Stadium: King Power Stadium, Leicester

League: English Premier League

Kick off: Sunday, 2nd February 2019, 14:05

What channel? Sky Sports Premier League from 1pm and Sky Sports Main Event from 2pm


Two sides who viewed their respective drawn midweek matches very differently meet in the East Midlands as Leicester City entertain Manchester United.

The Red Devils remain unbeaten in all competitions (W8, D1) since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over from the ill-fated Jose Mourinho in December 2018. His winning run, however, came to an end with the draw against Burnley at Old Trafford in midweek although retrieving a point after being 2 – 0 down may have felt as good as a victory.

Solskjaer’s first game in charge saw them win 5 – 1 at Cardiff, one of three away fixtures which were all won. To date, that is the only goal conceded in the EPL during the Norwegian’s reign.

Despite Mourinho’s reputation, goals haven’t been in short supply. Fifteen of United’s last 18 EPL matches featured over 2.5 goals with six of the last seven seeing at least two goals scored by the Mancunians.

They face a Leicester side which is struggling at home, losing three of the last four. The one win in that run came against Manchester City on Boxing Day which capped off a great week having beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Since then, it’s one win in six overall (D1, L4) which suggests the Foxes are easily motivated for the big games. Goals are hard to come by; three scored at Wolves was the only time in the last ten Leicester scored more than one goal in a match. Indeed, just three of their last 15 matches saw over 2.5 goals.

Head-to-Head

Manchester United are unbeaten in the last nine meetings between the two clubs (W6, D3). Their last defeat against Leicester came in 2014, when the Foxes triumphed 5 – 3 at the King Power.

This is the sixth meeting at that stadium with United winning twice (D2, L1) and all but one meeting seeing three or more goals in total. It’s not a fixture Leicester fare well in; even during their title-winning season, United took a point. Last season’s draw, however, meant the Foxes had lost one of the last three (D2).

Leicester City Team News

Daniel Amartey is out for Claude Puel’s side but new signing Youri Tielemans is likely to feature from the bench having completed his move from Monaco on Thursday.

It remains to be seen if Puel will make any changes to the team which earned a creditable point at Anfield on Wednesday. Harry Maguire passed a late fitness test to start against Liverpool, but it remains to be seen if he has suffered any reaction. Wes Morgan, a substitute in midweek, stands by.

Right-back has been a troublesome position this season for Puel and he may decide Danny Simpson is a solution if Ricardo Pereira is pushed further forward.

Manchester United Team News

Marcos Rojo is the only confirmed absentee for this match but there are doubts surrounding three players.

Chris Smalling returned to the bench for the 2 – 2 draw with Burnley but after the Clarets display, may find himself back in the starting line-up.

Anthony Martial is expected to return to the matchday squad after injury forced him out of the Burnley clash while Jesse Lingard and Ander Herrera are set to be recalled after being rested.

The major concern surrounds Paul Pogba. He suffered a slight groin strain on Wednesday and a late decision will be made on his inclusion in the starting line-up.

Our Tip:

This a key match for Manchester United. Chelsea reclaimed the initiative in the race for the top four so United need to win to keep on their tails.

However, Leicester’s form against the top six this season is on the upturn. Having lost their first four of those games, they are unbeaten in three (W2, D1). We like the look of a draw in this match at 5/2 with Betfred.

Selected Odds

  • Leicester City to win: 27/10 with Unibet
  • Manchester United to win: 11/10 with Paddy Power
  • Alexis Sanchez, Anytime Goalscorer: 9/5 with Coral
  • Jamie Vardy, First Goalscorer: 11/2 with Bet365
  • 2 – 2 draw, correct score: 13/1 with BetVictor

Published by Stuart Stratford

Stuart is a freelance writer based in the UK with more than a dozen years experience. He previously worked with Daily Mail betting, 10bet, Betway, Come On and a number of other international bookmakers, as well as ITV and Goal. Contact Stuart at stuart@aclfarsenal.co.uk.

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