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The Lowdown: The First Visitors To King Power Stadium, Burnley

Leicester City host Burnley at King Power Stadium on Sunday in the Foxes' first home fixture of the 2020/21 Premier League season (7pm kick-off).
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Ahead of this weekend's game against Sean Dyche's sideLCFC.com takes a detailed look at the Lancashire club, who finished 10th in the top flight last season...

The squad

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Chris Wood
Chris Wood

Clarets forward Chris Wood netted 14 Premier League goals last term.

A number of players departed the Clarets over the summer with goalkeeper Joe Hart (Tottenham Hotspur), midfielder Jeff Hendrick (Newcastle United), winger Aaron Lennon (Kayserispor) and youngster Aiden O'Neill (Melbourne City), all leaving on free transfers following the expiry of their contracts.

Centre-back Ben Gibson, meanwhile, has joined Sky Bet Championship outfit Norwich City on loan.

Burnley's sole new arrival so far is goalkeeper Will Norris, signing from Wolverhampton Wanderers on a three-year deal in August.

New Zealand forward Chris Wood was the Clarets' top goalscorer in 2019/20, notching 14 league goals in 29 games.

Only two Burnley players featured in every Premier League game last season - goalkeeper Nick Pope and centre-back James Tarkowski - with the former narrowly missing out on the Golden Glove award for most clean sheets.

The manager

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Sean Dyche
Sean Dyche

Sean Dyche is the longest serving manager in the Premier League having been appointed in October 2012.

Sean Dyche is the Premier League's longest serving manager and is approaching eight years at the helm of the Lancashire outfit, having been appointed on 30 October 2012. 

Succeeding Eddie Howe in the hot seat, Dyche guided Burnley to Premier League promotion in his first full season in charge (2013/14), and after relegation the following campaign, bounced back immediately, winning the Championship title in 2015/16.

In both promotion campaigns, Burnley equalled their highest ever points tally (93), before securing top flight survival via a 16th place finish in 2016/17. The following season saw the Clarets finish seventh - their highest ever Premier League position - and qualify for the Europa League.

Although they failed to make the group stage of the competition, it marked a return to European football for the first time in 51 years.

In the league, Dyche's men were competitive again during 2018/19, finishing 15th on 40 points, while last season proved to be another successful campaign in which Burnley flirted with the European places before eventually finishing 10th.

Dyche, a centre-back by trade, started his career at Nottingham Forest in the late 1980s, before making his name at Chesterfield, where he enjoyed a seven-year spell, playing over 200 games. The Yorkshire side reached the FA Cup semi-finals in 1997, led by Dyche, who was captain. 

His move to Bristol City also proved a successful one, helping the club gain promotion to Division One in 1998, a feat he repeated at Millwall in 2001.

Spells at Luton Town (on loan) and Watford followed, ahead of a transfer to Northampton Town, where his playing career ended a season after the Cobblers' promotion from League Two in 2006.

After hanging up his boots, Dyche managed his former club Watford, but despite an 11th place finish in his only season in charge - the Hornets' best league position for four years - he was sacked, joining Burnley a few months later.

Form guide

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Jay Rodriguez
Jay Rodriguez

Burnley face Sheffield United in the Carabao Cup Second Round on Thursday evening.

Burnley are yet to play a competitive game this season with Sunday's trip to King Power Stadium marking the start of their 2020/21 Premier League campaign.

The Clarets were due to play Manchester United on the opening weekend, who have been given an extra week off following their Europa League exploits. 

Sunday's visitors will have a game under their belt by the time they arrive in Leicester, however, as Dyche's side host Sheffield United in the Carabao Cup Second Round on Thursday. 

Burnley played three fixtures in pre-season, beating Heart of Midlothian 4-1 and Marítimo 3-1 after a goalless draw with Preston North End.

Previous encounters

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Youri Tielemans
Youri Tielemans

Belgian midfielder Youri Tielemans scored the winner when the teams last met at King Power Stadium.

The pair's last encounter on Filbert Way saw the Foxes come from behind to take all three points, winning 2-1 in October 2019. Jamie Vardy cancelled out Chris Wood's opener before Youri Tielemans grabbed the winner.

Leicester's last clash with Burnley, however, ended with the reverse scoreline as second-half goals from Wood and Ashley Westwood handed the Clarets victory at Turf Moor in January 2020.

The Foxes have won 11 of the 24 most recent previous meetings between the two sides, with Burnley winning on eight occasions and five ending in a draw.

Trophy cabinet

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Burnley FC

The Clarets won the Sky Bet Championship title in 2016.

Burnley twice lifted the First Division title, in 1920/21 and 1959/60, and have also finished runners-up on two occasions (1919/20 and 1961/62).

They have three Second Division titles to their name, coming in 1897/98, 1972/73 and mostly recently in 2015/16. Promotion to the top flight has also been gained a further four times in 1912/13, 1946/47, 2013/14 and via the play-offs in 2008/09.

Their sole Third and Fourth Division trophies were won in 1981/82 and 1991/92 respectively. Burnley were also promoted from the third tier as runners-up in 1999/00 and through the play-offs back in 1993/94.

The Clarets are one of five teams to have won all of the top four divisions in English football, alongside Wolverhampton Wanderers, Preston North End, Sheffield United and Portsmouth.

Success has also come in cup competitions, winning the FA Cup in 1914 and twice lifting the Charity Shield (in 1960 and 1973).

The stadium

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Turf Moor
Turf Moor

Turf Moor has been Burnley's home ground since 1883.

Burnley have played at Turf Moor since 1883, which replaced Calder Vale as their home ground. The adjacent cricket pitch has been used by Burnley Cricket Club since 1833.

It currently holds 21,944 spectators and consists of four stands - the James Hargreaves Stand, the Jimmy McIlroy Stand, the Bob Lord Stand, and the Cricket Field Stand, which houses both home and away fans.

It held an FA Cup semi-final between Huddersfield Town and Notts County in 1922 and an international British Home Championship fixture between England and Wales in 1927.

The highest attendance at the stadium came in 1924, when 54,755 turned out to watch Burnley face Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup third round.

The club's record average attendance is 33,621, from the 1947/48 First Division campaign.

Upcoming fixtures

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Erik Pieters
Erik Pieters

Southampton are Burnley's next league opponents following their trip to King Power Stadium.

Burnley host Southampton in their first home game of the season on Saturday 26 September (8pm kick-off), before travelling to face Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion.

The Clarets return home to host Tottenham Hotspur and then Chelsea to end October's Premier League fixtures and a run of four Saturday 3pm kick-offs.

All times BST.

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