Leicester City v Burnley

16 Sep

Islam Slimani

Leicester’s record signing Islam Slimani scored 31 goals for Lisbon-based Sporting Club last season


Leicester are hopeful that Danny Simpson will be fit to face Burnley despite suffering a hamstring strain against Liverpool last weekend.

Jeff Schlupp and Nampalys Mendy could return from injury, while Islam Slimani may start after making his debut in the midweek Champions League win in Bruges.

Burnley’s only absentee is Ashley Barnes, who has yet to appear this season because of a hamstring problem.

Club record signing Jeff Hendrick could be given a full debut in midfield.


Martin Fisher: Brilliant in Bruges on their Champions League debut, it’s now time for Leicester City to inject some much-needed momentum into their domestic campaign.

“Four points from four games represents a disappointing return for a club desperate to prove that last year’s title success was no flash in the pan.

“In sharp contrast, Burnley’s similar tally of four points represents an encouraging start to life back in the big time. You can rest assured that after a hard week mastering Sean Dyche’s defensive drills on the training ground they will present a far more formidable obstacle than Club Brugge on Wednesday.

“Finding a way through for Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and co is something they are having to get used to.”

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Burnley manager Sean Dyche: “I was certainly one lauding Leicester last season for the right reasons and will continue to do so.

“What the manager has done is terrific but what the club has done there is terrific, in my opinion. I’ve looked at it from the outside-in for a number of years and I think the owners have done fantastic there.

“I know some of the work they’ve done off the pitch, in the training ground etc, etc and they seem to have been building things for a long time. I think they’ve done it really, really well.”


The Foxes were well beaten by Liverpool last week but I think they were just unhinged by the Reds’ pace, and Burnley do not carry the same threat.

Prediction: 2-0

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Leicester have not lost a Premier League home game to a promoted side since a 5-0 defeat by Bolton in August 2001<!–



  • Leicester are unbeaten in the last nine league meetings (W6, D3). However, Burnley have earned a draw on three of their four most recent visits to Leicester, including in their only previous Premier League season together, in 2014-15, when Ross Wallace scored a 96th-minute equaliser.

Leicester City

  • The Foxes are unbeaten in 17 Premier League home games since losing 5-2 to Arsenal a year ago (W11, D6).
  • If Leicester lose they will equal the lowest points tally by a reigning Premier League champion after five matches. Blackburn in 1995 and Chelsea in 2015 both had four points.
  • The 4-1 defeat by Liverpool last weekend is the only other occasion in 46 league matches when Leicester have conceded more than twice.
  • Jamie Vardy has scored seven goals in his last eight league games.


  • Burnley have only managed seven goal attempts on target this season, the joint-lowest amount in the division along with Stoke.
  • They had the best away record in the Championship last season with 11 wins and 42 points from 23 matches.
  • However, the Clarets have only managed four wins and 18 points from their 39 away fixtures in the Premier League (W4, D6, L29).
  • Three of the five goals Burnley have conceded this season have come in the last 10 minutes of games.

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