Leicester City vs. Manchester United: Premier League – Match Preview

Two of the Premier League’s top four kick the Boxing Day weekend off when they meet as Leicester City host Manchester United.

Leicester City recorded an impressive 2-0 win away to Tottenham last weekend, with Jamie Vardy opening the scoring from the penalty spot.

Vardy was involved in the second as his knock down was converted into his own goal by Toby Alderweireld.

Manchester United are enjoying a good run of form and thrashed Leeds United 6-2 last weekend with both Scott McTominay and Bruno Fernandes scoring twice.

They also progressed into the semi-finals of the EFL Cup with a 2-0 win at Everton thanks to late goals from Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial.

Premier League form: Leicester City W3 D0 L2; Manchester United W4 D1 L0
Premier League top scorers
Leicester City – Jamie Vardy 11 goals
Manchester United – Bruno Fernandes 9 goals

Match history
Manchester United won both meetings last term, including a 2-0 win on the final day that secured Champions League football at Leicester City’s expense.

United have won the last four between the two and the Foxes’ last win came back in 2014.

Last five Premier League meetings
Leicester City 0 Manchester United 2 – 26/07/20
Manchester United 1 Leicester City 0 – 14/09/20
Leicester City 0 Manchester United 1 – 03/02/19
Manchester United 2 Leicester City 1 – 10/08/18
Leicester City 2 Manchester United 2 – 23/12/17

Team news
Vardy came off injured against Spurs, however is expected to be fine for this one.

Timothy Castagne returned in the win over Spurs and is likely to keep his spot ahead of Marc Albrighton.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka missed the cup win over Everton, however should be fine to return for the trip to Loeicester.

Daniel James did well against Leeds United, but will likely drop to the bench.

Expected starting XI’s
Leicester City (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Justin, Fofana, Evans, Castagne; Ndidi, Tielemans; Under, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw; Fred, Pogba; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial

Predictions

Result: Draw
Both sides are in good form and it the draw looks the most likely result here

Correct Score: 1-1
There have been under 2.5 goals in the last three meetings between the two teams

Anytime Goalscorer: Bruno Fernandes
Bruno Fernandes has an incredible record on the road for Manchester United and will look to add to his nine league goals

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