After enjoying a shock 5-3 triumph in the same fixture last term, Leicester City failed to win any of next 13 league fixtures, but having fought for their lives at the time, they now head into the game looking down on the Red Devils from the Premier League summit. Manchester United showed a lot of character to beat Watford at Vicarage Road, but following the goalless draw with PSV in midweek, Louis van Gaal’s charges cannot exactly head to King Power Stadium as clear favourites.
Some eight months ago, Leicester City sat deep in the relegation zone, probably preparing for the Championship, but a remarkable run of seven wins in last nine games saw the Foxes ultimately secure Premiership survival. Riding on that very wave and buoyed by the arrival of Claudio Ranieri, the King Power Stadium outfit enjoyed a memorable start to the new Premier League campaign, winning 8 of first 13 fixtures to climb to the top of the standings. And while the entire team have got to take credit for the amazing results, the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy clearly stand heada nd shoulders above the rest, with top European clubs now after their signatures. The 28-year-old, who has 13 goals in as many league games this season, will break Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in ten successive matches, and the England hotshot is 4/1 enhanced odds to score in his 11th consective match. Vardy is expected to start despite struggling with a hip problem, with Matty James the only casualty at the moment. With Leicester having nothing to lose, albeit very motivated to help their star player make the history books and at the same time extend the amazing start, we believe there is absolutely no chance of Claudio Ranieri discarding his positive approach that has worked so well this far.
Never have one team been so close to the top of the standings and endured so much criticism at the same time, but Manchester United are probably world leaders in this category. Louis van Gaal did manage to patch up the leaky defence, with the team conceding mere 9 goals in 13 matches, but this has had a major effect on his side’s attacking performances. The Red Devils have struggled in build-up play and the final third from the very start to the season and there has been no tangible improvement in that area. Anthony Martial has probably been the only bright spot so far, and no doubt he has been sorely missed over the last few weeks. The good news is that Martial, Rooney and Fellaini all returned into action in midweek, and with Memphis Depay looking bright of late, maybe Manchester United can finally produce an attacking performance that everybody desires. There have not been too many goals scored in their latest matches, but with Leicester City aiming to attack from the off, the visitors will have no option but to arrive with a positive mindset and look for every opportunity they get to punish the Foxes on the break. The visitors still have plenty of unavailable footballers, with Phil Jones, Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera, Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw all out injured.
Buoyed by the four-match winning run and the current position in the standings, Leicester City can be trusted to continue to dazzle, with record-chasing Jamie Vardy and usual suspect Riyad Mahrez likely to give Man Utd defenders a run for their money. The Red Devils will be hoping to make amends for the PSV setback and climb to the top of the standings, so we can easily see goals galore at King Power Stadium.
Verdict: Over 2.5 goals
Best Odds: 21/20
Bookmaker: William Hill