Can Leicester Find their Form from Last Season?
Last updated: September 15, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Venue:||King Power Stadium|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
Leicester’s season finally got the kick start it needed midweek with an emphatic 3-0 victory in their first ever Champions League game, against Club Brugge KV. Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and Co. all showed the sort of form that won them the league last season, which could be a sign of things to come for the foxes. Burnley did away with the disappointments of defeat at the hands of Chelsea with a draw last time out against Hull. The Clarets were just seconds from victory before a last gasp Robert Snodgrass free-kick rescued a point for the Tigers. The teams are currently lying in 15th and 16th positions.
The biggest difference in Leicester looked to be down to the influence brought in by new signing Islam Slimani. The Algerian worked tirelessly up front and linked well with striking partner and fellow countryman, Riyad Mahrez. Mahrez too looked back to his old self as he converted both a penalty and a free kick to regain some much needed confidence. It was a vision of the Leicester of last season, but the key question is, can it continue in the Premier League. Vardy showed the pace and drive that was vital to the team’s success last season, while the defence once again looked an impenetrable force. This could be exactly what Leicester needed to get into gear.
Burnley – despite being on the same points total as Leicester – will be more satisfied with their start to the season. Unlucky not to come away with all 3 points from their last encounter against Hull, Sean Dych’s men have a victory against Liverpool and the aforementioned draw currently to their name. The team were also unlucky to lose on the opening day of the season, eventually succumbing to a late goal from Leroy Fer against Swansea. All in all, it has been a decent start for the Premier League new boys who have looked solid on the whole. But there have been a couple of warning signs along the way. Burnley were ripped apart by a Chelsea side that clicked on the day; showing just how easy the Premier League’s best can switch it on and inflict heavy defeats. Burnley will be hoping that Leicester’s Premier League – rather than their Champions League – form continues. In which case, their fate will be in their own hands.
We could see the Tinkerman begin to tinker with his team again somewhat after largely sticking with the same formula last season. Slimani was impressive in the midweek Champions League match and could feature from the start alongside Vardy
Hernandez too was impressive in the Champions League fixture and if Danny Simpson does not recover in time, Hernandez is sure to start.
Burnley are likely to be unchanged. The team were unlucky not to come away from the last match with 3 points and manager Sean Dyche will want to see those same set of players have another shot at snatching a win.
Patrick Bamford came on for the last 10 minutes against Hull in last week’s encounter. He could see more game time over the coming weeks and if the game is deadlocked or Burnley need a goal later on, expect to see him feature.
|Leicester (4-4-2):||Schmeichel, Hernandez, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, Amartey, Drinkwater, Albrighton, Slimani, Vardy|
|Subs||Simpson, Okazaki, Musa, King, Zieler, Grey, Ulloa|
|Burnley (4-4-2):||Heaton, Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward, Boyd, Defour, Marney, Berg Gudmundsson, Gray, Vokes|
|Subs||Flanagan, Kightly, Hendrick, Bamford, Robinson, Tarkowski, Arfield|
So far this season
|Leicester City this season||Burnley this season|
|1 (0)||(at home) Wins (away)||1 (0)|
|2-1 vs. Swansea||Biggest win||2-0 vs. Liverpool|
|1 (0)||(at home) Draws (away)||1 (0)|
|1 – 4 vs. Liverpool||Biggest Defeat||0 – 3 vs. Chelsea|
|Jamie Vardy (2)||Top scorer||Andre Gray (1)|
|Danny Drinkwater (1)||Assist Leader||Andre Gray (2)|
|Y7, R0||Discipline||Y7, R0|
|1||Failures to score||2|
|3||Both Teams to Score Games||1|
|3||Over 2.5 Games||1|
|1||Under 2.5 Games||3|
- Leicester’s poor start to the season took a turn for the worse last week after a 4-1 hammering at the hands of Liverpool. But, the Foxes will be up for this one which they will see as a very winnable fixture. Jamie Vardy’s goals could be vital.
- Despite narrowly missing out on a second victory of the season, Burnley will be pretty satisfied with their start to the season. Striker Andre Gray -was prolific last season in the Championship, but with 1 goal so far, he’s hardly set the Premier League on fire.
- Leicester were excellent defensively last season, but that form hasn’t carried over into this. A clean sheet against Arsenal is the only one so far. With Burnley failing to find the net in 50% of their matches so far, could this be the fixture for them to demonstrate a little more solidity?
- Despite a fantastic win against Liverpool on their way to registering a clean sheet, the Burnley defence was found out during a 3-0 thumping by Chelsea. Vardy’s speed and Mahrez’s creativity will put the defence through its paces and make it difficult to earn their second clean sheet.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|25.04.2015||The Premier League||Burnley 0 – 1 Leicester||Vardy 60′|
|04.10.2014||The Premier League||Leicester 2 – 2 Burnley||Schlupp 33′|
|29.03.2014||Championship||Burnley 0 – 2 Leicester||Nugent 35′|
|14.12.2013||Championship||Leicester 1 – 1 Burnley||Nugent 14′|
|29.12.2012||Championship||Burnley 0 – 1 Leicester||Nugent 31′|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
Leicester are clear favourites at the bookies but a win is anything but a certainty here. Although their great win in the Champions League will inspire confidence, Burnley will defend resolutely and it looks set to be a tight affair, with both teams currently a little toothless going forward. The outcome largely depends on which Leicester turns up, but under 2.5 goals looks a good option here. You can get a great price on this and other bets at BetVictor.