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High Flying Foxes Visit Old Trafford

Last updated: September 11, 2019 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 15:00
Venue: Old Trafford
Coverage: Sky Sports
Home Form: DWDLD
Away Form: DDWDW
Last Meeting: Leicester 0 – 1 Man United
Competition: EPL

The stage is set for what could be a classic encounter between expected top-four contenders Manchester United, against the “best of the rest” Leicester City. The Foxes are 3rd in the Premier League table with eight points after two wins and two draws in their opening four fixtures, three points ahead of the Red Devils who are 8th with two draws, one win and one loss. The world’s most expensive defender, Harry Maguire, will be featuring against his former side for the first time in Man United colours, and he’ll be eager to prove he is worth the £80m that United was forced to pay to secure his services.

Manchester United kicked off the Premier League with a memorable 4 – 0 win against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea. Two goals from Marcus Rashford, one by Antony Martial and debut goal from Daniel James set off what was believed to be an exciting campaign. Three matches later, the team only managed two draws against Wolves and Southampton and suffered a devastating home defeat in the hands of Crystal Palace. The team didn’t have much activity over the transfer period despite losing Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan, this is despite the two being the only players in the squad to have ever managed more than 20 goals in the Premier League for their former clubs. No Red Devil’s player has scored above 20 goals in the league since the 2012-13 season when Robin van Persie netted 26.

The big question is “where will the goals come from?” Martial is prone to injury while Rashford lacks the consistency to provide such numbers. Daniel James has been Solskjaer’s best player this season since scoring in his debut against Chelsea followed by further strikes against Crystal Palace and Southampton. The run of goals went on for Wales with an excellent curling effort against Azerbaijan and Belarus. Solskjaer’s attack has been one-sided with all his attacking options, Martial and Rashford, preferring to come in from the left side. This has meant that no player is comfortable on the right-hand side of the attack. To emphasise this point, four of James goals for both club and country have come from the left side. Significant injury worries for the Red Devil’s include Pogba who missed France’s Euro qualifier against Albania and Andorra. Other notable concerns include Wan-Bissaka, Jesse Lingard, Antony Martial, and Luke Shaw. The Europa League starts next week; United need as much depth as possible to cover all the minutes in all the competitions they are playing in.

Leicester City has picked up at least a point in every match and are alongside Manchester City and Liverpool in doing so. The Foxes first match was a goalless stalemate against Wolves. An excellent performance did boost the confidence of Leicester in their second Premier League match against the Europa League winners Chelsea, coming from a goal behind to draw 1 – 1 at Stamford Bridge. In the next fixture, Harvey Barnes was the hero as he fired a screamer to give his side the first win of the season against newly-promoted side Sheffield United. Brendan Rodgers’s team’s most robust performance so far was their 3 – 1 win against Bournemouth in which Jamie Vardy scored a brace and Belgian, Youri Tielemans, bagged his first goal of the campaign.

Rodgers deserves a lot of credit for his coaching strategy that has seen him publicly wrapping his arms around Jamie Vardy and making him the focal point of the team and to introduce young players around him. The youngsters in the squad have done admirably with standout performances from England playmaker James Maddison and speedster Harvey Barnes. The departure of Harry Maguire has enabled the emergence of the Turkish defender, Caglar Soyuncu, who has stepped up to earn both the confidence of the coach as well as becoming a fan favourite.

Leicester City will have a significant advantage, fielding their best eleven with United struggling with numerous fitness issues to key players. The man to watch would be the most expensive defender Harry Maguire and how he handles the pressure against a side that knows more about him than his current team-mates.


Team News

Now the transfer window is closed; United will be hoping for more committed displays from Paul Pogba who was courted by Real Madrid all summer.

Alexis Sanchez joins Romelu Lukaku at Inter Milan on a loan deal but has surprised many making it statement he has no intentions of coming back to the Theatre of Dreams.

The Foxes next four fixtures are daunting, as well as the visit to Old Trafford; they have two consecutive home fixtures against Tottenham and Newcastle, followed by a visit to Anfield.

Leicester City sit third in the Premier League table, they have had two wins and two draws in their last four Premier League matches.


Expected Line-Ups:

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Manchester United(4-3-3): De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindeloef, Maguire, Young, McTominay, Pogba, Pereira, Mata, James, Rashford
Subs: Romero, Tuanzebe, Fred, Rojo, Matic, Greenwood, Lingard, Chong
Injured: Lindeloef, Bailly, Dalot
Doubtful: Shaw, Martial, Pogba
Not available: Young
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Leicester (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel, Pereira, Soyuncu, Evans, Chilwell, Ndidi, Tielemans, Maddison, Albrighton, Barnes, Vardy
Subs: Ward, Justin, Fuchs, Choudhury, Praet, Perez, Gray
Injured: Amartey, Morgan, James
Doubtful:
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Man United This Season Leicester City This Season
8th League Position 3rd
1 (0) Wins (away) 2 (1)
4 – 0 v Chelsea Biggest Win 3 – 1 v Bournemouth
2 (2) Draws (away) 2 (1)
1 – 2 Crystal Palace Biggest Defeat
James (3) Top Goal Scorer Vardy (3)
Y9, R0 Discipline Y1, R0
0 Failures to Score 1
25% Clean Sheets 25%
75% Both Teams to Score Games 75%
50% Over 2.5 Goals 50%
50% Under 2.5 Goals 50%
  • The two teams have faced each other 26 times the two have met in the Premier League; Manchester United have a commanding 17 wins against Leicester’s two wins, with the teams sharing the spoils seven times.
  • The hosts have not lost against their visitors in the last ten matches winning seven and drawing 3. They have won four and drawn one of the previous five meetings.
  • United are the highest-scoring team out of the two with seven goals meanwhile Leicester City have managed 6 with Pogba and Maddison leading the assists tally with two assists each.
  • Leicester have created an average of 1.5 chances created per match compared to United’s 1.25 chances created.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
03/02/2019 EPL Leicester City 0 – 1 Man United Rashford 9’
10/08/2018 EPL Man United 2 – 1 Leicester City Pogba 3′
23/12/2017 EPL Leicester City 2 – 2 Man United Vardy 27′
26/08/2017 EPL Man United 2 – 0 Leicester City Rashford 70’
05/02/2017 EPL Leicester City 0 – 3 Man United Mkhitaryan 42’

Conclusion & Betting Tips

Leicester City are in good form under the stewardship of Brendan Rodgers, while Man United since their excellent if not fortunate 4 – 0 win at Frank Lampard’s Chelsea on matchday one are struggling for results. The defining strategy in the match will be who executes the counter-attack better in the game. Leicester have the threat of Vardy, Barnes and Perez while Rashford, James, and Martial (if fit) are likely to be United’s outlet. The creative midfield battle is also set to be a significant matchup with Paul Pogba up against England maestro James Maddison. The promises to be an entertaining encounter with great battles all over the pitch and is likely to have plenty of goals in it. Over 2.5 goals would appear a sensible bet, and a draw is a distinct possibility. The adventurous among you might be tempted to back Jamie Vardy to score two goals; this is available @ 17/2 at bet365.