Leicester City have struggled at the back this season, having kept only one clean sheet in the Premier League so far, that too on Matchday 1. That clean sheet, in fact, is their only one in the last 13 league matches.
The stats listed below make for an ominous reading considering the Foxes are set to host Manchester United this Saturday. The club that is currently topping the charts when it comes to creating chances. Bruno Fernandes has created the most chances (23) in the Premier League so far, Paul Pogba leads the assists chart with seven to his name and Luke Shaw tops the table for most chances created from set plays (11).
- Leicester City have kept only 1 clean sheet in the 2021-22 Premier League season. That is also their only clean sheet in their last 13 Premier League matches.
- Paul Pogba is currently leading the Premier League assists chart with 7 assists
- Bruno Fernandes has created the most chances (23) so far in the league
- Luke Shaw is the player with the most chances created through set plays (11) in the 2021-22 Premier League season
- Manchester United have not lost their last 29 Premier League games, away from home
- Jamie Vardy has scored in each of his last 3 Premier League appearances. He, however, last found the net against Manchester United, across all competitions, in 2018
Former Leicester City defender Robert Huth commented on the situation, in a chat with mybettingsites.co.uk. The German highlighted the absence of Jonny Evans for the Foxes, and labelled him as a ‘big miss’ for the game against the Red Devils.
“When Man United get on the front foot, it is tough to play against them. Especially with Ronaldo now in the team, he doesn’t need a lot of chances, which is stereotypical, but yes you need to be on your edge,” Huth said.
“Jonny Evans, I think he is a big miss. (Wesley) Fofana, I think as well, who’s got this sort of speed and the reading of the game which is so important these days. Both of them are a big miss,” said Huth, on Leicester’s struggles in defence. “The fact that Leicester have had to change their center-backs on a few occasions, that doesn’t help. A settled back four is always better.”
The hosts, however, are not the only ones with a personnel issue in the heart of defence. Manchester United, who are already without Harry Maguire (calf issue), will also be missing the services of Raphael Varane. The French center-back had to leave the pitch in the first half during France’s 2-1 win over Spain in the UEFA Nations League Final.
United lacking their first-choice centre-backs will be a boost for the Foxes, especially with talismanic striker Jamie Vardy in fine form. The Englishman has scored in each of his last three Premier League appearances and would be looking to find the net against the Red Devils for the first time since 2018.
“Jamie (Vardy) is capable of scoring against anyone. We’ve seen it in the past, he scores against all the good defenders – not just Premier League level but also Champions League level. It won’t be easy, that’s for sure, but he’ll be looking to take advantage of the lack of (Harry) Maguire and Raphael Varane.”
Leicester City are winless in their last four Premier League games (D2, L2) but have won their last two meetings, across all competitions, against Manchester United. If Brendan Rodgers’ men win on Saturday, it’ll be the first time since November 1901 that the Foxes would have defeated the Red Devils in three consecutive games.
That being said, Manchester United have a solid away record. Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s cohorts are looking to extend their record unbeaten away run in the Premier League to 30 games (W19, D10). The 13-time Premier League winners have also only lost once in their last 15 trips to Leicester in the league.
A game right after the international break, however, can throw some surprises.
“I always like watching games after the international break cause you just don’t know what’s going to happen.” Huth stated. “Players haven’t had the time to work. Some players have only come back today or tomorrow and have had half a day to prepare. It could be a 5-3 for all we know.”