Today sees Manchester City and United face sides in the relegation scrap. Given how matches involving relegation battlers turned out yesterday, expect Swansea and Leicester to cause problems for the Manchester pair.
Manchester City vs Swansea City
This match will be critical for Pep Guardiola’s side to prove that a shaky January is behind them.
The Citizens will be determined to repeat their win over West Ham in midweek but face a revitalised Swansea side, who have won their last two league outings to move out of relegation zone. Willy Caballero could keep his place in goal after impressive performances in the last month unlike Bravo, who conceded six goals to Caballero’s none.
Paul Clement will be relieved to have held onto Fernando Llorente after deadline day. The Spaniard will be a problem for City’s ageing defence and with Gylfi Sigurdsson a constant threat from midfield, Guardiola will need to be wary of how he sets his team up.
Gabriel Jesus could make his first start at the Etihad and if has taken home his performance at the London Stadium, he will be a major issue from the off for Lukasz Fabianski.
Their last five meetings in all competitions have been competitive with both sides scoring at least once. City have however kept only two clean sheets on home turf all season making this match tricky to call.
Both sides have been in ruts recently but are hitting form so the match should be tight with a few goals involved. Swansea’s away win at Liverpool a fortnight ago, could give them the edge mentally against another big team here.
Prediction: Manchester City 2-2 Swansea
Result: Manchester City 2-1 Swansea
Leicester vs Manchester United
Manchester United head to the King Power Stadium looking to get back to winning ways but face a Leicester side determined to pull away from relegation.
Claudio Ranieri will be hoping for a better performance after September’s 4-0 thrashing at Old Trafford. Luckily for him, Manchester United have struggled since drawing with Liverpool in Manchester vs Merseyside. They have only recorded one win and that came in the FA Cup last weekend.
Leicester however have a FA Cup replay on Wednesday night so will be looking to reserve some energy for that fixture. United however have Europa League action coming up so will be keen to avoid any major injuries between now and then.
Back to this game, Islam Slimani could feature for the first time after picking up an injury on international duty. Molla Wague could make his debut in defence for the Foxes so expect a slightly different side to the one that visited Manchester United six months ago.
Since Leicester returned to the Premier League in 2014-15 season, United haven’t fared well at the King Power Stadium with a 5-3 defeat then a 1-1 draw last season to show for their efforts. Those results however came under Louis van Gaal’s reign.
Can Mourinho guide the Red Devils to their first away victory at Leicester since September 2003?
The match itself should be tight as the hosts seek their first league goal of 2017. Man U need every point that they can get because in the end, those draws could prove decisive in the race for Champions League football.
Prediction: Leicester City 1-1 Manchester United
Result: Leicester City 0-3 Manchester United