Again, Manchester United will be looking to delay the inevitable coronation at the other side of the divide when they face Leicester City here, but Leicester will be majorly concerned after seeing their bid for a top-four finish take another big hit.
Premier League 2020/2021
Kick-off: 6:00 pm
Venue: Old Trafford
United characteristically came from behind to snatch a 3-1 win at Aston Villa last Sunday, with goals from Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood and Edison Cavani ensuring they ‘stayed’ in the title race mathematically.
Thus, they now welcome Leicester to Old
Trafford, having won six of their last seven top-flight games, suggesting they are in rude form.
However, a tough-looking run of three matches in the space of five days could threaten to dent their hot streak, particularly with Liverpool visiting here on Thursday, just 48 hours after what is expected to be a big battle between them and the Foxes.
Leicester will not relish coming up against their latest opposition, to say the least. Only once had they managed a victory in all of their last 22 visits to this ground (D5, L16)
That said, Brendan Rodgers side had almost no answer last time out, and could only watch as Newcastle stormed to a 4-2 win, their third loss in their last six games, despite Marc Albrighton and Kelechi Iheanacho threatening a comeback.
Having collapsed late on last term to drop out of the Champions League places, the Foxes will be desperate to avoid a repeat. Fortunately, their fate is still very much in their hands as at least five points separates them from West Ham who occupy the fifth spot.
Harry Maguire pulled up with an ankle injury last time out versus Villa and will join Phil Jones, Anthony Martial and Daniel James on the sidelines.
There will be no risking Johnny Evans who injured himself in warm-up prior to the Magpies defeat.
James Justin, Harvey Barnes and Wes Morgan are all still out.
Manchester United’s last five PL games: W W W D W
Leicester City last five PL games: L W W D L
Manchester United have won all three of their topflight games on a Tuesday this term, scoring just one shy of a dozen goals and conceding none.
Leicester City are unbeaten in 11 of their last 12 away games in the Premier League.
Leicester have not had the going easy when visiting Old Trafford over the years, but will not get a better time than now that Solksjaer’s side are fatigued to end the hoodoo. The odds are still against them despite the circumstances though, but we like to think the tricky Foxes will take the game to their hesitant opponent.
We like to think this will be a cagey affair though, so punters might want to back the honours to be even at halftime and full-time here for a quite sizeable odd of 9/2.
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