Burnley are the Premier LeagueÂ’s in form team at present with
four successive wins on the bounce to their credit
The Clarets are currently six points in front of Claude PuelÂ’s Foxes with just six games remaining
A win for the hosts will almost certainly end any ambitions
the team from the Midlands entertain for participation in the Europa League
This game already has the feeling of a proper old-fashioned cup tie about it and will be witnessed by another sold out, packed house in East Lancashire.
The Clarets will be looking to avenge a narrow 1-0 defeat to Leicester in early December, a game which also brought BurnleyÂ’s talismanic Robbie BradyÂ’s season to a close, following an innocuous clash with the Foxes rugged centre back Harry Maguire.
Burnley will certainly be without the impressive Ben Mee, who
may be ruled out until next season, after succumbing to a troubling long-term
Johann Berg Gudmundsson is off the ClaretÂ’s treatment table and may be fit to return in the place of Tottenham loanee GK Nkoudou.
Burnley will need to pay special attention to the FoxesÂ’ pacey centre forward Jamie Vardy, a player who has captured the full attention of England supremo Gareth Southgate, as Vardy looks to ensure a seat on the Â‘plane with the England World Cup team heading to Moscow.
Facing him will be England new boy James Tarkowski and the
very impressive Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope
The Burnley duo will also be looking to impress Southgate in last gasp efforts to be joining Vardy on his Â‘plane ride to Russia
EireÂ’s Kevin Long will continue to deputise for the injured Mee in the heart of the Clarets defence.
The game has all the ingredients to be a real test of both teamsÂ’
aspirations to play in Europe next season
Realistically, it will be either one of these two teams, but no doubt Bournemouth, Everton and Watford will retain slim hopes of pipping SaturdayÂ’s Turf Moor combatants at the post
I expect Sean Dyche to go on the offensive from the start and the likely 4-4-2 line-up will be: Pope, Lowton, Long, Tarkowski, Ward, Gudmundsson, Westwood, Cork, Lennon, Barnes and Wood.
Chris Wood will be lining up against another one of his old teams and his current form playing in tandem with the hugely impressive Ashley Barnes, suggests there may well be a nine points gap between the Clarets and Foxes come five to five on Saturday afternoon (TEC).
Source : DSG