Preview and Prediction
The Foxes and The Red Devils are some of the few teams in their positive trend lately. The former has won four out of six games in all competitions while the latter has been unbeaten in the last seven games. They both are even sitting on second and third of the table respectively separated by one point only. This weekend both will be squaring off on the Boxing Day fixture.
The teams’ previous games
Leicester picked up a massive win over Tottenham on the road. They dismantled Mourinho’s men 2-0. Jamie Vardy’s penalty opened the scoring while Toby Alderweireld’s own goal extended their lead. This result bumped them to the second entailing Liverpool while Spurs was sloping out of the top five.
Manchester United also snatched a win in a big score. They trashed Leeds United 6-2 at their home turf. The Scottish international Scott McTominay and Bruno Fernandes bagged a brace while the remaining two goals were scored by Viktor Lindelof and Daniel James. Leeds only netted two consolation goals by Liam Cooper and Stuart Dallas.
Brendan Rodgers might be deploying 4-2-3-1 again with the transition to 4-3-3. Jamie Vardy is still featuring as the main frontman while James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and Marc Albrighton or Dennis Praet could support them from behind. Praet and Albrighton may drop off to help the defence when necessary. On the injury table, only Caglar Soyuncu and Ricardo Perreira are sidelined.
His junior counterpart, Ole Solksjaer, is likely to be in favour of 3-4-2-1 or 4-2-3-1 form more offensive option. Bruno Fernandes is still the irreplaceable key man in their attack as the number-ten role behind Anthony Martial. Edison Cavani and Scott McTominay, unfortunately, are ruled out for suspension and injury. Daniel James could occupy the left wing swapping role with Rashford on the right flank.
Players to watch
Besides the main scorer Jamie Vardy with 11 goals and four assists so far, some other top performers in Premier League are the 20-year old defender Wesley Fofana, who has been the regular one in the line up and made 10 appearances so far, and the Belgian international who has been on the radar of Barcelona and Real Madrid, Youri Tielemans.
Meanwhile, Bruno Fernandes’s contribution this season is still the highest, just like last season. He has notched up nine goals and provided five assists in the Premier League. Another notable name to watch is their new signing, Alex Telles.
Leicester vs Manchester United Prediction
Jamie Vardy and Co would like to avenge their loss at the final game of last season which cost their chance to play in the Champions League. However, it is certainly not easy despite playing at home. The key would be closing down Bruno Fernandes and isolate Marcus Rashford on the far side. If they could do the same to them as in the previous outing to Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min, The Foxes might have a chance to seal another win here.
It is surely one of the mouth watering matches considering their last forms. The host’s win market is at 2/1, whereas The Red Devils are backed to win at 6/4. The odds for the draw result are at the value of 27/10.