Preview - Leicester City vs Manchester United 03 February 19

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Match Day 25
Leicester City vs. Manchester United
Sunday, February 3rd 2019
22:05am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: King Power Stadium

Leicester City: 
Last five matches form: L W L L D
Average goals per match: 1.25
Average goals against per match: 1.25
Top Scorer: Jamie Vardy (7)

Manchester United:
Last five matches form: W W W W D
Average goals against per match: 2.00
Average goals against per match: 1.46
Top Scorer: Paul Pogba (9)

Leicester City spoilt Liverpool's party in midweek when taking a point away from Anfield and preventing the Reds from moving seven points clear at the top of the table. Next up they aim to throw a spanner into the works of Manchester United's Champion's League ambitions as the Red Devils come to the King Power Stadium on Match Day 25.

Manchester United came out on top in the reverse of this fixture when beating Leicester 2-1 at Old Trafford on the opening day of the season. The sides played out a 2-2 draw in this game last season.

Daniel Amartey looks like being the sole absentee for Leicester City. Manchester United will be without Marcos Rojo and Marouane Fellaini.

That was a good performance from Leicester to keep Liverpool largely contained, and one they will be looking to build on. They have actually won more away games than home games this season though, with four victories from eleven being a slightly disappointing return here at the King Power.

Manchester United are no longer perfect under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - with their eight-game winning streak coming to an end when drawing at home to Burnley - but they are still unbeaten. United are seeking their fourth away win on the spin here having seen off Cardiff City Newcastle United and Tottenham Hostpur on their three most recent road trips. They have impressively scored in every away game so far this season.

The onus will be on Leicester City to attack here, but that will likely play right into the hands of Manchester United who are devastating on the counter at present. Away win.

Prediction: Leicester City 1 - 2 Manchester United


Half time:  0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots:  16 - 9
Shots on target: 7 - 7
Corner Kicks: 7 - 2
Possession: 48% - 52%

Four bookings for each side at the King Power Stadium. Jamie Vardy, Nampalys Mendy, Rachid Ghezzal and Wilfred Ndidi all seeing yellow for Leicester, with Jesse Lingard, Nemanja Matic, Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial of Manchester United also having their names taken by referee Mike Dean.

Not much to separate these sides at all on the stats. Manchester United have been behind on the metrics a few times in recent games though and still come away with the points, and managed to do so again here as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's unbeaten time at the helm continued.

United certainly started on the front foot here and had already gone close through a Marcus Rashford header prior to taking the lead in just the ninth minute. Rashford really ought to have scored with that headed effort but made no mistake here. Excellent lofted through-ball from Paul Pogba playing Rashford clean through in the area slightly to the right, smart control and a lashed finish into the bottom left corner from around twelve yards and United were a goal to the good. No further scoring in the opening 45 minutes.

Leicester had the better of the chances in the second half as they sought an equaliser, but were never really able to create anything clear cut. Jamie Vardy forcing a save with an acrobatic volley from the centre of the area, and Rachid Ghezzal seeing a top-corner bound free kick thwarted by the United keeper. 0-1 final score.

With Arsenal losing to Manchester City, Manchester United now move up to fifth in the standings and two points adrift of fourth placed Chelsea in the race for the Champions League. Leicester slip down to eleventh spot.

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