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Burnley vs. Leicester City

Turf Moor

Saturday 29th December 2012


From Rams to Foxes...Another Win Please!

The Clarets play their second home game in three days following their win against Derby on Boxing Day. Next up, Leicester City this Saturday.

The Pre-amble:

Burnley have a great chance to get back on track for a play-offs spot if only they can despatch high-flying Leicester City at Turf Moor on Saturday. The Clarets will hopefully be buoyed up by their Boxing Day victory over Derby County at home on Wednesday afternoon; their first win in six games! The 2-0 win lifted Burnley to 13th spot just four points behind the sixth-placed club Watford although the Hornets do have a game in hand. If we can defeat the Foxes on Saturday, we could move to within a point of the play-offs and that would certainly raise spirits ahead of the New Year.

Nigel Pearson`s men though will be a tough test for the Clarets. They are currently in fifth spot on 38 points, five more than the Clarets and they will be looking to maintain their promotion push and hopefully get the double over the Clarets following our 2-1 defeat in the King Power Stadium last September. Leicester`s form of late though has been somewhat indifferent and they have only picked up three points from one of their last six games, drawing another two and losing three. They also have a similar set of statistics for their performance on the road with just one win and two draws in their last games away.

The Clarets have every chance of beating them so let`s hope the festive cheer continues this Saturday and we enter 2013 looking confident and strong with our promotion hopes intact.

Burnley Team News:

The big worry for Sean Dyche is that Charlie Austin may not be fit enough to play. The leading goal scorer was withdrawn during the second half of the Boxing Day win over Derby after complaining about a muscle problem and he appeared to hobble off the pitch. Sam Vokes is on stand-by to make a rare start. Junior Stanislas missed out on the Derby game with a tight hamstring but could be back in contention. Defender Ben Mee (medial knee ligament) will not return until the New Year and a fit again, Danny Lafferty looks set to retain the left back spot. Brian Stock was not thought to be fully fit for the Derby clash although did come on from the bench and could now be pushing for a starting eleven spot.

Player to watch: Danny Ings

All eyes will be on Danny to do the business especially if Austin is unfit to play! It will be interesting to see how he plays alongside Vokes should Austin be sidelined

Leicester City Team News:

Leicester hope to have 25 year old striker and winger, Jamie Vardy back in contention for the Clarets game. Vardy missed the goalless draw at Hull on Boxing Day after limping off with a heel injury early in the second half of the home defeat to Cardiff last Saturday

Former Preston defender, Sean St Ledger faces the prospect of a few more weeks on the sidelines as he battles to recover from a hamstring injury. The 27 year old Republic of Ireland international pulled the hamstring in the 2-0 win over Bristol City at the start of October. But the injury is taking longer to heal than originally thought.

Defender, Michael Keane is also still sidelined with a hamstring problem. There does not appear to be anymore injury concerns for Nigel Pearson but if there is any late team news we will inform you below this article.

Player to watch: David Nugent

Clarets fans certainly know what our former loan striker is capable of and let`s be honest he always seems to score against us! Somehow we have to keep him in check. He is already the Foxes leading goal scorer this season with 11 goals in all competitions. Nugent has recently been suffering from a neck problem too but he is still fit enough to start games although Leicester have now gone three games without scoring so let`s keep their run going!

Team & Tactics:

It is difficult to predict the line-up with doubts over Charlie Austin`s fitness although if he is sidelined, Sam Vokes would appear to be the obvious choice to replace him. I suspect Dyche will be unwilling to change a winning team so it could be the same line-up again unless Austin remains injured. I suggest that the eighteen will look something like this:

Grant, Trippier, Shackell, Duff, Lafferty, Wallace, Marney, McCann, Paterson, Ings, Austin (or Vokes if Austin not fit)

Subs: Jensen, Edgar, Mills, Bartley, Stanislas or Stock, Treacy, Vokes

Ref Watch:

South Yorkshire referee, Michael Naylor gets this one! So far this season, in his 17 games in charge, he has dished out 40 yellow cards and sent two players off. His last game involving the Clarets was last season back in March this year when we lost 3-2 away to Sean Dyche`s former club, Watford. Two yellow cards were shown that day

Match Prediction:

Time to take this League by storm and show them we can play with consistency and panache! 2-1 Burnley!!

Next Match:

It`s the first game of 2013 next Tuesday with a trip to Hillsborough on New Year`s Day to face struggling Sheffield Wednesday (Kick-Off: 3pm)

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday December 28 2012

Time: 12:03PM

Your Comments

Consecutive wins seem pretty rare these days but what a lift it would be if we succeed this time!! Come on you Clarets!
A win would set up 2013 very nicely - Lets hope we can get it! It wont be easy against a decent Leicester side though.
when does the Canadian Kid arrive in town ? could be good timing if we need a replacement for Austin
I think Dane will be available for the game with Sheff Weds, but he is more of a winger isnt he? If Charlie is unavailable - I would expect a start for Vokes. I also would not play Charlie with any hint of a doubt.
Yes, he is a winger not that we need another one! What's happened to Porter? Treacy back on scene too! Stewart will go back to Hull so that leaves Stanislas and Wallace as well. I make that FIVE wingers still on our books come January. Daz B was saying on Clarets Player that he didn't expect Dane Richards to feature this season and of course he is not a Dyche signing either so we shall have to see
Wouldnt expect him to feature this season - that would be strange surely?
Austin is passed fit, Treacy gets his chance and replaces Paterson who drops to the bench. Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Lafferty, Duff, Shackell, Marney, McCann, Ings, Wallace, Austin, Treacy. Subs: Edgar, O’Neill, Stock, Bartley, Paterson, Vokes, Jensen. Leicester City: Schmeichel, De Laet, Koncheseky, Drinkwater, Morgan, Marshall, Dyer, James, Moore, Knockaert, Nugent. Subs: King, Waghorn, Kean, Gallagher, Schlupp, Futacs, Logan.
Big chance for Treacy, let's hope he takes it. Looks like a good team we have out.
7 minutes in, Austin is struggling and is replaced with Paterson
Twitter suggesting it was an early kick not the hamstring problem from Boxing day - I hope thats right.
Leicester open the scoring, you can guess who Nugent :/ Burnley 0-1 Leicester
Half-time: Burnley 0-1 Leicester
Vokes on for Wallace
Stock on for Treacy
Full-time: Burnley 0-1 Leicester....just shows how much we rely on Austin
Shows how poor the finishing is of Pato and Ings - at the moment. Enough nailed on chances to have won the game, squandered.
Just got back to Cambs from Burnley! Wasted journey, we were shockingly bad I thought against a pretty average Leicester side and the Board need to rethink their strategy of not spending in the Jan window! The squad is NOT good enough, simple as! How the hell did we give the Foxes 61% of the possession? Match Report to follow! Not happy!
Don't agree with that 61% I was there and would have been OK with 50/50 or close but not 61%. Do we spend? Yes. Where - LHS back or midfield WITH SPEED.
Andy, have we not already done that. Dane Richards is apparently incredibly fast. Could he be a big player for us ?
Think Andy may be talking about central midfield here. Dane as far as I know is an out-and-out winger. It sounds like it might take sometime for him to get fully match fit too. One for the future I think
Despite not being happy, I am happy to off load players in January. Quite a big list of players who I wouldn't miss if they left. So please keep Grant, Trips, Duff( really), Shackell, Mee, Marney, Stan, Wallace, Austin and Vokes. Add to that the kids and Ings or tmp will have a Benny at me and the rest I would listen to offers for or release.

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