2018-19 Premier League: Week 25 – Leicester vs Manchester United

Top four chasing Manchester United visit Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in this weekend’s opening Super Sunday clash.

Manchester United can cut the gap to Chelsea back to two points with victory and leapfrog Arsenal for fifth, whilst Leicester will go eighth if can take the points as the race for seventh continues to twist and turn. 

 

Team news

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Leicester have no new fresh injury concerns to report ahead of this clash, as Daniel Amartey remains out with an ankle injury he picked up in October. 

Manchester United meanwhile could hand defender, Chris Smalling his first start in two months after he made the bench in midweek following a foot injury. 

Marcos Rojo is ruled out alongside Marouane Fellaini who is closing in on a move to China. 

 

Form

Leicester avoided defeat in just two of their five matches in January across all competitions, winning and drawing their respective first and last match of month.

At home, the Foxes have lost three of their last four with their only win in that run coming against United’s neighbours – Manchester City. 

Manchester United saw their eight match winning run in all competitions ended in midweek when Burnley held them to a 2-2 draw. 

Away from Old Trafford, the Red Devils are unbeaten in their last four trips but their 3-1 win at Arsenal in FA Cup last weekend was the first that they conceded on the road in a month. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Since winning 5-3 in September 2014, Leicester have taken just three points from their last eight league meetings with Manchester United (D3, L5). 
  • Jamie Vardy has scored for Leicester in last two appearances against Manchester United. 
  • Under Claude Puel, Leicester have scored in both meetings against the Red Devils unlike Southampton who drew blank in both meetings with United in 2016-17 season when Puel was in charge at St Marys’. 
  • Marc Albrighton and Romelu Lukaku have both scored two headed goals, the most of both teams. 
  • 42 of Manchester United’s 48 goals have come from inside the box. 

Prediction

Despite suffering a setback against Burnley in midweek, Man Utd still look difficult to beat so Leicester really need to be at their game here. 

Leicester however are unbeaten in last three meetings with members of the ‘Big Six’ so am going to go for a hard fought draw, although United will probably win this if are on form.

Prediction: Leicester City 1-1 Manchester United

Jake predicts: Leicester City 1-0 Manchester United 

Result: Leicester City 0-1 Manchester United

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