Leicester vs Manchester United ; Match Preview, Head to Head, Match Predictions
High-flying Manchester United will be looking to close the gap on Leicester City when they travel to the King Power Stadium for this Premier League Boxing Day clash.
With 26 points from 13 games, the Red Devils are just a point behind the Foxes with a game in hand. Manchester United have the chance to displace Leicester from second position with a victory on Saturday.
Leicester, meanwhile, have also been impressive in the English top-flight. They have registered the joint-most wins in the league at this stage (seven) alongside champions Liverpool. On the flip side, they’ve also lost the most games by any side in the top half of the table (five).
Leicester had a slight wobble between November 22 and December 3 as they lost three of their four matches in all competitions, but the former English champions have won four of their last five.
The Foxes bounced back from a 2-0 home defeat to Everton on December 16 by winning 2-0 at Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, but the team’s home form has been slightly concerning, winning three and losing four of their seven top-flight fixtures at the King Power Stadium.
There is no question that the hosts have the tools to harm United on Boxing Day, but the Foxes have lost each of their last four Premier League matches with the Red Devils, while they have not beaten the 20-time English champions since a 5-3 success in September 2014.
Jamie Vardy is fit, though, with the experienced striker overcoming the groin issue that he picked up during the win over Tottenham. As a result, Vardy should lead the line with support from James Maddison and Ashley Barnes in the forward areas.
Leicester City possible starting lineup:
Schmeichel; Fofana, Evans, Fuchs; Albrighton, Ndidi, Tielemans, Justin; Barnes, Vardy, Maddison
United’s Premier League form has been excellent, though, winning six of their last seven, remaining unbeaten in the process; a record of eight wins, two draws and three defeats from 13 matches has brought them 26 points, which is enough for third spot in the table with a game in hand.
The Red Devils are only five points behind leaders Liverpool and have recently been mentioned as possible title contenders, which is incredible considering their struggles in the early stages of the campaign.
United head into this one on the back of three consecutive wins in all competitions and the Reds haven’t been beaten in the last seven league outings. Ole’s men have also excelled on the road this term by winning every away league encounter in 2020/21, a record they will aim to extend on Boxing Day.
A win on Saturday would be the Reds’ 11th consecutive league victory on the road, which would equal a Premier League record. Chelsea (April-December 2008) and Manchester City (May-December 2017) jointly hold that record at present, and Ole hopes we can match their efforts. It’s a run that stretches back to their second away game after the lockdown period earlier this year, when they beat Brighton & Hove Albion 3-0 at the the Amex Stadium in June.
Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial
Head to Head
These sides have met 130 times across all competitions, with Manchester United winning 68 games to hold an overwhelming advantage, compared to Leicester City’s meager 33.
- Over 2.5 goals
- Rashford/Vardy 0.5 goals
- CS 1-2