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Match Preview: Leicester City vs Burnley

The Foxes look to add three more points to a busy week

Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Leicester City 9th (4-5-5) vs Burnley 6th (7-4-3)

Saturday 10:00 AM ET, King Power Stadium

Leicester pulled off a masterclass in their win against Tottenham on Tuesday. Two brilliant goals from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez in the first half stunned the Spurs, who could only manage one response in the second half.

How to Watch

You’ll be able to watch this match only on NBC Sports Gold app.

The Competition

The Clarets rode goals from ex-Leicester man Chris Wood and Robbie Brady as they were victorious on the road against Bournemouth. Sean Dyche’s squad has performed very well on the road this season, opening the season with a 3-2 win against Chelsea. The story of their success has been in part an excellent goal return from Chris Wood and Sam Vokes.

Burnley v Crystal Palace - Premier League
Chris Wood doing Chris Wood things
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Leicester can’t count out the play-making ability of Robbie Brady. His one goal and four assists make him a threat. If the Foxes can neutralize him like they did Christian Eriksen on Tuesday, they’ll have some success in the midfield.

The Foxes

When Mahrez scored before halftime it bucked a trend that has punished them off and on all season. The second half against West Ham was obvious proof that when Leicester concede before halftime, they can’t seem to get back going in the second half. Spurs had a chance turned Foxes counter and Mahrez curled it from the top of the box like we’d seen so many times before.

Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
Shinji Okazaki was instrumental in victory
Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

The re-introduction of Shinji Okazaki into the lineup was massive. The whole time the commentators were talking about how it was like watching the Leicester of old with their excellent pressing and fantastic passing on the floor. I like Shinji to get another start on Saturday and maybe even get another goal.

The History

Leicester only have one loss against Burnley in the Premier League, a 1-0 away from home earlier in January this year. Before that loss, you’d have to go back to August 2010 when the Clarets won 3-0 in the Championship.

The Prediction

Another steely 2-1 victory would be fantastic for morale. A 1-1 draw is probably more realistic, but six points in five days is the stuff dreams are made of.