After a bit of troublesome start Manchester United have found their way back in the title race, they are also close to a final in the EFL Cup, might also go all the way in Europa League after dropping out of the Champions League.
Everything isn’t perfect at Manchester United as the squad is a bit unbalanced and they are not as consistent as they probably would like to be. But since OGS took over at Old Trafford they have not lost to Leicester City with that fantastic 5-3 win back in 2014 the last time we did see a win for Leicester City, and actually the only LCFC home win in the history of the Premier League.
OGS as Brendan Rodgers can be difficult to read as they often change systems and players, though OGS most of the time selects a back four and Brendan can juggle it all around. This makes it difficult to decide on a line-up.
Looking at the injury situation in both camps you will find a number of players. Man Utd will be without Rojo and Jones, and McTominay is a risk, with a groin problem, but could potentially be ready tomorrow, but uncertain.
Leicester City will definetily be without Pereira and Soyuncu, and it’s also a little risk for Jamie Vardy, but he looks as he will make it, and with the latest to be said, that he will be ready.
3-1 , Leicester City
Predicted LCFC line-up,
System: 4-3-3, Schmeichel – Castagne, Justin, Evans, Fofana – Ndidi, Tielemans, Maddison – Albrighton, Vardy, Barnes
Fun or not so fun, Jamie Vardy has never scored on “Boxing Day” as a Leicester City player, hopefully he will make a full change tomorrow.
In Both Camps,
Looking at those players and also a manager you will always count Danny Drinkwater, Danny Simpson and Harry Maguire, and not to forget Jonny Evans, all of them great footballers, but still probably more known in one of the camps than the other.
Matty James, Brian Carey and Colin Gibson are other names to mention to have done a job in both clubs. Ritchie De Laet is also a player with a past at both clubs and his time at Leicester City must be said to be the most successful as he played 115 league games between 2012 to 2016. Mark Robins, Jesse Lingard and Michael Keane are others.
Frank O’Farrell has been in charge of both clubs, firstly at Leicester City getting the team to the FA Cup final, and then winning the 2nd divison in 1971. He took over Man Utd in July the same year and had a glorious start at Old Trafford, being top of the table in October 1971, but it was not to be and a difficult period started and a year later, after 18 months he was sacked after that terrible 5-0 defeat to Crystal Palace in December 72. He is still the only Irishman to be manager at the club, and still around and reached the grown age of 93.
Did You Know,
Manchester United are, from a statistical point of view, superior to Leicester City with 19 wins collected in previous meetings, the worst record for LCFC v. any other side in the Premier League. This season both teams have picked up 18 points away from home, the best record ,though Leicester City have played one more game away.