Leicester had the smirk well and truly wiped from their collective jowls by Crystal Palace last weekend, but they will get back to winning ways promptly against Burnley thanks to their guests’ mounting injury woes.
The Foxes have been priced up at an extremely generous 3/4 for a return to the ways of the win, with their desperately depleted opponents 5/2 to eke out a point and a ‘wouldn’t touch it with yours pal’ 15/4 to return northwards with all three points.
Much has been made of the fact that Burnley boss Sean Dyche has had to mount his assault on the top tier without strikers Sam Vokes and Danny Ings, who scored 41 goals between them in the Championship last season.
Yet things have gone from bad to worse in the Turf Moor accident and emergency department of late, with an ambulance-load of central-midfielders awaiting the nurse.
First-choice duo Dean Marney and David Jones both remain out of the picture, having missed the visit to West Brom, but that’s by no means it, as potential replacements Nathaniel Chalobah and Matt Taylor are also out of action.
At the Hawthorns, Scott Arfield, George Boyd and the veteran Steven Reid were pressed into a makeshift central trio that proved an inadequate platform, keeping a mere 37 per cent of possession and allowing the opposition opportunity to unleash some 20 efforts on goal as they were smashed 4-0.
Leicester will be fiercely motivated for the Clarets’ arrival too, after Palace offered them a timely reminder that stepping on the heads of their fellow top-flight freshmen, not sundry glamour points against the division’s aristocracy, are the meat and drink of the survivalist’s repast.
Nonetheless, having taken five points from three games against Everton, Arsenal and Manchester United at the King Power, Nigel Pearson’s side have already proved themselves formidable at home.
While dismantling what is likely to prove a stubborn Burnley resistance is a different challenge to those counter-attack inspired successes, their superior midfield resources (Esteban Cambiasso is fit to play) and potent strikeforce should see them over the line.
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