Ace Football previews the Premier League match between Manchester United and Leicester City and offers betting tips, odds, line-ups, and team news.
Manchester United welcome Champions League hopefuls Leicester City to Old Trafford on Tuesday night for a Premier League match.
The second-placed hosts plan to delay Manchester City’s title celebrations by nicking all three points, while Leicester desperately seek a return to winning ways to hold on to their top-four spot.
But with three fixtures in only seven days, United have a tough call to make. Will they go all out against Leicester? Or save their best for Liverpool on Thursday? It’s an almost impossible scenario and could tip the scales in the visitors’ favor.
Manchester United Form & Stats
Three second-half goals from Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood, and Edinson Cavani completed a superb 3-1 comeback win over Aston Villa last weekend after Bertrand Traore’s opener.
The result at Villa Park guaranteed a Premier League top-four finish and delayed Manchester City’s title parade.
But while overcoming a 10-point gap to the league leaders with only four games left is unlikely, United can move one step closer to sealing a runners-up spot by beating Leicester.
Three points should be possible given that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are on a five-match winning run at Old Trafford in all competitions. They also haven’t lost at home since the end of January. The only thing that could spoil the recent streak is a grueling run of fixtures, with Liverpool awaiting 48 hours later.
Key Team Stats
- Won their last 4 home league games against Leicester City.
- Aiming for 5 consecutive home league wins for the first time since March 2018 under Jose Mourinho.
- Won 10 league games after conceding the first goal this season.
- Over 2.5 goals in 4 of their last 5 league games.
- BTTS in 4 of their last 5 league games.
- Marcus Rashford has scored 5 goals in 10 league games against Leicester City.
- Bruno Fernandes has made 44 goal contributions in 54 appearances in all competitions (27 goals, 17 assists).
Leicester City Form & Stats
A 4-2 home loss to Newcastle last week saw Leicester slip down to fourth in the Premier League. They were uncharacteristically poor in defense and deservedly crashed to a defeat.
The memory of last season’s collapse will no doubt be on the player’s minds. The tell-tale signs of how Leicester missed out of a top-four spot on the final day in 2019/20 are slowly reappearing, despite spending most of the season in the zone.
Everton’s 1-0 win over fifth-placed West Ham, however, has eased the pressure. So, with a five-point gap in their advantage, Brendan Rodgers may opt for some changes, especially with the FA Cup final coming up on Saturday.
It’s also worth noting the Foxes have struggled on the road recently, having won only two of their last seven away games (D4 L1), and they’ve struggled to beat Manchester United in the past.
Key Team Stats
- Won only 2 of their last 29 league games against Manchester United.
- Lost only 2 of their 17 away league games this season (W10 D5).
- BTTS in their last 5 away league games.
- Brendan Rodgers has lost 10 of his 14 games against Manchester United (W3 D1).
- Kelechi Iheanacho has scored 15 goals in his last 16 appearances in all competitions.
Out: Anthony Martial, Phil Jones, Daniel James, Harry Maguire.
Out: Harvey Barnes, James Justin, Wes Morgan.
Doubts: Jonny Evans.
(Note: The image will change to the official XI once they’re both announced)
Top Scorers in Premier League
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