Premier League Sunday repertoire sees two Champions League aspirers Leicester City and Man Utd go head to head at King Power Stadium. We preview this clash that will decide once and for all which of the two sides will be rewarded a Champions League spot next season.
Who is playing?
Leicester vs Man Utd
What competition is it?
Premier League Matchweek 38
What time is Leicester vs Man Utd?
16:00 GMT, Sunday 26th July 2020
Where do Leicester play?
King Power Stadium, Leicester
Where can I watch Leicester vs Man Utd?
Sky Sports Main Event
Thoughts on Leicester vs Man Utd?
It’s fair to say this clash will be the highlight of the upcoming last Premier League match week this season. A big battle for a spot in the top four is just moments ahead of us and it’s certain the things will get very much heated and competitive between both sides. Man Utd currently sitting in 3rd has a total of 63 points to their name whilst Leicester sitting in 5th has 62 points. The difference in points is as slight as possible and the result of this upcoming clash will once and for all solve who will secure a spot in Champions League next season.
Following Leicester’s recent shocking defeat against very much aspiring in Europa League Spurs and their below-average form, the Mission Champions League is getting more and more doubtful. Not that long time ago the team was comfortably sitting in 3rd and very much certain to finish in top four. Unfortunately, since Premier League resumption, the things very much changed around and now it’s The Foxes that are chasing teams above like 4th Chelsea or 3rd Man Utd.
The splendid news for Ole’s side is that share of points with Leicester will be enough to secure a spot in Champions League next season. Considering their impressive unbeaten league run since 22nd January it would be a surprise If they do not seal at least a draw in this one. This away game for Red Devils will also be a perfect occasion to prove people who doubted in them during their 19/20 campaign and show the progress they’ve made in just a few months of time. Once nearly a mid-table team, now sitting in 3rd and battling for a spot in a most prestigious competition – Champions League.
Injuries and suspensions to bury Leicester’s top four dreams?
It’s been a horrific time for The Foxes since the league resumption. They have secured only nine points in the last eight league games and lost to Chelsea in the 1/4 FA Cup final. Team’s bad form resulted in them moving into 5th place and now looking up sentimentally at the top four spots with a hope to seal a win against Man Utd to change things around.
Besides them being out of shape, which could’ve been seen in a shocking 4-1 and 3-0 losses against Bournemouth and Spurs in the last two weeks, the team have had a hard time with their squad selection too. Injuries of their main men James Maddison, Ricardo Pereira, Ben Chilwell and suspension of this season’s defensive revelation Caglar Soyuncu has put Leicester in a huge doubt of playing in Champions League next season.
Leicester have lost only three games at the King Power Stadium this season making them average impressive 2.06 PPG. The team is just of a different gravy when hosting a game. Clean sheets and an average of 0.83 goals conceded is the team’s bread and butter when playing at home and nothing seemed to change since the league resumption with them registering consecutively 0-0, 3-0 and 2-0 results in the last games at King Power Stadium. However, considering the lack of few of Leicester’s main men and going against unbeaten in 13 league games Man Utd, this will be a very tough task for The Foxes.
Red Devils gearing up for Champions League?
It’s their last stop of the 19/20 league journey, trial time for Man Utd to get back on performing in Champions League, just like the fans were accustomed to. Not counting a recent flop and unfortunate loss against Chelsea in the 1/2 FA Cup finals, the team hasn’t lost a single game since signing Bruno Fernandes at the end of January transfer window.
The team is still yet to play a match against LASK in Europa League Round of 16 after the Premier League season is over, on 5th August at Old Trafford. Following their first match between both sides which ended up as an astronomical 5-0 win for Man Utd, this should be an easy promotion to 1/4 finals. The good news is: If Man Utd end up below league’s top four, they could still guarantee themselves an automatic qualification to Champions League. In order to achieve that they would need to win the Europa League final, which is within their reach.
Man Utd are registering a very impressive 2.23 PPG since Bruno Fernandes deal and 2.25 PPG since Premier League resumption compared to their average 1.70 PPG. The team hasn’t lost a single league game since their unexpected 2-0 defeat with Burnley on 22nd January and it would be a shock If the tables turn around against underperforming Leicester. Moreover, Red Devils have scored nine goals in their last four away games and recorded three clean sheets. Statistics also prove that Ole’s side is the 2nd least conceding team when guesting a match – they have lost only 19 goals in 18 away games.
Leicester recent games:
- Spurs (a) 3-0 defeat
- Sheffield United (h) 2-0 win
- Bournemouth (a) 4-1 defeat
- Arsenal (a) 1-1 draw
- Crystal Palace (h) 3-0 win
Man Utd recent games:
- West Ham (h) 1-1 draw
- Chelsea (h) 1-3 defeat
- Crystal Palace (a) 0-2 win
- Southampton (h) 2-2 draw
- Aston Villa (a) 0-3 win
Leicester Top Contributors:
- Jamie Vardy (Forward): 28 Premier League goal involvements: 23 goals + 5 assists – The Englishman is the league’s current golden boot leader with 23 goals to his name. He has scored 4 goals and recorded 1 assist in the last five matches.
- Harvey Barnes (Midfielder): 14 Premier League goal involvements: 6 goals + 8 assists – The 22-years-old is still club’s leading player in assists, despite not contributing to any of the team’s goals since his impressive performance on 4th July.
Man Utd Top Contributors:
- Marcus Rashford (Forward): 24 Premier League goal involvements: 17 goals + 7 assists – Heart, soul and lungs of Ole’s young and prospective squad who scored 5 goals and recorded 1 assist since Premier League resumption.
- Anthony Martial (Forward): 22 Premier League goal involvements: 17 goals + 5 assists – The Frenchman has never been in a better form before! He has scored 7 goals and recorded 4 assists since Premier League return.
|14th August 2019||MUN 1-0 LEI||Premier League|
|3rd February 2019||LEI 0-1 MUN||Premier League|
|10th August 2018||MUN 2-1 LEI||Premier League|
|23rd December 2017||LEI 2-2 MUN||Premier League|
|26th August 2017||MUN 2-0 LEI||Premier League|
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