Leicester City will be looking to respond to back-to-back defeats and continue their push for a top four place when they face Burnley at Turf Moor on Wednesday night.
The Foxes suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat against Slavia Prague, before they fell to a 3-1 loss against Arsenal on the weekend and Brendan Rodgers’ side will want to bounce back against a side they have already beaten so far this season.
However, Burnley come into the clash having not won in their last three, having suffered a crushing 4-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. The Clarets are currently five points above the drop zone, but will no doubt pose City a threat following their victory in this fixture last term.
Back in April 2015, Leicester faced fellow relegation-threatened outfit Burnley as they aimed to battle against the drop and complete a remarkable turnaround to survive in the top tier.
Tense first half
After winning their third straight game, Leicester were aiming to continue their fine run of form and started the brighter of the two sides in Lancashire. Robert Huth squandered a golden opportunity from a Marc Albrighton corner, before Vardy saw an effort saved by Tom Heaton mid-way through the first-half.
Burnley grew into the contest and almost broke the deadlock on 31 minutes when George Boyd’s pass fell to Matt Taylor, but his close-range shot was cleared off the line. Lukas Jutkiewicz was the next to test the City back-line as he tussled with Wes Morgan and got on the end of Kieran Trippier’s cross, before seeing an effort blocked.
Minute of madness wins it for City
With chances few and far between, Burnley were awarded a penalty in the 59th minute after Taylor was brought down inside the box. He stepped up from the spot but saw his effort strike the base of the post and away from danger to the relief of Paul Konchesky, who felled the Clarets midfielder.
But under a minute later, Leicester took the lead. On the counter-attack, Albrighton whipped in a vicious delivery from the right which took a deflection and dropped into the Vardy’s path and the former Fleetwood striker tapped the ball home from a yard out, sparking wild scenes in the away end.
This would prove to be a vital goal in the Foxes’ ‘Great Escape’ season as they held on for a hard-fought success, which saw them climb outside the bottom three and level on points with 16th-placed Sunderland. However, it was a damning defeat for Burnley, who dropped to the bottom of the division and went onto fall into the Championship after winning just two of their final nine matches.