2019-20 Premier League: Week Five – Manchester United vs Leicester

Manchester United look to end a three match winless run as they welcome an unbeaten Leicester City to Old Trafford.

Victory for United will take them above their opponents into third whilst a Foxes victory will temporarily see Brendan Rogers’ men go second above Manchester City.

 

Team news

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be without three Manchester United regulars, after injuries prevented their international participation.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is struggling with a back injury whilst Paul Pogba (ankle) and Jesse Lingard (illness) are also potential doubts, although Luke Shaw (hamstring) and Anthony Martial are set to potentially feature after missing United’s last outing at Southampton.

Diogo Dalot (groin), Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah (knee) are long-term absentees.

Leicester could have a near-full squad available after Wes Morgan recovered from a back injury picked up before the international break.

Matty James (Achilles) and Daniel Amartey (ankle) however are long-term absentees with no estimated return date set.

 

Form

Manchester United were unbeaten in three of their opening four matches with Daniel James scoring in three of those games, including their 2-1 home loss to Crystal Palace.

Leicester are unbeaten in their opening five matches across all competitions, although they have won their last two league games with Jamie Vardy opening the scoring in both victories.

 

Stat Attack

  • Manchester United are unbeaten in their last ten meetings with Leicester across all competitions (W7, D3).
  • In both meetings last season, Man Utd opened the scoring within the first ten minutes before going on to win both games.
  • United have scored at least three goals in each of three previous Premier League clashes with Leicester held in September, of which they won two by 4-1 results whilst lost the other 5-3 in September 2014.
  • Aaron Wan-Bissaka has made 26 tackles this season for United, which is six more than the 20 produced by Ricardo Pereira for Leicester and the pair have made more tackles than any other defender so far this season.
  • Both clubs have kept just one clean sheet so far this season, with both coming in their opening matches.

 

Prediction

This is a crucial match for Man Utd ahead of a tough run of fixtures in the next few weeks, whilst Leicester are playing some top football with plenty of variety. 

I therefore am expecting an open game between two attacking teams here but United do still have their defensive issues, which I can see Leicester exposing if are at their strongest. 

Prediction: Manchester United 1-2 Leicester City

Result: Manchester United 1-0 Leicester City 

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