Until last weekend, Leicester’s start to life under new boss Claude Puel had been everything the fans could have hoped for. Unbeaten in 8 games his team were flying, until Roy Hodgson and his Crystal Palace side arrived and claimed a stunning 3-0 victory.
The Foxes followed that up with an EFL Cup exit at hands of Manchester City on Wednesday night, but they must dust themselves down and prepare to go again ahead of Manchester United’s arrival at the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening.
The Reds’ manager Jose Mourinho claimed last week that the title race is far from over yet, and he will be desperate for his side to claim victory here and keep some form of pressure on their cross-city rivals.
A tough challenge for Leicester then, and one in which they will only come out on top with the right team selection. This is the XI we expect Puel to go with:
|PLAYER||% MINS PLD||GLS||AST.|
|0||0||2 / 0|
|0||0||1 / 0|
|0||0||2 / 0|
|1||4||3 / 0|
|0||0||0 / 0|
|0||0||0 / 0|
|1||2||1 / 0|
|6||4||0 / 0|
|4||1||2 / 0|
|1||3||2 / 0|
|8||1||1 / 0|
|Totals||21||15||14 / 0|
|LINE-UP COMBINED RECORD|
|LAST MATCH - 16 Dec 2017|
0 - 3
|0 - 1|
|0 - 2|
|0 - 3|
|TOTAL PREMIER LEAGUE EXPERIENCE|
Harry Maguire has impressed many since his move to Leicester, and his partnership with Wes Morgan will be vital here. The pair have started 18 times together thus far, keeping 6 clean sheets in the process.
Wilfred Ndidi and Vicente Iborra were the midfield pairing for the Foxes last weekend, and they look set to keep their place despite the disappointing result. With 4 flying attackers on the pitch, their discipline will play a big part in the outcome of the game.
Jamie Vardy may not have quite hit the heights so far this season, but his return of 8 goals is still very much credible at this stage in the season. He has scored against Manchester United on multiple occasions previously, and will be confident of doing so again given the right service.
Overall, it’s a strong Leicester side that is capable of giving anyone in the Premier League a stern test. Whatever the outcome, however, one thing that looks guaranteed is goals. With odds of 33/1 on a goal to be scored in the game available to new Coral customers, there can be few easier wins on this weekend’s action.
KickOff’s all-new Acca Smacker uses our unique predictive algorithm to give Manchester United a 50% chance of triumphing, compared to just 24% for Leicester. It looks set to be a tough match, but United are favourites and rightly so.
This is backed up in the ‘Form Stats’ tab. Using 18 key data points, 9 attacking and 9 defensive, from the past 10 games for each side, KickOff compares the two sides and finds that United come out on top in 12 of them to Leicester’s 3. It’s a big gap and one that gives a strong indication of where the points may be headed here.