Leicester City-Burnley Preview
Turf Moor will host a crunch fixture in the relegation fight as Leicester City travel to Burnley on Saturday.
Both teams are in the bottom three with time running out to secure their Premier League status for another season, but three points on Saturday would be a huge survival boost for whichever team could get them.
Sean Dyche's Burnley (5-11-17) are without a win in four and have lost their last two league games to slip to the foot of the table. Still just two points from safety, there is plenty of hope left for the Clarets, and striker Lukas Jutkiewicz is confident the squad still have the right attitude to launch a late survival bid.
"We have five massive games now really," Jutkiewicz said. "There's 15 points to play for and they're all equally valuable.
"It's tight at the bottom, but our belief hasn't faltered at all over the course of the season. We've kept the same mentality throughout, whether after 10 games when we hadn't won or over Christmas when we were doing well. We'll be staying positive right until the very end."
Nigel Pearson's Leicester (7-7-18) seem to have hit form at exactly the right moment. The Foxes have spent much of the season in last place, but three wins on the bounce have given Pearson's side a real chance of escaping the drop. Leicester have a game in hand over the two teams below them, but striker Leonardo Ulloa knows every result still matters between now and May 24.
"We have six cup finals now, but we need to continue with the same mentality," Ulloa said. "It's important to be off the bottom, but it's more important that we won the last three games.
"We've changed our mentality a little bit, and in some ways it's not important how the table is now, we just need to think of the next game, continue with the same mentality and play the same situation. We're not bottom now, but we have six cup finals and the next game is very important. That's what we are focusing on."
Ulloa may face competition from David Nugent for a starting berth after the former England international recovered from a calf injury to be in contention for Saturday's game. Marcin Wasilewski, though, faces a late fitness test.
Burnley are without Dean Marney and Kevin Long for the rest of the season due to knee ligament injuries.
A 1-0 win over Manchester City is the only win in the last 12 for Dyche's side, and George Boyd's goal in that game is the only one Burnley have managed in their last seven matches. The Clarets are on a four-game scoreless streak going into Saturday's match, and only Sunderland (25) and Aston Villa (24) have managed fewer goals than Burnley's 26 in 33 games.
It was a 2-2 draw when these teams met at the King Power Stadium in October, with Ross Wallace netting in the sixth minute of stoppage time to rescue a point for Burnley. That was the first Premier League meeting between the two sides, but Leicester are unbeaten in their last eight across all competitions against the Clarets.