Leicester City will be travelling to Turf Moor on Saturday as they aim to claim back-to-back wins when they face Burnley.
Brendan Rodgers got his first win as Leicester manager last Saturday after his side beat visitors Fulham 3-1 at the King Power in Rodgers’ second game in charge of the club.
The victory meant Leicester moved past Everton to 10th place in the Premier League, now six points behind Wolves in seventh. The gap may now be too much for the Foxes to close, but the new boss stated in his press conference on Thursday that getting the team back into Europe is his ambition.
Leicester looked dominant in the first half against Fulham, not allowing a single shot to be taken from the Cottagers. A shaky period in the second half allowed the away side back into the game as they levelled things up at 1-1, but a brace from Jamie Vardy secured the three points for City.
In Rodgers’ first game in charge he lined the team up in a 3-4-3 formation, saying afterwards the switch to three at the back was due to Watford playing two strikers. Leicester looked to be in control for the majority of that match, so as Burnley also frequently opt for a two-striker formation, Rodgers may decide to go to the 3-4-3 once again.
Here’s how we think Leicester will line-up against Burnley:
GK: Kasper Schmeichel
Leicester’s number one should keep his place in the Foxes’ net. There wasn’t much he could’ve done to stop Fulham’s only goal last weekend as it deflected off Harry Maguire.
RWB: Ricardo Pereira
Pereira may be used in the wing-back role once again this week. He possesses good quality in attack and in defence so this role should be one that suits him.
CB: Jonny Evans
Evans had a good game against Fulham and has probably been Leicester’s best performer at centre-back over the past couple of months.
CB: Wes Morgan
Should Rodgers decide to go back to the 3-4-3 he used against Watford, then Morgan is the most likely option to come into the side. Caglar Soyuncu is another choice the Leicester boss has.
CB: Harry Maguire
Maguire has made a couple of mistakes leading to goals this season. But he should keep his place in the side, along with Jonny Evans, Maguire is still Leicester’s best at the back.
LWB: Ben Chilwell
As with Ricardo, Chillwell can offer a threat going forward as well as his impressive defensive contributions. He was announced in Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad this week and should be in the starting line-up again for Leicester here.
CM: Youri Tielemans
Tielemans has been consistently one of Leicester’s best performers since joining the side on loan in January, he scored his first Foxes goal last weekend. Tielemans should be the top of Rodgers’ list of players to sign in the summer, with the young Belgian international recently saying he would be open to a permanent move.
CM: Wilfred Ndidi
Ndidi had one of his best games this season last time out. The first half against Fulham was excellent from the Nigerian, he played a big part in the opening goal and will be certain to start for Leicester once again this week.
RW: James Maddison
Unfortunately for Maddison, unlike Chillwell, he didn’t make the cut for the Three Lions. He may feel a bit hard done by considering he leads the way across the top five leagues in Europe in terms of goal scoring chances created. He is one of Leicester’s best creators along with Tielemans, but he may be moved out wide from his favoured central position this week.
ST: Jamie Vardy
Vardy bagged two goals to go along with his assist for the opener against Fulham. With four goals in the last three games, Vardy looks back to his best and is Leicester’s only real quality option up front.
LW: Harvey Barnes
Barnes got the assist for Vardy’s 100th Leicester City goal last weekend and almost scored himself but had a great effort matched by an impressive save. He should start again this week.