Leicester v Burnley preview: Foxes look to build on Champions League victory
By Alice Piper
Last Updated: 17/09/16 3:34pm
Leicester City will look to ride the wave of success from their debut Champions League win when they play host to Burnley on Saturday afternoon.
The Foxes cruised to victory in their Group G opener, sinking Club Brugge 3-0 at the Jan Breydel Stadium thanks to a Marc Albrighton volley and Riyad Mahrez brace.
Back in the Premier League, Claudio Ranieri and his men aim to make amends for a slow start to their campaign after just one victory under their belt.
Meanwhile, Burnley, who earned a 2-0 home win at home to Liverpool in August, come into the match on the back of a 1-1 draw at home to Hull after Robert Snodgrass grabbed an equaliser for the Tigers with a last-gasp free-kick.
Danny Simpson, Nampalys Mendy and Jeffrey Schlupp are injured and will miss Saturday's clash.
Islam Slimani could make his league debut after impressing against Brugge, while Albrighton is also expected to retain his place in the starting XI.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche is expected to field an unchanged XI from the side that earned a 1-1 draw against Hull City last weekend.
The Foxes haven't lost any of their last nine league matches against Burnley, winning six and drawing three of their meetings.
The Clarets haven't won away at Leicester since November 2007, in which a goal from Andy Gray was enough to seal all three points.
Burnley have won two of their four previous Premier League games against reigning champions, with both wins coming against Manchester sides; the first a 1-0 victory over United in August 2009 and the second a 1-0 win at home to City in March 2015.
Leicester's record of four points from four games is the joint-second lowest return for reigning Premier League champions; tied with Chelsea who had four at the same stage last season, and one better than Blackburn who had scored just 3 in 1995-96.
Jamie Vardy has scored seven goals in his last eight Premier League games for Leicester, as well as four in his last four at the King Power Stadium.
Leicester should be flying after that great result in the Champions League. To go anywhere away from home in Europe, let alone in your first match, and put in a performance like that is impressive.
Their game suits the Champions League. When they go away from home, teams will have a go at them and that's perfect, it's when they play at home and have to break teams down that's the problem.
It gives Burnley, who will be disappointed to have conceded so late against Hull, a chance to get something, but it was a poor result for them last weekend and I'm backing Leicester.
PAUL PREDICTS: 3-1 (Sky Bet odds 12/1)
Leicester are Sky Bet's 8/15 favourites for the victory with Burnley, who are up against odds of 5/1 to win and 3/1 just to secure a draw. The Foxes have, however, drifted out to 150/1 to retain their Premier League title, while Sean Dyche's men's outright odds are even more perilous at 8/11 for relegation.
Jamie Vardy heads the first goalscorer betting at 100/30 while Andre Gray is deemed the visitors' main threat at 15/2 to net first.
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