Latest EPL standings as well as fixtures and results are found below the predictions.
Manchester United continue their rage against the dying of the English Premier League light when they host top four rivals Leicester on Tuesday night.
Old Trafford is the venue with the home side needing three points and nothing less to delay the coronation of noisy neighbours Manchester City as EPL champions for a few more days.
Brendan Rodgers’ visitors, meanwhile, find themselves scrapping for a Champions League qualification spot thanks to a difficult last quarter of the campaign.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side extended their fine unbeaten run on Sunday when they came from behind to win 3-1 at Aston Villa.
Coupled with defeat at the hands of Chelsea for Pep Guardiola’s City, it left United ten points off top spot with a game in hand.
The only problem is that there will only be nine points left to play for following this top four tussle, with time fast running out to pull off a miracle.
A 48-hour turnaround will necessitate a shuffle of the pack for Solskjaer, who also has injury issues to deal with.
Anthony Martial continues his injury absence, while youngster Daniel James is also crocked.
Harry Maguire won’t be fir to line up against his former club either, thanks to the ankle injury he collected at the weekend.
Veteran Edinson Cavani and whiz kid Mason Greenwood will compete for a starting berth up front.
Leicester missed out on the chance to all but seal their top four place when they slipped to a 4-2 defeat against Newcastle at the King Power Stadium last Friday night.
It followed a draw at lowly Southampton seven days before, as Rodgers’ men limp towards the Premier League finish line.
West Ham, Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton are breathing down their necks in the continental squabble, while Chelsea went above the Foxes into third at the weekend thanks to their own fine sequence of results.
Jonny Evans mirrors Maguire’s problem in likely missing a reunion with his old employers after pulling up in the warm up last Friday.
James Justin and Wes Morgan are absentees from the Foxes’ backline, with young forward Harvey Barnes also forced to sit this one out.
Rodgers, like Solskjaer, has a balancing act in terms of his selection policy, with an FA Cup final date at Wembley looming large alongside their top four pursuit.
Manchester United vs Leicester: By the numbers
- Coming into this game, Manchester United has picked up 13 points from the last 5 games, both home and away. That’s 2.6 points per game on average. BTTS has landed in an intriguing 3 of those games. Manchester United has scored 9 times in the last 5 fixtures.
- Manchester United is in great form, and the home fans will be loving it. They have won the last 4 games that they have played at home.
- Superb stuff from Manchester United at home, where they are currently unbeaten in 6 games. Can they go another game without defeat?
- Leicester City’s defence will have to be at their best today if they’re to stop Manchester United from scoring. The home side has scored in the last 10 games in front of their own fans. They have failed to score in 3 home matches this season.
- Momentum is really building for Manchester United as they have now gone 13 games without losing. They have won 4 of the last 5 games they have played.
- Manchester United is unbeaten in the last 5 games coming into this fixture against Leicester City, having won 4 and drawn 1. They have scored 9 goals in those 5 games.
- In the last 5 matches for Manchester United, 3 of those games has ended with both teams scoring. This season 19 matches (58% of all matches) involving Manchester United has seen BTTS landing.
- Coming into this game, Leicester City has picked up 7 points from the last 5 games, both home and away. That’s 1.4 points per game on average. BTTS has landed in an intriguing 3 of those games. Leicester City has scored 8 times in the last 5 fixtures.
- Scoring is not an issue for Leicester City when they play away from home. They have scored in the last 5 games they have played on the road. Can Manchester United stop this run?
- Leicester City has put together a good run of form and has now gone 3 games without defeat.
- It’s possible we will see a couple of goals here, with the last 11 games for Leicester City ending with 2 goals or more being scored.
- In the last 5 matches for Leicester City, 3 of those games has ended with both teams scoring. This season 18 matches (53% of all matches) involving Leicester City has seen BTTS landing.
- It’s likely that Leicester City will score today, as they have netted in the last 4 games coming into this one and have scored 8 goals in the last five games.
Stats source: Footystats.org
Manchester United vs Leicester: Prediction
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
Manchester United vs Leicester: EPL starting XI prediction
Probable Manchester United Starting XI: David de Gea, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Axel Tuanzebe, Eric Bailly, Alex Telles, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, Juan Mata, Donny van de Beek, Amad, Mason Greenwood.
Probable Leicester Starting XI: Kasper Schmeichel, Daniel Amartey, Wesley Fofana, Caglar Soyuncu, Ricardo Pereira, Dennis Praet, Youri Tielemans, Luke Thomas, Ayoze Perez, James Maddison, Kelechi Iheanacho.