and already have a match under their belt this season. Leicester away is probably not the first fixture you would want to start your season.
Nevertheless, Burnley will go with the intention of making life hard for Leicester this weekend and they could well have some success.
Star Man – Chris Wood
Topscored with 14 goals last season and is a handful for any defender
Leicester will boss the game in terms of possession
Midfielder James Maddison will likely start the game
Burnley will always look to keep it tight to prevent chances
Sean Dyche will have been drilling his players on this game for several weeks now, despite competitive match practice.
Leicester are in great form and will be favourites to continue winning this weekend.
If Vardy, Maddison and co. can get chances in front of goal, they should come away with the three points.
Leicester to win 1-0