As the search for Leicester City’s new boss continues the Foxes travel to Burnley hoping to avoid three consecutive defeats for the first time since Paulo Sousa was in charge. Admittedly the Foxes would need to ship six goals tonight to match that awful string of results from last September, but any defeat would see the playoffs slip even further from the new manager’s grasp.
Burnley’s start hasn’t been particularly remarkable. At home they have beaten Nottingham Forest and Blackpool, but drawn three and lost two. Eddie Howe’s side haven’t been in the top half of the table since the opening day of the season, but two wins in a row has made the rest of the Championship sit up and take notice. Burnley are by no means out of the promotion race.
Last season these sides issued drubbings to the other on home soil. It was at least more entertaining than the seemingly endless run of low scoring encounters that came before it. There has not been a meeting between these two sides in which both scored more than one goal since 1982.
But a tight, textbook, perhaps even smash and grab away performance is exactly what Leicester need right now. Winless in six on the road, the Foxes have been hampered by poor shooting. Just 48% of Leicester’s attempts on goal have been on target. By contrast Leeds United, Sunday’s visitors to the KP, lead the division by this measure, making the goalkeeper work with 62% of their efforts.
Leicester’s main task will be to keep Charlie Austin quiet. The 22 year-old has scored eight of Burnley’s eighteen Championship goals this season. If they manage that, Burnley’s leaky defence (which has kept just one clean sheet in 29 league and cup fixtures) could provide the Foxes with some joy at the other end.