This Sunday Leicester City have a chance to make history when they face off against Manchester United. After seeing title rivals Spurs only manage a 1-1 draw at home to West Brom on Monday, a win over the Red Devils would be sufficient to see City crowned champions. But with Louis Van Gaal’s men still in the hunt for a Champions League qualification place, three points at Old Trafford will be anything but a foregone conclusion for the Foxes.
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Jamie Vardy’s famous not suitable for work catchphrase came back to haunt him a fortnight ago after he ‘chatted’ the proverbial to referee Jonathan Moss and instead of getting banged, got banned for his next two matches.
With his deputy Leonardo Ulloa helping Leicester to a 4-0 win over Swansea last weekend, it seems his absence so far has had no damaging effects. The Argentine striker will yet again partner Shinji Okazaki up top for the Foxes on Sunday with their manager Claudio Ranieri hoping the impromptu strike partnership can pick up from where they left off last weekend.
For the home side, nothing less than a win will do should they wish to keep pace with Arsenal for that coveted Champions League spot. With a place in this year’s FA Cup final booked after they defeated Everton 2-1 in the semi-final last Saturday, the Red Devils still have a chance to rescue a very mediocre season by winning silverware and breaking into the Premier League top four.
Manchester United: Defender Phil Jones is back in the fray this week after his long lay-off on the sidelines but is unlikely to play any part in the tie after still lacking match fitness.
Leicester City: As already mentioned Jamie Vardy’s absence from Sunday’s match-up is undoubtedly the Foxes’ biggest loss. Whilst his understudy Ulloa put in a stellar performance in Leicester’s win over Swansea last week, the Tinker man’s side will surely find hitting United on the break all the more difficult without Vardy’s pace as an outlet.
The last time these two sides met, it was a bitter December evening where former non-league striker Vardy yet again made history after breaking the record for the number of goals scored consecutively in the Premier League. That particular match finished 1-1 in what was a cagey affair and especially with Vardy’s absence this time around, we expect Sunday’s match to pan out much the same.
Despite putting four past Swansea at the weekend, Leicester’s opponents this week have kept three clean sheets from their last four and sans Tottenham Hotspur, have the best defensive record in the league. Leicester themselves have only conceded three more than Van Gaal’s side in the league this year which to us, indicates that Sunday’s match may not be one for the purists.
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