It’s been a while since Leicester fans could say their team has had a Merry Christmas on the pitch. Last season the Foxes failed to win in December, the year before that Sven’s side won just one in five over the festive period.
Neither Burnley of the Foxes have had much to cheer this Christmas either. Both have won just one of their last six – each win coming against Derby County.
That said, Burnely are on a run of three without defeat, their best unbeaten run of the season so far. Leicester meanwhile are without a win in four and have failed to score in each of their last three outings.
So how can Leicester end the year with a much needed win?
The first part of the answer appears quite simple: Stop Charlie Austin.
Burnley’s top scorer has 20 league goals this season, more than half of his sides’s Championship total of 38.
Pretty much all of Burnley’s end product comes from Austin. But perhaps other sides are working out how to alleviate the threat. Austin scored in 14 of his first 17 appearances for Burnley this season. Since then he’s failed to score in six of his last nine appearances.
But of course Leicester stopping Charlie Austin will not solve their problems at the other end. Perhaps knowledge of the imminent arrival of Chris Wood will spark a few others into action.
At least Leicester can point to an encouraging recent record against Burnley. In their last four meetings the Foxes have won three and drawn the other.
A first league double over Burnley in 106 years would bring some better late than never Christmas cheer.