Burnley will endeavour to rise above the dreaded dotted line when Leicester City pay a visit to Turf Moor on Tuesday evening in the Premier League.
Sean Dyche’s side managed to rescue a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace on Saturday, while the Foxes’ most recent contest saw them gain a healthy Europa Conference League win over Randers.
At one point seemingly down and out, Burnley may just be about to pull off another great escape and extend their Premier League stint for at least one more season, with Dyche no stranger to coming up trumps in relegation dogfights.
The Clarets were on the back foot against Palace at Selhurst Park as Jeffrey Schlupp tapped home following some tricky play out wide from talent Michael Olise, but Luka Milivojevic’s own goal allowed Burnley to take a point back home to Lancashire.
Having now taken seven points from the last nine on offer amid their recent resurgence, Burnley are now within touching distance of safety, still below the dotted line in 18th, but victory in midweek would take them above Everton, Leeds United and Brentford.
A tally of just three goals conceded from their last seven Premier League outings is reminiscent of the Burnley of old – not all that surprising with Ben Mee and James Tarkowski’s partnership now telepathic – and incredibly, only Manchester City and Liverpool have shipped fewer at home this term.
Furthermore, the Clarets have only lost once at home in the Premier League since the start of October – although five of those eight encounters have ended with the spoils shared – and Leicester certainly have a point to prove in midweek.
It would take a major turnaround in fortunes for Leicester to suddenly surge back into European contention in the Premier League, but Brendan Rodgers’s faltering side at least moved one step to Conference League glory by easing past Randers.
After cruising to a 4-1 first-leg victory in the playoff stage, Harvey Barnes took all of two minutes to open the scoring on Randers’ turf before James Maddison’s brace put the tie to bed, with Stephen Odey netting an inconsequential late goal for the Danish outfit.
A far from simple tie with French powerhouses Rennes now awaits the Foxes – who have played the fewest amount of Premier League games this season by far with 23 – and that wave of postponements has certainly contributed to their 13th-placed ranking in the table.
Three points here could take Leicester as high as 11th depending on their margin of victory, but Rodgers has now overseen a five-game winless run in the top flight – which has supposedly led Manchester United to think again in their manager search – and the under-performing Foxes have also strung together an abysmal four-game losing streak on the road, conceding 12 goals in that stretch.
Burnley may have only won one of their last seven meetings with the 2015-16 top-flight champions, but the two most recent meetings between the Clarets and Leicester have finished level, including a pulsating 2-2 draw at the King Power back in September.
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We say: Burnley 1-1 Leicester City
Burnley seldom concede many goals in front of their own supporters, and a Leicester side low on morale domestically and enduring a woeful period on their travels should be in for a rough ride here.
The Foxes’ extended period of rest should work in their favour, so we do not expect Rodgers to oversee a fifth Premier League away defeat on the bounce, but a resurgent and disciplined Burnley are more than capable of hanging on for a point.