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Burnley vs. Leicester City

Turf Moor

Tuesday 1st November 2011


Burnley Looking to Outfox the Foxes

The Clarets play their second consecutive home game on Tuesday night with Leicester City the visitors to Turf Moor. Burnley will be hoping for another three points after beating Blackpool at home last Saturday in the high-profile Lancashire derby.

The Pre-amble:

Burnley will be hoping to maintain their winning ways in the Championship on Tuesday night and secure victory for the third league game in succession. The Clarets confidence will be high after winning convincingly against their Lancashire rivals, Blackpool at home last Saturday in front of the live Sky Sports cameras. The 3-1 win lifted everybody`s spirits and if we could now beat Leicester City at home on Tuesday night we will be well-placed to mount a promotion challenge.

The Clarets are currently in 15th spot, just six points behind the 6th placed club Hull City having played the same number of games as the Tigers. We do though have a game advantage over most of the other clubs in the Championship so a win against the Foxes would certainly keep us in the hunt.

We certainly have to be careful though and anything other than victory on Tuesday night could be ominous for the Clarets bearing in mind we are also just six points off the drop zone!

Burnley simply have to find some consistency and string a few wins together to set us apart from about another 14 clubs all in with a chance of reaching the play-offs. Consistency has eluded the team so far this season and we seem to be either playing wonderful stuff or atrocious football with no shades of grey in between! Somehow we have to change this inconsistency and hope our young team in transition can move further up the table and away from the relegation places.

Leicester will be a tough challenge on Tuesday night but their season has not exactly panned out the way the pundits were predicting. There were firm favourites for automatic promotion at the start of the season having spent heavily in the summer thanks to the purchasing power of their new Thai- owners; a consortium named Asian Football Investments (AFI) who have strong links to duty free retailers the King Power Group.

Everything was looking rosy for the Foxes at the start of the season with Sven-Göran Eriksson at the helm. Most Championship clubs could only look on in awe as Sven brought in player after player in the summer having been given a cool £10 million to spend. There is perhaps a lesson to learn here with Leicester in the end only able to win five of their opening 13 games and Sven sent packing following a shocking 3-0 home defeat to struggling Millwall a week ago. There is perhaps a situation where you can be given too much money to spend whilst expecting virtually a new team to gel together from the off. Leicester 's team has clearly not gelled yet, but maybe you could argue they too are in 'transition` and with their depth in the squad could gel in time to still mount a strong promotion challenge. Sven certainly seems to think so still tipping them for promotion despite his departure and apparent failure.

However that all remains to be seen, at the moment they are in 14th spot just one point and one place above the Clarets having also played a game more! A victory would see Burnley climb above Leicester City come the final whistle on Tuesday night. The Foxes current form is certainly suspect too! Leicester have lost three of their last six games having won two and drawn one. On the road they have not won in their last six games although have picked up four points from four draws. In fact they have only had one victory away all season and that was their season opener against Coventry City at the Ricoh.

Leicester have lost their last two games including the 3-2 away defeat to West Ham last Saturday so they will be anxious not to lose their third consecutive game on Tuesday night. There has yet to be an announcement who their new manager will be following the departure of Sven. It looks unlikely to be resolved by the time we play them on Tuesday night so it looks like the caretakers, Mike Stowell and Jon Rudkin will still be in charge. Bring it on!!

Burnley Team News:

News is awaited regarding the hip injury to Brian Easton. Easton had to come off with the game only 8 minutes old against Blackpool at Turf Moor on Saturday. Ben Mee did a good job deputising at left back and could play in that role again on Tuesday night against his former club.

It is still too soon though for Martin Paterson (thigh) and Michael Duff (knee). Danny Ings (cartilage) and Brian Jensen (groin) are also still sidelined. Duff though is the closest to making a full recovery having returned to full training.

Player to watch: Ben Mee

It`s rather unusual on Vital Burnley to name the same player as the one to watch in two consecutive games but that is the case this time with Ben Mee. Ben Mee should be up for this game against a club he played for on loan last season. It was Sven-Göran Eriksson who brought Mee to the King Power (formerly Walkers) Stadium on News Year`s Day this year for the rest of the 2010-11 season. Mee played 12 games for the Foxes including the one in which they tonked us 4-0 on their home soil back in April.

The big question of course is where Mee would play in the back four if named in the starting eleven. With our left back, Brian Easton injured on Saturday, Mee may well have to continue in that position after deputising there convincingly last Saturday. We have no other option should Easton still be injured.

