For quite some time it has looked like Burnley were facing a losing battle to stay in the Premier League, cut adrift at the bottom. But the Clarets were hit more than most by postponements in the Premier League and, after a good run of form, are on the brink of moving out of the bottom three. Sean Dyche’s side have won seven points from a possible nine in their past three matches, beating Brighton and Tottenham before being held to a goalless draw by Crystal Palace.
As a result, the Clarets are now just one point behind 17th-placed Everton and will leapfrog the Toffees with a draw against Leicester owing to their better goal difference. But it won’t be Everton in Burnley’s targets. Instead, the Clarets will be looking to overtake the likes of Leeds and Brentford, both of whom have played more games than Burnley who still have another two matches to make up after the visit of Leicester. And as things stand it feels like they will stay up, rewarded for sticking with Dyche.
Leicester, meanwhile, will be looking to stop the rot and put some distance between themselves and the relegation zone. Brendan Rodgers’ side are unlikely to be relegated this season, seven points clear of 18th-placed Burnley with as many as four games in hand on the teams around them, but they won’t want to take any chances due to their current form. Since beating Liverpool in their final game of 2021, Leicester have gone on a five-match winless run in the league, losing three and drawing two.
They were beaten by Tottenham, Liverpool and Wolves and managed draws against Brighton and West Ham, form that just isn’t good enough for a side that won the FA Cup last season and were frequently challenging for Champions League football. There was also a humiliating FA Cup defeat amidst that run too, as Leicester were beaten 4-1 by Championship side Nottingham Forest, piling the pressure on Rodgers.
Burnley vs Leicester: Match Stats
Despite being in the bottom three, Burnley haven’t been too bad in losing, with no team in the lower half of the Premier League table having fewer defats than their nine this season. Burnley’s biggest problem has been draws, with 12 in total, a joint-league high. Meanwhile, both teams have scored in 10 of Leicester’s 11 Premier League away games this season.
While James Tarkowski is by no means the dirtiest player in the Premier League, he does have a tendency to pick up a card or two. The English centre-back has received seven yellow cards in 22 Premier League so far this season.
25 September 2021- Leicester 2-2 Burnley- Premier League
3 March 2021 – Burnley 1-1 Leicester – Premier League
20 September 2020- Leicester 4-2 Burnley- Premier League
19 January 2020 – Burnley 2-1 Leicester – Premier League
19 October 2019 – Leicester 2-1 Burnley – Premier League
The past two games between Burnley and Leicester have finished even, with Burnley twice giving up the lead in the previous league meeting this season. However, it is Leicester that have enjoyed this fixture more in recent times with three wins from the past six meetings including a 2-1 win at Turf Moor in March 2019.