Leicester City vs Burnley: Predicted Lineups
Burnley's Dwight McNeil in action with Leicester City's Ricardo Pereira during the Premier League match between Burnley and Leicester City at Turf Moor, Burnley on Wednesday 3rd March 2021. (Photo by Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Leicester City face Burnley on Saturday afternoon, as the Foxes look to get back on track after a disappointing last few games. Burnley are looking for some much-needed points on the board, sitting in 19th. 

Both sides played in midweek, and both came out with positive results. The Clarets put four past Rochdale in a 4-1 win to send them into round five of the Carabao Cup, while the Foxes were victorious away from home against Millwall

Neither side have made the start they would have wanted, as they look to turn it around at the weekend. However, there can only be one side who can snatch all three points. 

Leicester City

Brendan Rodgers has no fresh injury concerns going into the clash, bar the long-term absentees of Wesley Fofana and James Justin.

In goal is likely to be the ever-present Kasper Schmeichel. Danny Ward achieved a clean sheet in midweek, but the Dane is expected to come back into the side. A back four of Ricardo Pereira, Caglar Soyuncu, Jannick Vestergaard and Timothy Castagne could be likely. Jonny Evans returned on Wednesday evening and got 90 minutes in the tank, but he could be rested this weekend. 

A midfield duo of Wilfred Ndidi and Youri Tielemans is expected, with the pair starting alongside each other in every league game this season. On the flanks could be youth graduate, Harvey Barnes and the man on loan, Ademola Lookman. Lookman has impressed lately and could earn his first league start against Burnley. 

A front pairing of Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho could return on Saturday. Iheanacho has been itching to get back into the side, and after a superb strike in midweek, the Nigerian maybe in with a chance of starting alongside Jamie Vardy

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel; Pereira, Soyuncu, Vestergaard, Castagne; Lookman, Tielemans, Ndidi, Barnes; Iheanacho, Vardy.

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Burnley

After a successful outing last time out for Burnley in the cup. Sean Dyche is hoping to pick up form in the league.

Between the sticks is likely to be the 6’3, Nick Pope, who is arguably one of the best keepers in the league. The back four could contain Matthew Lowton, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee and Charlie Taylor.  That defence has started all five games in the league this season, and is expected not to change on Saturday.

On the right wing could be new signing Maxwel Cornet. Picking up an assist in midweek, Cornet might come in to replace Johann Gunmundsson. In the center of the park is the English pairing of Josh Brownhill and Ashley Westwood. On the left flank could be Dwight McNeil, the tricky winger is likely to return to the side after not being involved in midweek. 

Jay Rodriguez scored a stunning four goals in the third round of the Carabao Cup and could come into the side to replace Ashley Barnes. Alongside him is expected to be former Foxes’ man, Chris Wood. 

Burnley XI: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Cornet, Westwood, Brownhill, McNeil; Rodriguez, Wood.

Prediction

The Foxes will be hoping they can take advantage of a struggling Burnley side, with Rodgers’ team needing points on the board after only picking up six from a possible 15. Burnley will be desperate to get a positive result, but Leicester may just edge it. 

Leicester City 2-0 Burnley

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