Leicester City play host to Manchester United this weekend at the King Power Stadium in a surprise top of the table clash.
No one could have predicted that Leicester would have the kind of season they are having now. They are top of the league, have the top goal scorer in Jamie Vardy and have scored the most number of goals this season so far. They certainly have exceeded expectations. It took them 32 games last season to reach the same point’s tally they have right now after just 13 games. Improvement! As a result they head into this clash with Manchester United in a bid to further extend their lead at the top and prove that this is no flash in the pan. They have lost only once in the league.
Manchester United head into this game on the back of disappointing goalless draw against PSV in the Champions League which makes their qualification to the next round still uncertain until the last game of the group in a fortnight’s time.
United welcomed back captain Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial to the squad but both could do nothing to inspire the team to victory on Wednesday night.
The Red Devils have been criticized in recent times for their lack of goals and cutting edge in the final third and if they are to influence this game against Leicester City that has to improve drastically. United boast the best defense in the league- conceding only nine goals in 13 games so far this season.
Jamie Vardy scored in the last game for the Foxes to equal Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in 10 consecutive Barclays Premier League matches. He could break that record against the Dutchman’s former club to become the outright record holder and how poetic that would be.
In this fixture last season United were leading 3-1 before Leicester shocked them and came from behind to win it 5-3.
It’s the leagues meanest defense against the best attacking team. This is sure to be an enthralling encounter.
For now Leicester City fans must be pinching themselves and hoping they never have to wake up from this dream. A win would definitely ensure that.
- Jamie Vardy will be chasing a new record as the only player to score in 11 consecutive matches in the league. He will be leading the line for Leicester City in the starting lineup.
- Riyad Mahrez who has also been a revelation this season is set to keep his place in midfield for the Foxes.
- Martial, Rooney and Felliani who all missed the trip to Vicarage Road last week through injury and illness are back in the squad.
- Revitalized Chris Smalling will hope to continue his fine form at the back alongside Blind with Jones still out.
- Foxes coach Claudio Ranieri who admitted that he was really looking forward to this game will be hoping his team can keep consecutive clean sheets for the first time this season.
- United’s change in formation last week was much lauded albeit necessitated by injury. With players back from injury it will be interesting to see how Van Gaal will tinker that formation after the abject show in midweek.
- Memphis Depay who is clearly finding settling into the English game quite hard is an unlikely starter even though he impressed last week with a goal at Watford.
- Leicester player Ulloa is set to start from the bench.
- Mark Albrighton- another big performer for Leicester this season will be starting this game.
- Ander Herrera is still out with an injury and is a doubt for this trip.
- Juan Mata who made a six minute cameo in midweek against PSV will be back in the starting lineup this weekend.
- Darmian played in midweek ahead of Ashley Young and might continue in the starting role.
Leicester City have gone beyond expectations this season. They are the underdogs in this match despite being on top and hence are under less pressure. The onus is on United to show their title credentials after stuttering performances which have just been taking them across the finishing line thus far in terms of results. They will wary not to underestimate their opponents- after all they are the league leaders and the table does not lie. The best team is always on top. This is sure to be a cracker!
ITS SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL AND KICK OFF IS AT 17:30 GMT.