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3 Key Battles That Could Decide The Outcome When Leicester City Face Burnley

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Snehanjan Banerjee
Snehanjan used to a former columnist at The 4th Official. Fan of KK, Cricket and Liverpool (in no particular order).

Leicester City and Burnley made their way to the Premier League from the Championship together exactly two years ago but they are standing miles apart from each other right now. The hosts shocked the world by winning the Premier League last season whereas Burnley are just a newly-promoted side who won the Championship last term. The two sides are level on points heading into the game but Burnley boast a greater goal difference which means they are above the Champions at present.

Leicester City were thrashed 4-1 by Liverpool last week whereas Burnley had a 1-1 stalemate with Hull City. Leicester City made a mark for themselves in the Champions League with an emphatic 3-0 win over Club Brugge and will be keen to get back to winning ways in the Premier League.

Here are three key battles those could decide the fate of the game,

Wes Morgan Vs Andre Gray

Morgan led the Foxes to a historic Premier League win last season but he has been pretty average so far this season. However, he still remains a key player for Claudio Ranieri and the Italian will look forward to the Jamaican international to get his side back to winning ways. The 32-year-old will face a big test to stop Burnley’s dangerous striker Andre Gray who is a menace with his insane burst of pace. Both Leicester City defenders are in their thirties right now and dealing with the pace of Gray will be a tough ask for them.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Andre Gray of Burnley in action during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge on August 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 27: Andre Gray of Burnley in action during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge on August 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Danny Drinkwater Vs Steven Defour

Summer signing Nampalys Mendy is yet to come back from the injury which makes Danny Drinkwater’s job even tougher. The Englishman will face a tight battle against experienced Belgian international Steven Defour. The Belgian international has been immense in the middle of the park since joining the Clarets this summer and his average Whoscored rating of 7.56 suggests that. The winner of this battle will have a big say in the outcome of the game.

Jamie Vardy Vs Michael Keane

We are yet to see the best of Jamie Vardy this season but the English international played out of his skin in the Champions League win over Club Brugge. The English international will pose the biggest threat to the Clarets on Saturday and young and highly-rated defender Michael Keane’s job will be to stop him. The former Manchester United defender will have to deal with the pace and directness of Vardy and this will be a big test for him.

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