Manchester United Travel to Leicester’s King Power Stadium
Last updated: October 13, 2021 by Leon Marshal
|Venue:||King Power Stadium|
|Coverage:||Not on UK TV|
|Last Meeting:||Man Utd 1 – 2 Leicester|
With the International break over, we turn our attention back to the Premier League, and our featured game is the interesting clash between Leicester City and Manchester United. By their standards, Leicester are having a poor start to the season, with just one win in five. United have already dropped points in four league games. Join us as we preview the game.
The league table doesn’t make for happy viewing if you are a Leicester City fan; eight points from seven games puts the Foxes in 13th and nestled between Crystal Palace and Wolves. So they are already eight points off the pace and six points shy of a Champions League spot.
Anticipation was high at the King Power Stadium this season after claiming the FA Cup last season and beating champions Manchester City in the Charity Shield in the traditional curtain-raiser in August.
They won their first game, 1-0 at home to Wolves, thanks to a Jamie Vardy goal after 41 minutes, but fell to a heavy defeat in their next game, a 4-1 loss away at West Ham. Their cause was not helped after going behind midway through the first half when Ayoze Pérez was shown a red card before the break.
The Foxes won their next game 2-1 away at Norwich, but they have failed to pick up three points since, losing 1-0 at home to Manchester City, losing 2-1 at Brighton, drawing 2-2 with Burnley. They also drew 2-2 in their last game before the international break against Crystal Palace. They have also been disappointing in the Europa League. A 2-2 draw against Napoli was a credible result in their first game, but it was followed by a 1-0 loss against Legia Warszawa. After the United game, they face a potentially tricky trip to Russia to play Spartak Moscow.
It’s no surprise to see Jamie Vardy leading the table of Leicester’s goalscorers. The 34-year-old has scored six in seven, including the winner against Wolves, a goal and an assist in the 2-1 win at Norwich and a brace in the 2-2 draw with Burnley. This season, the other three goalscorers are Kelechi Iheanacho, Marc Albrighton and Youri Tielemans, who have all scored one goal.
Manchester United went into the international break in fourth place, level on points with neighbours City in third and two points away from the early leaders Chelsea.
However, the feel-good factor surrounding the team after Christiano Ronaldo’s re-signing has somewhat dissipated after a shock 2-1 defeat by European minnows Young Boys, being knocked out of the Carabao Cup by West Ham and losing in the league to Aston Villa.
Although United won their second game in the Champions League 2-1 against Villareal thanks to a 94th-minute goal by Ronaldo, the decision to rest him in the next game against Everton backfired with United lucky to escape with a 1-1 draw. Worryingly for United fans, Ronaldo did not attempt to disguise his disgust at the result, heading straight down the tunnel after the draw.
United has already dropped points in three games: a 1-1 draw with Southampton, the 1-0 defeat by Aston Villa at Old Trafford, and the 1-1 draw with Everton before the break. And while they have had a couple of good results, such as beating Leeds United 5-1 and Newcastle United 4-1, the Red Devils are struggling with consistency. A worrying sign as they have a nightmare run of fixtures. After Leicester, they play Atlanta in the Champions League then play Liverpool, Tottenham, Atlanta again before the visit of their noisy neighbours Manchester City.
Bruno Fernandes leads the scoring charts with four goals in seven appearances, just one more than Ronaldo (who has started three games and one as a substitute). Mason Greenwood has also scored three goals but hasn’t scored since getting the winner against Wolves at the end of August. Jesse Lingard has scored two, and Anthony Martial and Fred have a goal each.
Fred and Cavani are unlikely to feature after arriving back late from international duty.
James Justin and Wilfred Ndidi are both long-term injuries and are expected to be out till November. Wesley Fofana is also sidelined.
Former Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has been out with plantar fasciitis and could return against his old club.
Raphael Varane was injured in the Nations League final on Sunday and could be out for a few weeks.
Harry Maguire could make his return to the United side, as could Marcus Rashford and Amad Diallo Traore.
|Leicester (4-4-2):||Schmeichel, Bertrand, Vestergaard, Söyüncü, Castagne, Barnes, Tielemans, Choudhury, Lookman, Vardy, Iheanacho|
|Subs:||Soumaré, Maddison, Albrighton, Pérez, Daka, Dewsbury-Hall, Amartey, Pereira, Ward|
|Injured:||Justin, Ndidi, Fofana|
|Man United (4-2-3-1):||De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Bailly, Shaw, McTominay, Pogba, Greenwood, Fernandes, Martial, Ronaldo|
|Subs:||Sancho, de Beek, Lingard, Matic, Telles, Henderson, Rashford|
|Doubtful:||Maguire, Traore, Fred, Cavani|
So Far This Season
|Leicester This Season||United This Season|
|2 (1)||Wins (away)||4 (2)|
|2 – 1 v Norwich||Biggest Win||5 – 1 v Leeds|
|2 (1)||Draws (away)||2 (1)|
|1 – 4 v West Ham||Biggest Defeat||0 – 1 v Aston Villa|
|Vardy (6)||Top Goal Scorer||Fernandes (4)|
|Y10, R1||Discipline||Y12, R0|
|1||Failures to Score||1|
|71%||Both Teams to Score Games||71%|
|71%||Over 2.5 Goals||43%|
|29%||Under 2.5 Goals||57%|
- In the last six games between the two, Leicester has had the upper hand with three wins, two United wins and a draw.
- Leicester City has conceded at least two goals in their last three Premier League games.
- Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 29 Premier League games, a league record.
- United had a long unbeaten run against Leicester that went all the way back to 2014 before back-to-back defeats last season.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|11/05/2021||Premier League||Man United 1 – 2 Leicester||Thomas 10’|
|21/03/2021||FA Cup||Leicester 3 – 1 Man United||Iheanacho 24’|
|26/12/2021||Premier League||Leicester 2 – 2 Man United||Rashford 23’|
|26/07/2020||Premier League||Leicester 0 – 2 Man United||Fernandes 71’|
|14/09/2019||Premier League||Man United 1 – 0 Leicester||Rashford 8’|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
Leicester urgently needs points if they are to challenge for Champions League qualification after narrowly missing out in the last two campaigns. Therefore, United could be the ideal opposition for the Foxes in many ways, with Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s team also lacking in confidence. Jamie Vardy is in fine goalscoring form, and with a reshuffle in the opposition’s defence, it could be his day to shine.
United paid the price for inconsistency last season, and although it is early days, they never seem more than a couple of matches away from another crisis in this campaign. The managers’ decision to start the game against Everton with Christiano Ronaldo on the bench looks like it was a huge mistake, especially when he managed to score four goals in two games for Portugal in the international break, including a hat-trick against Luxembourg.
Although United @ 1/1 are favourites with the hosts priced @ 5/1, with so much at stake for both teams, a high scoring draw wouldn’t be a total surprise. A 2-2 draw is available at 888sport @ 14/1. Ronaldo to score anytime @ 5/6 and Vardy to score anytime @ 2/1 also appeals.