Leicester City host Manchester United on Sunday with both sides coming off the back of contrasting draws.
The Foxes put in a very impressive performance on Wednesday to become the first side outside the top six to avoid defeat against Liverpool this season, drawing 1-1 at Anfield.
Man Utd, meanwhile, failed to win for the first time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Tuesday but did manage to come from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Burnley at Old Trafford.
Read on for Leicester City vs Manchester United live stream options, team news, predicted XIs, stats and TV channel info.
When is Leicester City vs Manchester United?
Competition: Premier League
Venue: King Power Stadium
Date: Sunday, 3 February
Kick-off: 2.05 PM GMT
It’s no secret that Man Utd are a completely different side under the guidance of caretaker manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. However, that fanciful dream of catching the fourth and final Champions League has now become a distinct reality.
Their Old Trafford draw with Burnley in midweek was let off the hook by Chelsea’s 4-0 collapse at Bournemouth, meaning the Red Devils are within two points of both Sarri’s side and Unai Emery’s Arsenal on 47 points and could overhaul both London clubs this weekend if results go their way.
In Leicester, though, United will be facing opponents who are notoriously strong against the Premier League’s top sides. Despite being wildly inconsistent, Claude Puel’s side have managed to take seven points from games with Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool since December, while they also took Guardiola’s side all the way to penalties in their League Cup quarter-final clash.
With that kind of record, it defies belief to find the Foxes sitting 11th in the Premier League but regardless, James Maddison, Jamie Vardy and co. will provide an extremely dangerous task for United, who will need the likes of Marcus Rashford and the newly contracted Anthony Martial to be on top form on Sunday.
Where can I watch live?
UK viewers can watch Leicester City vs Manchester United on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, channels 401 and 402 respectively on Sky and channels 501 and 502 respectively for Virgin Media users.
Are Leicester the big six’s kryptonite?
Ever since their miraculous relegation escape in 2014/15 and the Premier League title win that followed a season later, Leicester have always been regarded as one of the most dangerous opponents in the Premier League.
Whether it was Mahrez, Kante and Vardy running riot or, now, Maddison, Gray and the latter, the Foxes can pick any team apart at will on their day.
That has proven to be the case this season and especially since December, when Leicester managed to take Man City all the way to penalties in the League Cup quarter-final and then beat Pep Guardiola’s men 2-1 in the Premier League, with a juicy 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge sandwiched in-between.
To prove this was no fluke, Claude Puel’s men became the first team outside the top six to take points off Liverpool on Wednesday, coming from behind to draw 1-1 at Anfield. Solskjaer, underestimate them at your peril.
Can Youri Tielemans make his Leicester debut?
Swapping Adrien Silva for Youri Tielemans was surely one of the best pieces of business of the recent January transfer window.
The Belgian midfielder will add undoubted ball-carrying and passing quality to the Foxes’ midfield, while his five goals in 20 Ligue 1 games for Monaco this season shows he can add to the existing threat of James Maddison and Jamie Vardy.
And Tielemans is raring to go against United on Sunday, telling LCFC TV: “I’m really happy to be here and I’m excited to get started on Sunday. I think every kid dreams about playing in the Premier League.”
Will Rashford become United’s youngest centurion since Giggs?
Should he feature, Marcus Rashford will make his 100th Premier League appearance on Sunday. At 21 years and 95 days old, that would make him the youngest player to reach a century of top-flight appearances for United since Ryan Giggs in December 1993.
During that time, Rashford has managed 25 goals, although that figure has undoubtedly been held back by playing under defensive managers such as Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho, even featuring at wing-back under the latter.
Under Solksjaer, however, Rashford has almost exclusively been used as a striker, netting five goals in the seven Premier League games played under the Norwegian so far. It would appear the England international has finally found someone that trusts him in his natural role, becoming all-the-more prolific for it.
With 65 wins to Leicester’s 33, Man Utd have a far superior historical record in this fixture.
And that superiority has been reflected in recent years too, with Leicester enduring a horrendous run of just two wins in their last 25 meetings with Man Utd, dating all the way back to 1996.
Manchester United wins: 65 Draws: 29 Leicester City wins: 33
New signing Youri Tielemans could make his Leicester debut, with Foxes boss Claude Puel set to make a late decision on the Belgian midfielder.
Leicester have no new fitness concerns ahead of Sunday’s game.
Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial have minor knocks but should be available for Sunday’s game, while the fit-again Chris Smalling could make his first appearance since the 4-1 December win over Fulham.
Marcos Rojo remains sidelined.
Leicester City predicted XI: Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell; Ndidi, Tielemans; Albrighton, Maddison, Gray; Vardy.
Manchester United predicted XI: De Gea; Young, Lindelof, Jones, Shaw; Matic, Herrera; Martial, Pogba, Lingard; Rashford.
Leicester’s record against the top-six this season makes them a bit of a nightmare fixture for Man Utd this weekend. However, even with the Red Devils’ home draw to Burnley earlier in the week, we’re backing them to overcome this test and step into the top four, should other results go their way.
Leicester City 1-2 Manchester United.
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Man Utd’s first-choice attack now decided? Despite our criticisms of Solskjaer’s team selections, it’s hard to blame him for selecting Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford together up front in an adventurous line-up against a struggling Burnley outfit.
The Belgian produced a man of the match performance in his previous outings as he laid on two assists at the Emirates in the FA Cup, but with the number nine struggling badly here, Rashford must surely return to the centre with Sanchez and Anthony Martial currently delivering the goods.
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