Leicester v Man United: Ndidi returns to battle Pogba
EPL By: Linus Onyeze | 23/12/2017
Manchester United were knocked out of the League Cup by lowly Bristol City in midweek, and the Red Devils will be hoping to prove the defeat was only a fluke when they visit the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday. Leicester on their part, were also knocked out of the League Cup in midweek, and will be hoping to continue their fine form under new boss Claude Puel.Team NewsLeicester manager Claude Puel will make several changes to the side beaten on penalties by Manchester City in the Carabao Cup, with Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez among those to be recalled.Robert Huth and Matty James are back in training but short of match fitness.Antonio Valencia is unavailable for Manchester United, having come off early against West Brom last weekend with a hamstring problem.The players rested for the midweek League Cup loss are all set to start.Paul Pogba returned from a three-match domestic ban in that tie, but Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick and Eric Bailly remain sidelined.Head-to-headLeicester's solitary victory over Manchester United in the last 17 Premier League meetings was by 5-3 at home in September 2014 (D3, L13).That is United's only defeat in their past 12 league visits to Leicester (W7, D4).Match Facts Leicester CityLeicester's 3-0 home defeat by Crystal Palace last weekend ended their four-match winning streak.Their tally of 20 points in 10 matches since Craig Shakespeare was sacked is the best record outside of the current top four.However, Leicester have lost all five league fixtures this season against the teams that begin this round of matches in the top five of the table.The Foxes have lost four league games at the King Power Stadium this season, only one fewer than in the entirety of 2016-17.Claude Puel is winless in all five matches as a manager against Jose Mourinho in all competitions (D2, L3).Jamie Vardy, who has only scored once in eight games, still needs one goal to become the first Leicester player to reach 50 in the Premier League. His first came in the 5-3 win over Manchester United in 2014, and the Red Devils were also the opposition when he scored for a record 11th consecutive Premier League game in November 2015.Manchester UnitedUnited's current run of three successive Premier League away wins is one more than they had managed in their previous 10 attempts. Their most recent streak of four straight away victories, between February and April, began with a 3-0 triumph at Leicester.They have kept clean sheets in 10 of their 18 league games, more than any other side prior to the latest round of fixtures. However, only three of those have come in the last 10 fixtures - and all were at home.Jose Mourinho has won five of his six league matches against Leicester - the exception was a 2-1 defeat in his final match in charge of Chelsea in December 2015.Jesse Lingard has scored four goals in his last three Premier League away games.Romelu Lukaku has scored four goals in his last six league games against Leicester, although he had a penalty saved in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford in August.