LEI vs MUN Dream11: Manchester United travels to Leicester City for a Boxing Day matchup against Leicester City in the Premier League. The Red Devils sealed their third spot finish last season after beating Leicester 2-0 on the last day of the campaign. United now go into this game in very good form despite the disappointing end to their Champions League campaign. They are unbeaten in the Premier League since 1st November, spanning a run of 7 games, winning 6 of them. They also beat Everton 2-0 to secure their place in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup in midweek. Leicester City too has been in excellent form and are currently in 2nd place, 4 points off the top. Leicester grabbed an impressive 2-0 win away to Tottenham Hotspur in their last outing and will be well-rested to welcome Manchester United who will be playing their 2nd consecutive away game in 4 days.
Leicester City vs Manchester United, Premier League
26th December, 6 pm (IST)
King Power Stadium, Leicester
Leicester City – WWWLW
Manchester United – LDWWW
Head-to-head (last five meetings):
Manchester United – 4
Draws – 1
Leicester City – 0
Last meeting: Leicester City 0-2 Manchester United (Premier League, 26th July 2020)
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network, Disney + Hotstar
LEI vs MUN Prediction, Team News, Starting XI
A) Leicester City Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Ricardo Pereira is the only confirmed absentee for this game.
Doubtful: Caglar Soyuncu is doubtful for this game and is closer to missing it, whereas Jamie Vardy is expected to shake off an injury and should be ready to start the LEI vs MUN Dream11 Prediction.
Expected changes: Leicester City won't be blamed for naming an unchanged side from the team that beat Tottenham. Kasper Schmeichel should continue in goal, with Timothy Castagne likely to make way for Christian Fuchs. He will accompany Wesley Fofana, Jonny Evans and James Justin in defence. Youri Tielemans and Wilfred Ndidi will form the double pivot, behind attacking midfielders Harvey Barnes, James Maddison and Marc Albrighton. Jamie Vardy is fit and will lead the line against Manchester United.
Leicester City Starting XI (probable):
Kasper Schmeichel (GK)
B) Manchester United Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Manchester United only have Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones who will miss the game against Leicester.
Doubtful: Scott McTominay picked up a knock against Leeds United and missed the Everton game but should be back for this fixture.
Expected changes: Owing to Manchester United’s squad depth, it is difficult to predict their expected lineup. David De Gea was rested for the game in midweek and will definitely start this one. Aaron Wan-Bissaka too should return alongside Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof should replace Eric Bailly. Luke Shaw will start at left-back. Paul Pogba may be rested with fixtures coming thick and fast, paving way for a Fred and McTominay double pivot. Bruno Fernandes will anchor a frontline of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood.
Manchester United Starting XI (probable):
David De Gea (GK)
LEI vs MUN Today Match Prediction:
Bet365: Leicester – 27/10; Manchester United – 6/5
SkyBet: Leicester – 13/5; Manchester United – 6/5
Manchester United are the favourites in this game according to the bookies but it will not be that easy as the Foxes are a very tricky side to play against. They have gotten results against the likes of sides like Spurs, Man City and Arsenal. Leicester is also boosted with the recent return of James Maddison who scored against Man United on his debut. Manchester United are on an incredible away form and are yet to lose on the road. They have this record despite also conceding first in all these games and making a comeback. The LEI vs MUN Today Match Prediction will be an interesting one with both sides needing a win to maintain their distance from the top.
Most likely result: Draw
LEI vs MUN Dream11, Captain & Differential Picks
Captain Options –
Bruno Fernandes –
Goals/Assists – 13/6
Goal scoring chances created – 46
Accurate crosses – 19
Bruno Fernandes has had an impact on Manchester United that cannot be understated enough. He has been the deciding factor in most games for the club and grabbed 2 goals and an assist in their last Premier League game against Leeds United despite not being the best player and all of United’s attacks come through him.
Jamie Vardy –
Goals/Assists – 12/4
Mins per goal contribution – 74.7 minutes
Goal scoring chances created – 17
Jamie Vardy has been excellent for Leicester for years now and has shown no signs of slowing down. He has 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 3 starts for the club and will look to stretch the United defence and give them nightmares. He is known for tirelessly running rings around the final third.
Marcus Rashford –
Goals/Assists – 11/5
Goal scoring chances created – 24
Successful dribbles – 29
Rashford has been great this season and is coming off the back of a 20-goal campaign. He scored a brace against Sheffield United as the Red Devils came from behind to win away from home. He will be a menace on the left-flank given his pace on and off the ball. This finishing will be something to look out for as well.
Differential Picks –
James Maddison –
Goal scoring chances created – 24
Successful dribbles – 11
Accurate crosses – 13
James Maddison is finally back for Leicester and immediately showing how good he can be. The Englishman put in a man of the match performance against Spurs despite not scoring or assisting. He did have an amazing goal ruled out for offside though. His will look to expose the United defence with his lethal set-pieces.
Luke Shaw –
Goal scoring chances created – 12
Successful dribbles – 12
Tackles succeeded – 10 (67%)
Luke Shaw’s performance has seen an uptick since that arrival of Alex Telles. Shaw has been very good at left-back and does his defensive and attacking duties very well. He will look to dart up and down the left flank and will be tasked with keeping Marc Albrighton and at times, James Maddison, quiet.
Wesley Fofana –
Pass Accuracy – 87%
Clearances – 74
Interceptions – 28
New signing, Wes Fofana, has been great for Leicester this season especially in the absence of Caglar Soyuncu. He will need to ensure that there isn’t too much space behind the right wing-back which will grant Marcus Rashford a lot of room to cause damage.