Saturday, 4 February 2017

Match preview: Leicester City v United

Jose Mourinho returns to the scene of his darkest hour when United face Claudio Ranieri and his struggling champions on Sunday. 

Mourinho's last visit to the King Power proved to be his final match in charge of Chelsea as he was sacked 48 hours after their 2-1 defeat in December 2015. 

Leicester went on to stun the sporting world with a first ever top flight triumph, but, unsurprisingly the 5,000/1 title winning outsiders have struggled to hit those heights this time around.

Having won only five league matches all season, they sit 16th, two points off the relegation places and their only win in January came at Everton, 2-1 in the FA Cup (their only win away from the King Power this campaign). 

After an impressive run of nine successive victories, United's momentum has halted with frustrating recent draws against Stoke and Hull, either side of qualification for the League Cup final. 
The Reds remain unbeaten in 14 leagues games, however, and enjoyed one of our best performances of the season in the 4-1 win over the travel-sick East Midlanders back in September. 

Phil Jones is the visitors only absentee after he limped out of the goalless draw with Hull with a bruised foot, although his injury is not though to be serious.
Islam Slimani could feature for the Foxes as he is back available again after AFCON duty, as is Eric Bailly for the Reds. 

Jose said:

"I always say we should play to win, but if not, it is important that you play not to lose.
"A point is not what you want, but at least you can keep that positive feeling, that positive momentum, especially because with our draws we always deserve more.
"It is frustrating but at the same time you know you are doing a lot of things very well. 
"We haven't lost a match in the league since October, so that is pleasing and important but we need to turn this dominance into goals and win more matches.
"This is a very difficult match for them and a very difficult match for us - I have a lot of respect for Leicester and for Claudio, they are a very good team with quality players." 

Form guide: Leicester D W L L D L United W D D L W D 
Match odds: Leicester 9/2 Draw 13/5 United 7/10
Referee: Anthony Taylor 


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