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These two are looked in a battle for second place in the league, but both will be keen to advance in the FA Cup and there’ll be no prioritizing one competition over the other for either.
Leicester have greater time to prepare for this clash with Man Utd having travelled to Milan midweek, and that’s just as well for them with Brendan Rodgers coping with a lengthy injury list.
Defenders James Justin and Wes Morgan are unavailable, as are attacking outlets Harvey Barnes, James Maddison and Cengiz Under, though the Foxes did welcome back Ayoze Perez and Jonny Evans last time out in the 5-0 demolition of Sheffield Utd.
Dennis Praet wasn’t included in that encounter despite recovering from his hamstring injury, but although an able deputy for Maddison as he proved in the early weeks of the campaign, he can’t be expected to hit the ground running having been sidelined since early January.
Ricardo Pereira was subbed off at half time versus the Blades as a precaution, having felt some tightness in his hamstring, and looks to be in a race against time to feature here.
United aren’t without any injury issues of their own, but were able to welcome back Paul Pogba midweek as the French World Cup winner made an immediate impact from the bench.
Squad players Juan Mata and Phil Jones wouldn’t have got a look-in here in any case, so Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s main concerns centre around attacking trio Anthony Martial, Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford.
The latter was the man to make way for Pogba on Thursday as a precaution, but is expected to start here, while Cavani and Martial could be involved in some capacity too.
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Man United To Win And Under 2.5 Goals
Man Utd have certainly dominated this fixture in recent times. The two have met 10 times since 2016/17, with the Red Devils winning eight times and remaining unbeaten throughout.
Man Utd registered clean sheets in three of four under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with Brendan Rodgers in the opposite dugout for the last three meetings, and the visitor’s recent defensive showings suggest the Foxes face a tall order to carve out opportunities.
The tight 1-0 win over Milan means that Man Utd have seen fewer than three goals in each of their last seven outings, with five of these games featuring just the single strike or none at all.
The Red Devils conceded a solitary goal over this period, in the first leg against Milan, and aside from a clean sheet away at Crystal Palace, the other shutouts have come against quality outfits Real Sociedad, Chelsea, Man City, West Ham and the Italian outfit in the second leg.
Leicester haven’t been so effective at the back as their clean sheet against Sheffield Utd was their first in six outings, with the Blades by far the lowest scorers in the division.
It was also a second victory on the bounce after striking late against Brighton the previous week, but they had gone three without a win prior to that as they lost home encounters with Slavia Prague and Arsenal, as well as dropping two points away at Burnley.