English Premier League
Kick Off: Saturday, 14 September at 7.30 PM IST
Stadium: Old Trafford
Free English Premier League Picks Manchester United vs. Leicester City
Leicester City will look to maintain their unbeaten record when they visit Old Trafford to take on Manchester United on Saturday in the Premier League. United have their task cut out, as a Leicester win should not come as a surprise. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side need a win having lost three games in a row, in their last 13 encounters United have won only three matches. Should Leicester avoid defeat at Man Utd, it would be only the second time in the last 19 seasons the Foxes have gone unbeaten in their first five league games of a season – they went on to win the Premier League title in the other (2015-16 – W3 D2 L0). Since Brendan Rodgers’ first Premier League game in charge on March 3rd, only Liverpool (40) and Man City (37) have won more points than Leicester City (25).
Manchester United are in trouble just a month into the season, failing to win in each of their last three games against Wolves, Palace and Southampton has increased pressure on manager Solskjaer. The Red Devils, conceded a goal after taking the lead with a superb goal from Daniel James. Man Utd’s Marcus Rashford has scored three Premier League goals against Leicester – against no side does he have more in the competition. Only Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne (13) has created more chances in open-play than Manchester United’s Paul Pogba (11) this season, with the Frenchman top of this category since Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s first game in charge in December 2018 (48). United head into the game with injury concerns – both Pogba and Aaron Wan-Bissaka were sidelined through injury while on international duties. Anthony Martial is expected to start in the starting line up.
There’s no denying that the foxes are moving in the right direction, with the experience of Rodgers Leicester City would hope to reach new heights this season. The Foxes are on a run, sitting third in the table behind Liverpool and City – consistency is the key if they are to finish in the top four. Jamie Vardy’s form is another positive for Leicester, the Englishmen has scored three goals so far and looks set to stay in the top 3 goal scorers this season. Leicester have won just one of their last 20 league games against Man Utd (D4 L15), coming from behind to win 5-3 at home in September 2014. Captain Morgan has recovered from a back injury and looks set to return.
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Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers’ only previous Premier League victory at Old Trafford was with Liverpool in March 2014 (3-0). He could become just the third manager to win away at Man Utd in the competition with two different clubs, after Martin O’Neill (Leicester and Aston Villa) and Rafael Benitez (Liverpool and Chelsea).
Man Utd winger Daniel James could become only the second Red Devils player to score in his first three Premier League appearances at Old Trafford – the other was his current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær in September 1996.
Manchester United have lost three of their last five Premier League games at Old Trafford (W1 D1), as many as they had lost in their previous 52 at Old Trafford (W32 D17 L3).
Manchester United 1 – 2 Leicester City