The Clarets travel to Leicester on Saturday for what will be the first game at the King Power stadium since the Helicopter crash that killed club chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
It’s sure to be an emotional day for all concerned with Leicester City and everybody’s thoughts will be with those whose lives were lost in the tragedy that followed the West Ham game.
Leicester have said that they will not play any goal celebration music if they score, as a mark of respect. Over the last week the Leicester squad have had to pick themselves up for their first game since Vichai’s death – winning away at Cardiff City, then they immediately travelled to Bangkok for the funeral.
This hardly represents ideal preparation for the game and they are sure to be fatigued, however I expect them to be lifted by what is sure to be an emotionally charged atmosphere.
With all due respect to Leicester City and their supporters, it seems slightly perverse under the circumstances to analyse the prospects for Burnley, on a day when the football will understandably be something of a secondary consideration.
Given everything attached to the fixture, it’s one where the Burnley team will have to find a balance between respect and professionalism. Equally, I hope and expect Clarets supporters will put on show of unity and respect.
A victory in this game – as much as the Clarets need one – would feel a bit hollow. That said, I think the emotional nature of the occasion will fire up Leicester and I can really only see one outcome – a comfortable victory for the Foxes. Burnley have had a torrid time on the pitch of late, shipping 13 goals in the last three games. It’s been tough to watch and I don’t expect it to get any easier on Saturday.
I predict a 2-0 Leicester victory and I expect Burnley to line up as follows:- Hart, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Gudmundsson, Cork, Defour, Brady, Vydra, Vokes.