Burnley may have failed to bring in any significant signings so far this summer, but that is unlikely to have a massive impact on their performances this season. Sean Dyche’s side have been remarkably consistent since winning promotion to the Premier League in 2016 and have hardly changed the core of their team or their style of play in the four-year period.
They almost provide a stern test for whatever team they come up against and that will be no different on Sunday against Leicester.
Brendan Rodgers’ side got off to the perfect start with a comfortable three-goal win over West Brom on the opening day of the season, but there are still question marks over how their end-of-season implosion will impact them this year.
The Foxes seemed to have a Champions League place secured at the turn of the year, but bottled it massively in the second half of the campaign. The fact that they were punching above their weight is irrelevant; they should never have allowed Manchester United to close the gap between them.
Their opening day win over a poor West Brom side papered over the cracks and they will struggle to break a resolute Burnley side down on Sunday night.
Burnley are rarely involved in high-octane thrillers, it’s just not in their DNA.
A total of 11 of their last 13 competitive games have seen less than 2.5 goals and they drew five of those games 1-1.
They are remarkably difficult to score twice against and have only conceded more than one goal on two occasions since January, and The Foxes will struggle to find the space to get in behind their compact back four.
This is Burnley’s first appearance in the league this season and they will likely try to keep it tight in the early stages of this trip to the King Power Stadium while they get up to speed with the pace of the Premier League.
This one has all the hallmarks of a low-scoring affair.
Chris Wood enjoyed his most prolific season in a Burnley shirt last season and will surely look to continue that upward trajectory in the 2020/21 season.
The New Zealand striker only came off the bench in Burnley’s League Cup triumph against Sheffield United on Thursday and will surely be handed a starting role on Sunday.
Wood scored in both league meetings against Leicester last term and is clearly a handful for Brendan Rodgers less than watertight defence.
The striker is a threat from set pieces and lethal around the six-yard area and if Leicester defend like they did towards the tail end of last season, he will punish them.
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