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King Power Stadium

Wednesday 19th September 2012


Burnley face Leicester City in the King Power Stadium on Wednesday night hoping to pick up their first points on the road this season.

The Pre-amble:

The Clarets play the first of three away games now starting with a visit to Leicester City this Wednesday night in the King Power Stadium. The game was rearranged from the Tuesday night due to Leicester`s game against Wolves being arranged to Sunday last weekend because of television coverage rights..

Leicester lost that one 2-1 at Molineux whereas Burnley put their recent poor form to one side defeating Posh 5-2 at Turf Moor following three successive league defeats. The psychological advantage therefore could be with the Clarets. The teams are so far this season very evenly matched with both having had a moderate start each picking up six points from five games and both lying jointly in 15th spot on the same zero goal difference. There could be more pressure on Foxes gaffer, Nigel Pearson too with expectations high and Leicester being one of the fancied teams for automatic promotion this season. Burnley will need to be on their guard though with the Foxes already defeating one local 'B` clubs on home soil this season. Blackpool have had a good start to the season and are currently enjoying second spot in the Championship but Leicester beat them 1-0 earlier this month.

Leicester City Team News:

Leicester are waiting to find out the extent of the hamstring problem midfielder, Andy King sustained in Sunday's defeat at Wolves. He went off after half an hour at Molineux. Defender Cian Bolger currently on loan to Bristol Rovers is likely to be sidelined for three months with a cruciate ligament injury. Not that it would have mattered for this game but 20-year-old rejoined the Pirates on loan from Leicester last month for his third spell at the Memorial Stadium and signed until January.

Player to watch: Kasper Schmeichel

If Burnley hope to come away with any points on Wednesday night they will have to thwart the Foxes keeper and captain, Kasper Schmeichel. The 25 year old son of father, Peter signed for Leicester in June 2011 from Leeds United penning a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee. His prowess in goal last season earned him the club`s and players` player of the year award. Schmeichel played a total of 52 games overall, making 17 clean sheets and saving four penalties

Burnley Team News:

Danny Ings appears to be the only player sidelined with injury at the moment and even he could be back earlier than expected following a successful operation to fix his torn cartilage. David Edgar is presumably also back in the reckoning for a start after recovering from International duty with Canada and 'jetlagged` return across the Atlantic.

Player to watch: Charlie Austin

Austin is on fire after scoring a hat-trick (stuff the own goal theory) against Posh on Saturday. He must surely be the one that the Foxes will be the most wary of and it`s up to Charlie to put the fear of God into them!

Team & Tactics:

I can see this being virtually the same eighteen as the line-up against Posh at Turf Moor last Saturday. David Edgar though is likely to return after being rested and confined to the bench as an unused sub on Saturday following his tiring International duty with Canada across the pond! Michael Duff will probably return to the bench. One does wonder if Brian Stock will be given the chance to shine in the starting eleven sometime but with both McCann and Marney having good games against Posh he may well have to wait his turn with also Marvin Bartley seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order.

Wallace could also be at risk having not been too impressive on Saturday and Cameron Stewart breathing down his neck. I will stick with the following eighteen though in 4-4-2 formation :

Grant, Trippier, Shackell, Edgar, Mills, Wallace, McCann. Marney, Stanislas, Austin, Paterson

Jensen, Mee, Duff, Stock, Bartley, Stewart, Vokes

Ref Watch:

Northampton referee, Dean Whitestone gets this one! In 7 games so far this season, he has only sent off one player also showing 20 yellow cards. His last game involving the Clarets was last season against Crystal Palace at home back in March. That game finished 1-1 but one player for Palace (Zaha) was sent off and four other players (two from each side) saw yellow.

Match Prediction:

Leicester were many pundits and neutral fans favourites for automatic promotion this season. The truth so far has been somewhat dismissive of that idea. In fact the Foxes are no better than the Clarets and both are joint 15th equal in the league with the same zero goal difference after five games. On paper should be a tight game and one in which Burnley are perfectly capable of sneaking. A draw though is more realistic and I will go with 2-2.

Next Match:

Once more on the road just three days later! The second of three successive away games, this time we are at Pride Park hoping to de-horn the Rams on Saturday 22nd September (Kick-Off 3pm)

Date:Monday September 17 2012
Time: 9:39PM


Wont be going to this one! Will be well happy with a draw to be honest
17/09/2012 21:40:00
Going to this game and might drop in to the Brunswick if I get there in time. Seem to recall a knocking shop opposite the station - next to a chip shop which is how I noticed it on my last visit. Obviously.
17/09/2012 22:28:00
Hope you aint going to Brunswick for the Leicester game, it's in Derby!! lol
17/09/2012 23:00:00
Another powerful headline from VB's very own pun king, tmp. This will be my last game before I take an international break. Traditionally we lose when I am flying (Derby away) but then do well when I am out of the country (Millwall, Swindon, Sheff Wed, Palace). So, when I get back we'll have played 10. I am looking for us to have 14-16 points and still be in whatever the Carling is called nowadays.
Couch Potato
18/09/2012 10:45:00
In LT: EDDIE Howe will make a late check on striker Martin Paterson ahead of tomorrow night’s trip to Leicester.Paterson is fit again after a hamstring problem ruled him out for three games, but he is being carefully managed to try and avoid suffering a recurrence. (No more injury concerns though)
18/09/2012 13:01:00
These are the kind of games you have to be winning if you want to achieve anything. Im not saying this game in particular, but you have to be able to go to the big teams in the league and make it difficult for them. I do believe we have some good players here, but I genuinely struggle to see how we are going to win this one. Lets hope for something special, as thats what we'll need.
18/09/2012 16:46:00
As long as we win one from the next two it will be a good return. I fancy it at Derby more than tomorrow, especially after Derby won tonight (Championship logic for you). Owen Coyle could be under pressure after tonight.
18/09/2012 22:13:00
What's in a game? Win 3-0 and we're 7th. Lose 6-0 and we're 22nd. Draw and we're 12th.
Couch Potato
19/09/2012 07:38:00
We had a superb away record last season, if memory serves me correctly I think we were the 6th best away team. It is time to start to get that going again, lets get two away victories and start to push onwards and upwards......UTC
19/09/2012 08:33:00
Duff is ruled out Edgar replaces him, Stewart comes in for Wallace and Stock gets his first start for the Clarets!!! Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Mills, Edgar, Shackell, Stock, Marney, McCann, Paterson, Stanislas, Stewart. Subs: Mee, Bartley, Vokes, Hewitt, O'Neill, Wallace, Jensen. Leicester: Schmeichel, St Ledger, De Laet, Konchesky, Drinkwater, Morgan, Marshall, Vardy, James, Nugent, Knockaert. Subs: Whitbread, Danns, Dyer, Logan, Waghorn, Beckford, Futacs.
19/09/2012 19:15:00
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