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Leicester vs Manchester United – Match Preview

Leicester’s free-scoring striker Jamie Vardy will be fit to play despite nursing a hip problem.

The Foxes’ only injury absentee is Matty James, who has not played this season because of a knee injury.

Manchester United’s Phil Jones and Ander Herrera, who went off with ankle and hamstring injuries respectively last weekend, remain sidelined.

Michael Carrick is unlikely to feature, while Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia are long-term absentees.

Editor’s Note: Somewhat unbelievably this is a top of the table clash at the end of November as 1st host 2nd at the King Power Stadium. Now I’m sure no-one envisaged this being the case today and if you did then frankly you’re a liar!

Can Jamie Vardy make it 11 consecutive games in which he scores a Premier League goal and in turn be the outright record holder by the end of this evening. If he does it would be quite fitting that the goal comes against Manchester United as Ruud Van Nistelrooy is the man in which he currently shares this goalscoring feat with.

Every week Claudio Ranieri and Leicester seem to dumbfound the pundits as this amazing run continues, now we’re a third of the way through the season you have to admit that the fluke element has gone and they are there on merit. The goals of Vardy have certainly helped but Ranieri has fostered an incredible team spirit at Leicester  and they look like a team that is full of confidence and very hard to beat, as the league position suggests.

Although Leicester’s next 6 games starting today could be where the bubble begins to burst, but I doubt they’ll be worrying about too much at the moment with the sole focus being how to deal with Manchester United.

This is a United side that drew another blank in Midweek at home to PSV in the Champions League and only won at Watford last Saturday thanks to a last minute goal from Bastian Schweinstieger. The Football is pretty pragmatic under Louis Van Gaal and although they find themselves 2nd in the league, the fans feel that they aren’t getting results in the “United Way”.

The Red Devils admittedly look solid at the back but there is a real paucity of goals and attacking talent. This was apparent last week when Memphis Depay started upfront against Watford. They will no dout be boosted by the returns of Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney but getting them fit is one thing, getting a match winning performance certainly out of the latter is another.

Last season these two teams met at the King Power and Leicester came out winners in a phenomenal 5-3 win, I don’t think it will be that exciting this evening but with Vardy’s goalscoring momentum going up against United’s defensive strength it’s hard to see who will come out on top. Therefore I’m going to slightly put my neck on the line and go for a draw. Let’s hope the Jamie Vardy Party continues and he gets that elusive 11th goal. Best of luck Jamie

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