Leicester City’s Premier League campaign will begin to display a pleasing symmetry should they be able to continue their winning streak against Burnley.
The Foxes are 9/5 to rubber stamp their recent resurgence with a fourth successive victory, while their hosts are an uneasy 31/20 and the draw is a 23/10 shot.
Back in October 2014, it was Leicester’s failure to see out victory against an injury-ravaged Clarets at the King Power Stadium that precipitated a long and miserable winless streak, seemingly condemning them to relegation.
So nailed on a triumph had the fixture been considered, that the 3/4 about a win for Nigel Pearson’s men was selected for the news.bwin.com ‘Buying Money’ treatment.
Yet the Foxes huffed and puffed towards victory, fatally taking their eyes off the ball to concede a 90th-minute equaliser to Burnley’s Michael Kightly.
That lapse in concentration was to last far longer than necessary for the former Wolves and Stoke winger to steal a share of the points that afternoon.
Prior to the fixture, the Championship title holders had claimed two wins and as many stalemates from a teak tough opening six league games against Everton, Chelsea, Arsenal, Stoke, Manchester United and Crystal Palace.
Sages such as BBC Sport’s Danny Mills were keen to suggest that they clearly possessed enough to avoid relegation
Kightly’s 90th-minute strike was the bubble burster and Leicester went on to lose ten of their next 11 top-flight games, drawing the outlier 0-0 with Sunderland.
In fact they won just two further league fixtures in the 22 outings between their last meeting with Sean Dyche’s side and the beginning of the three-match streak that may yet save their season.
As such it seems oddly fitting that the Clarets are once more the opposition, with levels of optimism in the King Power camp finally returning to autumnal levels.
Despite remaining in the relegation zone on goal difference the Foxes are now 2/1 fifth favourites for the drop.
With further six-pointers to come against Sunderland and QPR Leicester’s fate is once more in their own hands and they’re in just the mood to finish the season in the manner they started it.