Burnley close on Europe as Chris Wood and Kevin Long sink Leicester

Johann Berg Gudmundsson will be given a fitness test by Burnley ahead of the Leicester clash

Sean Dyche's side look increasingly likely to be in next season's Europa League.

The unlikely prospect of European soccer at Turf Moor has drawn ever closer after Burnley beat Leicester 2-1 to cement seventh position in the league, nine points ahead of its vanquished opponent in the standings.

Leicester applied plenty of pressure but Burnley held on and after the game Puel appeared to concede the battle for seventh was over.

Dyche's remarkable success has been built on a small, tight squad and meticulous preparation, things that would be severely tested by the Europa League. It's impossible for there to be a negative.

"The next two games against Burnley and Southampton are crucial games for me to decide if we can believe something or not for the end of the season", he said on Friday.

"We're in very good shape", he said. "Now it's open-minded and see how far we can go".


"It will be a good challenge, we have to start well against Burnley of course, because now they have a six point advantage and we want to make a fantastic game against this team".

But Pope could do nothing about Vardy's finish in the 72nd minute, a thumping strike into the roof of the net after a precise throughball from substitute Kelechi Iheanacho.

"I thought (we had) a very fast start, a pretty decent first half, and then second half we started well, but 2-0 is a amusing scoreline, especially at this stage of the season".

If those kind of stats tickle your fancy then Overs can be backed at [2.48], but I have my suspicions that Sean Dyche is going to play not to lose this game as opposed to winning it. City breezed past Tottenham on Saturday, leaving them three points from the title, which could also be achieved by a United loss to last-place West Brom at Old Trafford - an unlikely outcome, in all honesty. It would also mean European football - assuming that Southampton do now win the FA Cup. "It's very hard to get five wins on the trot so I'm very pleased overall". "It might be like in Comedy Capers, where they pull a club out and bang them on the head, and then we might get one". "I think except the first 10 minutes it was a good performance".

Only one of the last five meetings between these two has seen three or more goals.

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