Burnley will be on the road as they travel to face reigning Champions Leicester City with both the teams looking to improve on their current league standings. And surprisingly Burnley find themselves above Leicester City, albeit separated by goal difference only. Before the commencement of the season, many considered Burnley as the favourites to go down in light of their sparse spending and lack of dynamism shown. But they invested in Steven Defour who will have a vital role to play in their survival battle this season along with Jeff Hendrick and Johan Berg Gudmundsson.
They started the season with a 0-1 loss against Swansea City but followed it up with a massive upset when they beat Liverpool 2-0, which has been the highest point of their season thus far and Sean Dyche will have to ensure that it does not remain so throughout. The euphoria from the Liverpool win did not last long as Chelsea brought them back to Earth with a 3-0 thrashing.
Burnley brought back some semblance after the International break with a 1-1 draw against Hull City and are now gearing up to face a Leicester side who made their Champions League bow this week. It will be interesting to see their approach in the match as midweek matches are a virgin territory for the Foxes. Sean Dyche will be urging his boys to have the belief that they can earn points in this fixture with proper application and discipline.
T40’s PREDICTED BURNLEY LINE-UP VS LEICESTER CITY (4-4-2)
Tom Heaton will take up his usual place between the sticks and will be prepared to face the rampaging Leicester attack who blitzed Club Brugge 3-0. Matthew Lowton is again expected to start ahead of Jon Flanagan who has to wait a bit longer for his turn. Michael Keane and Ben Mee will be lining up at centre-back with Stephen Ward at left back.
Dean Marney and Steven Defour are poised to continue their partnership in midfield with Jeff Hendrick a very viable alternative to Marney. Gudmundsson was preferred to Scott Arfield on the left-flank and Sunday might see a repeat of that. While George Boyd will likely be stationed on the right flank.
The reliable duo of Andre Gray and Sam Vokes will again be partnered up front and they will be vital to Burnley’s hopes of inflicting damage to the Foxes rearguard. The pair proved to be the match-winners against Liverpool and the Clarets will be hoping for an encore.