If not and Easton returns, we can expect Mee to start in his more familiar role in the centre of defence probably in partnership with David Edgar

Leicester City Team News:

Leicester appear to have virtually a full squad to choose from and it`s certainly a large one. There are no suspensions or news of any further injuries following their 3-2 defeat away to West Ham on Saturday.

Foxes striker, Paul Gallagher could be close to making a return after damaging his ankle ligaments about six weeks ago in Leicester`s 1-1 draw against Barnsley at Oakwell last month. He has already played for the Reserves recently and could soon be back in contention.

Player to watch: David Nugent

Nugent of course is no stranger to Clarets fans. The former Preston striker came to Turf Moor on loan from Portsmouth in September 2009 and played 30 games for the Clarets during our one and only season in the top flight. He finished up scoring six goals during that season and became a popular favourite amongst Clarets fans. It had been hoped that Burnley might have found a way of making his move to Turf Moor permanent but in the end with money tight as usual, those hopes evaporated and he returned to Portsmouth. Steve Cotterill, our former gaffer was now in charge at Fratton Park and he gave Nugent the chance to shine. He relished the challenge and finished up Pompey`s top goal scorer by the end of the 2010-11 season after netting 14 goals.

Ironically Nugent`s first goal for Pompey after his return to the club was against Leicester City in September 2010. Pompey trounced Leicester 6-1 that day but about twelve months later Nugent would be joining the Foxes at the newly renamed King Power Stadium when his contract at Fratton Park expired this summer. The 26 year old was one of Sven-Göran Eriksson`s numerous signings in the summer arriving at the club in July 2011 after agreeing a three-year deal. He is already the Foxes leading goal-scorer in the Championship with four goals so far this season.

Team & Tactics:

Why change a winning formula? That is likely to be the main question running through Eddie Howe`s brain cells when considering his selection for Tuesday night. After the impressive performance against Blackpool at home on Saturday, I suspect we can expect a similar line-up, tactics and formation against the Foxes.

In the light of no news of any further injury concerns, the only doubt remains at left back. Will Brian Easton have recovered from his hip injury in time to feature? To be honest, I think Easton should be rested anyway. His performances have not been that impressive of late and the opposition have targeted that flank as an area of weakness.

Although we don`t have a recognised alternative at left back, Ben Mee slotted in admirably in that position on Saturday and he is not a stranger to that role having played there before for other clubs. I would therefore keep Mee at left back allowing both Edgar and Amougou to feature in the centre of the back four.

My preferred line-up therefore would be as follows:

Grant, Trippier, Amougou, Edgar, Mee, Wallace, McCann, Bartley, Stanislas, Rodriguez, Austin

Subs: Stewart, Easton (if fit), Marney, Treacy, Hines

Ref Watch:

Sunderland referee, Geoff Eltringham is in charge of this clash and hopefully it will be a good omen considering that the last time he refereed a game involving the Clarets it was in this same fixture last season! In that game at Turf Moor last season back in August 2010 we beat the Foxes 3-0. I would certainly take that score and the clean sheet again. Just two yellow cards were handed out in the game last season. Eltringham has been the man in the middle for 12 games so far this season and he doesn`t appear to be that card happy. His yellow card tally comes to 27 (just over 2/game) and he has only sent a player off twice.

Match Prediction:

Putting aside the defeat in the Carling Cup away to Cardiff last Tuesday night, in the league we have now won two matches on the bounce away to Coventry and at home to Blackpool. Indeed we have won four of the last six games in the Championship. Our confidence looks good at the moment and that could soar if we pick up another three points at home against Leicester. Leicester are no great shakes at the moment despite all the investment put into rebuilding virtually a new team this season. We are good enough to beat them if we play like we have been recently in the league and I am predicting a tight game with the Clarets shading it 2-1.

Next Match:

We travel to Ashton Gate on Saturday 5th November to play bottom club, Bristol City (Kick-Off:3pm)

