Unlike many other Premier League (PL) teams outside the top-six, Leicester thrive against elite opposition, taking two wins and a draw from their last three meetings with teams in the current top six. However, they’ve taken more points away (1.38) than home (1.27) so far.
Furthermore (at home) they have only been in front at half-time twice – the (joint) second-lowest number in the home league table. Their recent home league record (W2, L3) also suggests that this will go one way or the other, and in entertaining fashion, as eight of the last ten H2Hs (in all competitions) have seen both teams score.
Meanwhile, Manchester United suffered their first blip under the for-now temporary reign of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in midweek. Tuesday’s 2-2 draw at home against Burnley was a huge disappointment, but they enter this round on the back of eight wins and a draw under the Norwegian tactician, just two points away from a top-four spot.
Very much the form team in the league (W4, D1), United have been smashing the goals in since getting rid of Jose Mourinho, finding the net in all nine matches of Solskjaer’s reign so far. More specifically, they are currently scoring 2.67 goals per match on average under Solskjaer.
Players to watch: Jamie Vardy scored in the reverse fixture, and has seven PL goals for Leicester so far. Paul Pogba, meanwhile, is a Red Devil ready to unleash hell – he’s got six goals in his last six PL matches.
Stat attack: The last five PL matches at the King Power stadium have produced an average of 3.6 yellow and 0.5 red cards.
Three goals or more have been seen in 79.17% of Manchester United’s PL matches this season – the highest percentage in the league.
Two-thirds (six) of Solskjaer’s first nine matches have seen both teams score.
Will not play
Referee: Dean M. (Eng),
Venue: King Power Stadium (Leicester)