Burnley hold Leicester as visitors snap two-match losing run

Burnley hold Leicester as visitors snap two-match losing run

Leicester ended their two-match losing run but they had to settle for a 1-1 draw against relegation-threatened Burnley on Wednesday night.

Matej Vydra put the hosts ahead in the first half, but Kelechi Iheanacho’s fine finish squared the game in the first half and there were no further goals at Turf Moor.

Daniel Amartey, Papy Mendy and Hamza Choudhury came into Leicester’s starting XI for their Premier League fixture at Burnley on Wednesday evening.

Harvey Barnes and Jonny Evans are unavailable because of injury while Luke Thomas drops to the bench in the Champions League-chasing Foxes’ three changes from the line-up that lost 3-1 to Arsenal at the weekend.

Burnley were thrashed 4-0 by Tottenham on Sunday and they make one change, with Chris Wood making his first start in a month, replacing Jay Rodriguez, who is among the Clarets’ substitutes.

Leicester were slow out of the traps and they fell behind after four minutes as Vydra bagged his first league goal in nearly 12 months after a bad mistake from Choudhury.

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The midfielder’s loose pass back to Wilfred Ndidi was intercepted by Vydra, who took the ball past the makeshift centre-half with his first touch before lashing past helpless Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

It was Vydra’s first league goal since February 22 last year.

Choudhury had an opportunity to equalise not long after Burnley’s opener after ghosting into the area but he volleyed into the ground from Timothy Castagne’s cross and Nick Pope tipped over.

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However, Kelechi Iheanacho’s splendid finish drew Leicester level after 34 minutes, with the Nigerian volleying home from Ndidi’s floated ball over the top.

Schmeichel then saved excellently low down to his left to keep out James Tarkowski’s header from Dwight McNeil’s left-wing cross.

Into the second half and Schmeichel somehow managed to get a hand to a goal-bound Chris Wood header.

And moment later he denied the former Leicester man again. Wood’s shot from outside the area took a deflection that almost put it beyond Schmeichel’s reach.

Leicester though came on strong towards the end of the game and Timothy Castagne came close for Leicester but he hit the post from outside the box as the game ended all square.

 

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