Mired in their longest losing stretch of the Premier League season, Burnley also must attempt to get back on track without one of their top contributors for the time being.
The Clarets aim to avoid their first-ever five-game Premier League losing streak on Sunday, when they host a Leicester City side looking to rebound from a frustrating top-flight defeat.
Even before their struggles during the festive season, Burnley (7-3-12) were struggling and have lost 10 of their last 14 top-flight contests. However, there is reason for serious concern whist being outscored 8-1 during the current four-game losing streak.
That slide has the Clarets entering this weekend’s matchday 15th in the table. Chris Wood has Burnley’s lone goal during the skid, coming in the 80th minute of a 2-1 home loss to Aston Villa on New Year’s Day. Burnley fell 3-0 at Chelsea last weekend.
«We’ll keep working hard,» midfielder Ashley Westwood told Burnley’s official website. «Hopefully give Leicester a good game (Sunday) … We just need to get back to basics, and we can get something from it.»
Burnley have never dropped five straight Premier League matches, and hope to avoid a third consecutive defeat to Leicester. Wood (eight goals) opened the scoring in the 26th minute at King Power Stadium on Oct. 19, but the Foxes got goals from Jamie Vardy and Youri Tielemans to take the full three points with a 2-1 victory over the Clarets.
Whilst Wood should be available despite suffering a broken nose against Chelsea, teammate Ashley Barnes (six goals) is set to undergo hernia surgery that will keep him out of action for an undetermined amount of time.
«You don’t like losing good players, but, equally, it allowed other players to come in and perform,» Burnley manager Sean Dyche said. «That’s what we’ll be looking for them to do.»
Dyche also hopes forward Jay Rodriguez will be an option this weekend after dealing with an illness.
Leicester, meanwhile, will focus all their energy on trying to rebound from a 2-1 home defeat to suddenly surging Southampton last weekend. Vardy (17 goals, four assists) assisted on Dennis Praet’s goal in the 14th minute, but the Saints equalised five minutes later and went ahead for good in the 81st to hand Leicester a second straight home loss and drop them into third place in the Premier League table.
«We’ll look to improve and get three points in our next game,» manager Brendan Rodgers told Leicester’s official website. «This isn’t a group that’s complacent at all. It was always to be tough, especially where we are in our schedule. I have total faith and trust in the squad that we have.»
Whilst the Foxes have struggled at home of late, they’ve won two in a row and six of their last seven road games within the Premier League. Vardy has totaled eight goals whilst scoring in each of his last five top-flight road contests. He’s scored twice over four career Premier League games against Burnley at Turf Moor.