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Burnley vs Leicester City preview, predictions & possible XIs

By Ben Green

Published: 13:20, 17 January 2020 | Updated: 11:53, 20 January 2020

High-flying Leicester City tussle with Burnley in a Sunday afternoon Premier League encounter at Turf Moor.

The Foxes slipped to third after an unexpected defeat to Southampton last time out, but Brendan Rodgers will surely be rallying his troops to put that result behind them and resume their superb season with maximum reward in Lancashire.

The landscape is entirely different for Sean Dyche and his side, with just three points separating the Clarets from the league’s nether reaches. They have lost their previous four games in the top-flight and will be desperate to buck that trend on Sunday.

Read on for Burnley vs Leicester City preview, predictions, TV coverage information, team news and more.

When is Burnley vs Leicester City and where can I watch live?

Competition: Premier League

Venue: Turf Moor

Date: Sunday, 19 January 2020

Kick-off: 2:00 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League

Last five meetings: Burnley vs Leicester City

19 October 2019Leicester 2-1 Burnley (Premier League)

16 March 2019Burnley 1-2 Leicester (Premier League)

10 November 2018Leicester 0-0 Burnley (Premier League)

14 April 2018Burnley 2-1 Leicester (Premier League)

02 December 2017Leicester 1-0 Burnley (Premier League)

Aggregate Score: Burnley (LLDWL) 4-6 Leicester (WWDLW)

Ones to watch

Burnley: Jay Rodriguez 

Jay Rodriguez was absent for last weekend’s defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge but he is in line to start this weekend. The 30-year-old has only bagged three goals in the league this campaign but with Dyche facing a potential injury conundrum in the centre-forward department this weekend – more on that below – he will need Rodriguez to step up and leave a lasting impression.

Key stat: In his seven matches against Leicester across his career, Jay Rodriguez has only been on the winning end once.

Leicester: Jamie Vardy

After going eight consecutive games with finding the back of the net, Vardy is now on a barren run by his standards, having not scored in three games on the trot. The former England international will be looking to pick back up this weekend as he chases the Golden Boot.

Key stat: Jamie Vardy is currently the leading goalscoring in the Premier League this season (17).

Team news


Ashley Barnes has missed the previous two games and looks set for a prolonged spell on the sidelines after the club confirmed he will need surgery on a hernia problem. In more positive news Jay Rodriguez looks to have overcome an illness which kept him out of the Chelsea defeat and will likely lead the line.

Chris Wood is being assessed after he sustained a broken nose but should be fit to potentially partner Rodriguez up top, while Robbie Brady is touch and go to make the matchday squad after picking up a calf injury. 

Predicted XI: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Lennon, Cork, Hendrick, McNeil; Wood, Rodriguez.

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The only major injury issue for Rodgers is that to Wilfred Ndidi, who is expected to be sidelined for several weeks. Wes Morgan and Matthew James face late fitness tests, while Daniel Amartey has been ruled out.

Predicted XI: Schmeichel; Pereira, Soyuncu, Evans, Chilwell; Choudhury, Maddison, Tielemans, Perez, Gray; Vardy.

Squawka prediction

The Foxes came up short against Southampton last time out, but Rodgers will be eager to rectify that defeat and get back to winning ways.

Turf Moor can be a difficult ground to play at if Burnley are on their game, but Leicester should have more than enough quality to put the negative result against Southampton behind them and continue their march in the Premier League’s upper reaches.

Scoreline prediction: Burnley 0-2 Leicester City

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