Leicester City v Man Utd
FA Premier League
Sunday 26th July 2020
The King Power Stadium
Leicester City and Man Utd is without doubt the standout fixture of the final day of the 2019/20 Premier League Season. Champions League Football is within reach for both sides and both know that a win would secure it, whilst the other is likely to have to settle for Europa League Football next season. Utd currently are above the Foxes on goal difference and a draw will be likely be enough for The Red Devils. Both with have a glancing eye on Stamford Bridge as a Chelsea defeat means both could qualify at the expense of The Blues but that look unlikely.
Everything looked rosy in the garden at The Kingpower Stadium back in Late December when they were as high as 2nd in The Premier League Table but the turn of the year has seen The Foxes drop of massively and the 14 Point lead they held over Man Utd has now be clawed back and although qualifying for the Europa League would be a successful season they would surely look back on what might have been after such an encouraging start to the season. It has been a run of just five wins from the last 20 Premier League Fixtures and they dropped out of the Top 4 for the first time since September following United’s 1-1 draw with West Ham on Wednesday.
While the Foxes’ results have ranged from the wonderful to the miserable in recent weeks, Leicester have looked strong at home of late, taking three wins and four cleans sheets from their last quartet of Premier League fixtures at the King Power Stadium. Leicester, who will have enjoyed a full week’s rest between fixtures ahead of their crucial final day clash, should be armed with enough energy to make life very tough for their exhausted looking visitors on Sunday.
While Leicester are certain to be fresher, their lengthy list of injury absentees that includes key first team players James Maddison, Ben Chilwell and Ricardo Pereira should prove significant, while Caglar Soyuncu’s absence through suspension should also be hard felt. Jamie Vardy has a healthy lead at the top of the Goal Scorer charts and he will know another goal will wrap up that individual award and the former England man is 7/4 to score anytime with Betfred.
Whilst Leicester have struggled in recent weeks it has been the complete opposite for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his Manchester United team. They were beaten last weekend at Wembley by Chelsea in The FA Cup Semi Final but that was the first defeat in 19 games in all competitions although they still boast an unbeaten run of 13 games in The Premier League since they suffered a 0-2 defeat at home to Burnley.
Utd have looked a little leggy in recent matches having had such a hefty workload in recent weeks and they were slightly fortunate to earn a 1-1 draw with West Ham on Wednesday thanks to a Mason Greenwood equaliser after they had fallen behind to a Michail Antonio penalty for The Hammers after an inexplicable handball by Paul Pogba. Solskjaer has been reluctant to change his team with so many vital fixtures but even the excellent Bruno Fernandes has looked a little off his game in recent matches with signs of burnout affecting him as well as a number of other key players.
Axel Tuanzebe, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly are still out for United, though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will give Luke Shaw every chance to recover from injury at left-back. Aaron Wan Bissaka started the match against West Ham on the bench and he is likely to be the only change from the side that started at Old Trafford in Midweek. Anthony Martial did get a break against Chelsea in the Semi Final so he is likely to be a little fresher and the Frenchman has been a key component in the recent run of form scoring a career high 17 Premier League goals so far this season. The Frenchman looks good value to score anytime at 6/5 with Betfred
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