The festive period of the busy schedules in the Premier League is here, where in the first game Leicester City host Manchester United at the King Power Stadium on boxing day. A game of huge significance, the battle to secure the second spot for at least this gameweek.
Leicester City are sitting second in the league with 27 points in 14 matches and Manchester United are third with 26 points in one game less than Leicester because they were given rest for one extra week before starting the season.
The Foxes have won only once in the last 20 years, against Red Devils in 2014 the famous 5-3 victory for them. Manchester United won 14 games and 3 matches were drawn.
Since Ole Gunner Solskjær appointment as a manager, he has won 3 out of 3 matches against Leicester and two of them are at King Power Stadium.
Leicester City vs Manchester United Preview:
Leicester City won their last match away from home against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur side by 2-0. Jaime Vardy scored the opener from a penalty right at the half time mark and another one was an own goal from Toby Alderweireld.
The Foxes have started this season excellently as they started it last season. But this season Leicester manager Brandon Rodgers’ approach is less expensive and more pragmatic.
Brandon Rodgers changed his style of play after the massive downfall in the later stages of the last season, where they only managed to get 17 points in the last 17 matches and missed the Champions League spot.
The Foxes haven’t been good so far at home in the league where they only win 9 points in 7 matches and in 4 of those matches they were on the losing side.
Leicester lost 5 matches this season which is the highest by the top half teams in the table and won a joint-most number of wins with Liverpool.
Leicester City’s talisman Jaime Vardy scored 11 goals so far in the league and sitting 2nd in the top goal scorers list.
Manchester United won 2-0 in their last match at Goodison Park against Everton in the Carabao Cup quarterfinal. The Red Devils have won their last Premier League match at Old Trafford in a great manner where they smashed Leeds United by 6-2.
After starting the season poorly Manchester United have won 19 points out of 21 in their last 7 matches and they are now only 5 points away from the league leader Liverpool with one match in hand.
Manchester United have shown great character in this season away from home in the Premier League, they have won 6 in 6 matches after trailing at first.
Manchester United have won their last 14 out of 14 away games in domestic competitions and they’re unbeaten away from home in the last 18 away games where they won 17 of them in domestic competitions. The last time lost a game away from home was at Anfield against Liverpool in January.
Manchester United’s talisman the Portuguese magnifico Bruno Fernandes has involved in 14 goals in 13 matches. He scored 9 goals and assisted 5 goals for his teammates.
Leicester City Premier League form: L-W-W-L-W
Manchester United Premier League form: W-W-D-W-W
Leicester City vs Manchester United Team News:
Ricardo Pereira and central defender Caglar Soyuncu will be out for their long term injury, Jamie Vardy is fit, after, the experienced striker overcoming the groin issue that he picked up during the win over Tottenham.
Brandon Rodgers has no reason to change his team from a great victory at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. So, he should go with the same team as it was against Tottenham.
As for United, Scott McTominey and Aaron Wan-Bissaka were the absentees from the midweek fixture due to injuries but they should be back for this important clash.
There will be changes in the team from the midweek match against Everton with Victor Lindelof, Fred, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw and David de Gea all expected to return.
Daniel James played well against Leeds United but it seems unlikely that he will start, Mason Greenwood, should be back for this match. Edinson Cavani will also have to sit out for this game and Paul Pogba will have to satisfy sitting on the bench as well.
Keeping the bad home form of Leicester and great away form of Man United in mind, United should win the important battle for 2nd spot game. If Bruno Fernandes shows his consistency yet again for this match, then it will be easy for Manchester United to win it.
Leicester City 1-2 Manchester United
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