Will Leicester continue leading the table?

Last updated: November 24, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 5:30pm
Venue: King Power Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WWWLW
Away form: WWWDL
Last season: 5-3
Competition: The Premier League

Manchester United were lucky to score a late goal and to leave with the points against Watford in their visit to Vicarage Road in the last round, but now The Red Devils players will have another test against the temporary leaders Leicester.

Jamie Vardy put his name in the history books, scoring against Newcastle, his 10th goal in 10 consecutive games which is an absolute record in The Premier League. In addition to the attacker’s really good form, all the Leicester players are showing a wonderful performance. Argentinian forward Ulloa has also scored his first goal of the season and has gained some extra confidence. Furthermore, The Foxes have recorded 4 consecutive victories in The Premier League.

In last season’s game between these two teams at The King Power Stadium, Leicester City managed to turn things around after trailing 1-3 in the 57th minute. The Foxes eventually won 5-3. David Nugent, Ulloa, Cambiasso and Vardy brought the points to Leicester. They could even have won by more goals, but they were stopped by the good saves of David De Gea.

Team News

Serious problems for Louis van Gaal; the most important player in United’s squad, Wayne Rooney, is ill and is doubtful for the game.

In addition, the attacker Martial has recently received an ankle injury and could possibly miss the visit to The King Power Stadium.

Carick, Fellaini, Shaw and Valencia are also on Manchester United’s injury list. Antonio Valencia will return to full training in April 2016.

Leicester City’s manager, Claudio Ranieri, can select his best players; only Matty James is still not recovered from his injury.

Quotes of the week

Claudio Ranieri Claudio Ranieri (Leicester) : “It’s not important, the shirt, it’s how the players play. That was the same when I managed Zola.”

louis van gaal Louis van Gaal (Manchester United) : “I think we didn’t play so good offensively. We created a lot of chances and we could have finished the game much earlier.”

Expected line-ups:

Leicester (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel, Huth, Morgan, De Laet, King, Albrighton, Drinkwater, Kante, Mahrez, Vardy, Schlupp.
Subs Okazaki, Dodoo, Benalouane, Dyer, Ulloa, Schwarzer, Inler
Injured: Matty James
Not available:
Man United (4-3-3): De Gea, Rojo, Smalling, Blind, Young, Memphis, Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin, Mata, Lingard, Rooney.
Subs Romero, Pereira, Herrera, Jones, Martial, Wilson, Darmian.
Injured: Shaw, Carrick, Fellaini, Valencia.
Doubtful: Rooney, Martial
Not available:

Key Battle

vardy Vardy this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
13 1149 13 4,2 1 1 3 0
Mata this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
13 1028 4 1,8 3 1 2 0

So far this season

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Leicester this season Manchester United this season
1 League Position 2
4 (4) (at home) Wins (away) 4 (4)
3-0 vs. Newcastle Biggest win 3-0 vs. Everton and Sunderland
1 (3) (at home) Draws (away) 2 (1)
1 (0) (at home) Losses (away) 0 (2)
2-5 to Arsenal Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Arsenal
Vardy (13) Top scorer Mata (4)
Mahrez (6) Assist Leader Mata (3)
Y24, R0 Discipline Y22, R0
0 Failures to score 4
2 Clean Sheets 8
11 Both Teams to Score Games 4
10 Over 2.5 Games 7
3 Under 2.5 Games 6
  • Leicester have won only one of the last 10 home games against Manchester United. But, The Foxes have won 19 of 41 matches against The Red Devils at The King Power Stadium in total.
  • Manchester United have won 4 of 7 away games so far. The Red Devils have lost to Arsenal (0-3) and Swansea (1-2).
  • The Foxes have the same number of home victories (4). They have scored 13 goals in 6 home games, which is 2 per game on average.
  • Manchester United’s last away victory against Leicester was in 2003, when The Red Devils won 4-1. Ruud van Nistelrooy scored a hat-trick for the success.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
31/01/15 The Premier League Manchester United 3-1 Leicester R. van Persie 27′
21/09/14 The Premier League Leicester 5-3 Manchester United R. van Persie 13′
13/04/04 The Premier League Manchester United 1-0 Leicester G. Neville 56′
27/09/03 The Premier League Leicester 1-4 Manchester United Keane 15′
06/04/02 The Premier League Leicester 0-1 Manchester United