In Profile: Burnley, City’s Next Premier League Opponents

Leicester City's busy January schedule next involves a trip to Turf Moor to face Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday (2pm GMT kick-off).

While the Foxes enjoyed victory over the Clarets at King Power Stadium earlier in the season, Brendan Rodgers' men also tasted success in Lancashire last term.

As usual, in the days leading up to this weekend's fixture, LCFC.com provides a detailed look at Leicester's next top-flight opponents...

The manager

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Sean Dyche
Sean Dyche

Sean Dyche made over 200 appearances for Chesterfield across seven seasons.

Sean Dyche’s footballing career began at Nottingham Forest in the mid-1980s, but he never made a first team appearance for the Nottinghamshire-based club and later moved to Chesterfield.

He spent seven successful seasons at the Spireites, who he captained to the 1997 FA Cup Semi-Finals, where they lost out to Middlesbrough, despite Dyche scoring a penalty during the tie.

Brief spells at Bristol City and Luton Town followed, before he spent three years at both Millwall and Watford, who he would later manage, and then two years at Northampton Town.

After the former centre-back retired in 2007, having helped Northampton to promotion to League 1, he entered the managerial world in 2011 with Watford, having previously held posts as an Under-18s coach and assistant manager.

Dyche guided the Hornets to an 11th-placed finish during the 2011/12 Championship season, and following that campaign, was appointed Burnley manager in October 2013 following Eddie Howe’s return to AFC Bournemouth.

Since then, Dyche has led the Clarets to two promotions to the Premier League, in 2014 and 2016, and guided them to seventh-place finish in 2017/18, which saw them book their spot in the second round of UEFA Europa League qualifying.

The beat Scottish outfit Aberdeen over two legs to set up a third round qualifier with İstanbul Başakşehir, which they won 1-0 thanks to Jack Cork’s injury-time winner, before losing out to Greek side Olympiacos in the play-off round.

The squad

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Nick Pope
Nick Pope

The shot-stopper is a member of Gareth Southgate's England squad.

Burnley have a strong contingent of England internationals, with Nick Pope, Joe Hart, James Tarkowski, Aaron Lennon, Jack Cork and Jay Rodriguez all capped by the Three Lions over the past few years.

In addition, the Burnley squad possesses an ex-City presence in the form of defender Ben Mee and striker Chris Wood, while midfielder Danny Drinkwater spent the first half of the season on loan at Turf Moor.

Iceland international midfielder Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson, meanwhile, has been one of Burnley’s most consistent attackers since he joined in 2016 from Charlton Athletic. 

Notable arrivals at Turf Moor this summer include left-back Erik Pieters from Stoke City, striker Rodriguez from West Bromwich Albion and goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell from Leeds United.

The trophy cabinet

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2015/16 Championship win
2015/16 Championship win

Sean Dyche lifts the Championship trophy aloft after guiding his side to Premier League promotion in 2016.

Burnley have been crowned champions of England on two occasions, winning the top-flight title in both 1921 and 1960, and also won the FA Cup in 1914.

They have also won England’s second tier three times, with their most recent coming in the form of their Championship triumph in 2016.

One third tier and one fourth tier title and an FA Charity Shield (now FA Community Shield) complete the Clarets’ list of most significant honours.

The stadium

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Turf Moor
Turf Moor

Turf Moor has been the home of Burnley Football Club since 1883.

Starting life as a rugby club called Burnley Rovers, Burnley Football Club officially formed in 1882 and played their first match at Turf Moor, formerly a cricket ground, a year later.

After formation of the Football League, the Clarets contested their maiden league match at Turf Moor in October 1888, with Fred Poland scoring Burnley’s first-ever league goal at the stadium.

Turf Moor’s record attendance came during an FA Cup tie with Huddersfield Town in 1924, as nearly 55,000 fans watched on in a period that permitted standing tickets.

The present day capacity is listed as just short of 22,000, with 19,561 attending the 2-1 home defeat by Aston Villa on New Year's Day.

The fixtures

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James Tarkowski
James Tarkowski

Burnley were beaten 3-0 by Burnley last time out in the Premier League.

Following Sunday's visit of the Foxes to Turf Moor, the Clarets visit Old Trafford to tackle Manchester United on Wednesday before hosting Norwich City in the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday.

Clashes with Arsenal (H), Southampton (A), Bournemouth (H) and Newcastle United (A) then follow as Burnley look to climb the Premier League standings as swiftly as possible. 

Meanwhile, Sean Dyche's men conclude their 2019/20 campaign by facing Wolverhampton Wanderers (H), Norwich (A) and Brighton & Hove Albion (H) in May.

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