The Journalist

Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 31 2011

Time: 10:47AM

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Come on lads! Another 3 points please, let's rock & roll!!
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31/10/2011 10:48:00
Agree with you phil, if Easton is fit i would still start with Mee at leftback just seemed more balanced back four against with him at LB. Come on lads lets see if we can put another performance in like we did against the Pool.
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31/10/2011 15:29:00
Some more Foxes team news-Captain Matt Mills comes back into the reckoning when Leicester travel to Burnley. Mills has served a three-match suspension following his straight red card in the 2-0 defeat at Midlands rivals Birmingham. The club-record signing is likely to go straight back into the starting line-up and resume his central defensive partnership with Sol Bamba, meaning Sean St. Ledger will lose his place in the team. Leicester are still assessing Darius Vassell and Lloyd Dyer. Dyer replaced Vassell at half-time during the defeat to West Ham on Saturday but then had to be withdrawn himself midway through the second half at Upton Park. Both players are nursing knocks and are doubts. Academy director Jon Rudkin and coach Mike Stowell will remain in charge for the trip to Turf Moor. Leicester hope to appoint a successor to Sven-Goran Eriksson, who left the club a week ago, before the home game against Leeds on Sunday.
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31/10/2011 15:50:00
Update on Easton-Assistant manager Jason Tindall refused to rule Easton out altogether. "Brian Easton came off quite early on Saturday but he's progressing well," he said. "He will be assessed again by the physios and hopefully they can give us some good news that he'll be available for selection."
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31/10/2011 16:01:00
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01/11/2011 09:14:00
Latest Foxes Team News:Darius Vassell and Lloyd Dyer are major injury doubts for Leicester City's trip to face Burnley tonight. The attacking duo have undergone scans on a leg injury and groin injury respectively after limping off during City's 3-2 defeat at West Ham United on Saturday. Coach Mike Stowell, who is in temporary charge for tonight's game at Turf Moor with academy manager Jon Rudkin, said it was unlikely the duo would be ready to face the Clarets. But City will be boosted by the return of captain Matt Mills after his three-game suspension, and Paul Gallagher could also start.
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01/11/2011 10:00:00
We have to play Mee as left back, Easton is a good hard worker 100% effort but is at his limit @ this level
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01/11/2011 10:04:00
Duff is back and makes the bench, Easton is ruled out through a hip-injury. Team line-ups: Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Mee, Edgar, Amougou, Bartley, McCann, Wallace, Rodriguez, Austin, Stanislas. Subs: Treacy, Marney, Hines, Duff, Stewart. Leicester City: Schmeichel, Peltier, Konchesky, Mills, Bamba, Gallagher, Howard, King, Wellens, Danns, Nugent. Subs: St Ledger, Johnson, Beckford, Schlupp, Weale.
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01/11/2011 19:18:00
Apparently it's two years since we have been beat on a Tuesday night or was that just at home? Radio Lancs.
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01/11/2011 19:35:00
Konchesky takes the lead for Leicester...been all over us so far...we have to get into the game. Burnley 0-1 Leicester.
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01/11/2011 20:08:00
Ross Wallace get one back for Burnley...get in ....Burnley 1-1 Leicester...back in the game.
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01/11/2011 20:10:00
Charlie Austin hits the post!!!! unlucky.
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01/11/2011 20:24:00
Half-time: Burnley 1-1 Leicester, Leicester with the bright start but back came Burnley with a good few chances.
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01/11/2011 20:34:00
Leicester with the better start again...keep switched on the Clarets...
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01/11/2011 20:58:00
Nugent scores...Burnley 1-2 Leicester...a repeat of the first-half.
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01/11/2011 21:00:00
Gawd Damn,,,,Leicester get a penalty Bikey/Amougo at fault....and they score. Burnley 1-3 Leicester.
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01/11/2011 21:08:00
Treacy comes on for Stanislas.
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01/11/2011 21:13:00
Austin with a good chance...it goes wide. Hines on for Wallace.
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01/11/2011 21:23:00
Full-time: Burnley 1-3 Leicester... ups and downs this season guys...not a kind ref from reports coming in.
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01/11/2011 21:43:00
Sounds like the Ref had a poor game, but hey he wasn't alone We were a big disappointment again.
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01/11/2011 22:14:00
Bags of possession in the first half by all accounts, but it would seem individual mistakes at the back cost us again. Not the first time we have run out steam in the second half. I don't know about anyone else, but I'm still far more positive than I was a month ago despite this result.
marjory blenkinsop
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02/11/2011 09:19:00
Yes I agree Marg. This want a bad performance against a team with many quality players. Austin hitting post and Amoukey cleared off line changed the game. Plus dubious penalty and 2 of our own penalty shouts turned down. Just need to get a win at Bristol to go into International break on a positive again
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02/11/2011 12:28:00
Lets not blame the ref to hide our own shortcomings. It was a very disappointing second half with Wallace and Jay Rod played out of position. Chris Mc is out of form and we just seemed lightweight in midfield and Austin lacks the pace needed at this level. It confirmed all my concerns about having an inexperienced team and Manager. Something is (still) not right behind the scenes.
Eyresy's Left Peg
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02/11/2011 12:40:00

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