Published: Mon, April 16, 2018

Europe beckons for Burnley after overseeing Leicester

Europe beckons for Burnley after overseeing Leicester

Burnley's injury list is longer but a little more varied, featuring the likes of Ben Mee, Robbie Brady, Jonathan Walers and Steven Defour.

Burnley had been reluctant to talk about the possibility of European football but after last weekend's results, when they beat Watford and Leicester lost to Newcastle, the veneer slipped.

Turf Moor isn't an easy ground to churn out wins and this makes Claude Puel's men slight underdogs for the tie at odds of (2.85). Fellow midfielder Vicente Iborra is also ruled out after limping off against Newcastle. There are no issues with Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez though and they are the key to Leicester's success.

The latter is what appeals to me on this occasion as it's a result that would certainly suit Burnley. The Magpies have clawed their way back following a disastrous start to the season (just four wins from their first 18 games, including a run of one point from nine games from October to December) and are all but mathematically safe from relegation after knocking off fellow relegation battlers Southampton and Huddersfield Town, as well as eighth-place Leicester City. He has netted in each of his last three games, taking his tally for the season up to 19, in all competitions.

"I think it will be, I don't say a miracle, but they (Burnley) are in a good position of course now", he said.

Their overall record away from home this term is five wins, five draws and six losses and Burnley's record at home is six wins, four draws and five defeats.

Burnley have won win five consecutive matches in the top-flight for the first time since November 1968 (six in a row). It's also worth noting that three of their last six at home have actually gone Over 2.5, and the same can be said for seven of Leicester's last nine away from the KP. They've got nothing to lose and they played like that.

The Burnley manager added: "There have been some tough times in these parts, both at the club and in the area, generally and it's bringing a smile to a lot of faces". Things can change quickly, but Leicester are now closer to the bottom half of the table than they are to Burnley.

Burnley now sit seventh in the Premier League, two points behind Arsenal although the Gunners have a game in hand.

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