Burnley 17th (8-6-16) vs Leicester City 10th (11-5-14)
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With eight games to go, both teams still have a lot to play for. Leicester can still mathematically finish seventh. Burnley are very close to the relegation zone and need all the points they can muster to survive. These two played to a draw at the KP earlier this season, but I think there will be some fireworks in this match.
Burnley have recovered from their poor form from earlier this season to climb out from the depths of the table, but have slipped up as of late to find themselves once again clinging on to life in the Premier League. After their fantastic victory that ended Tottenham’s title hopes, they’ve lost three straight and are two points from the drop. They’ve also only scored three goals in that span and allowed nine. Clean sheets were a stable of their season last year, but this season, they’ve regularly allowed two or more goals a game.
After the dramatic loss to Watford, we assumed we’d recover with a win against Fulham, but there was a period where it looked like another home defeat was on the cards. James Maddison stepped up with a super pass to Jamie Vardy and his cool finish lead to goal 100, or 99 according to the club historian. While the debate can rage on elsewhere, he managed to score a vital third goal for the club to secure the points at home for the second time in a row.
I think a 2-2 draw would be a fair result. I’m worried Brendan Rodgers will tinker with the lineup again, which is well within his right to do, but I would like another attacking lineup like last week.