Analysis: Leicester Vs Manchester United; Here's what I Think
It's definitely a smash weekend at the FA Cup as Leicester City plays Manchester United in one of four quarter-finals. Both teams are high flyers in the Premier League, placing third and second respectively, and certainly looking well placed to reach the Champions League.
Manchester United, are the second most successful team in the competition’s history, having won 12 cups, while Leicester have never clinched the world’s oldest club competition, although they have been defeated in four finals.
Do you think Leicester will knock out big boy United on the way to the semis, or will United roll on towards a 21st final?
Heading into this faceoff, Leicester has eight players to be worried about; Harvey Barnes, Cengiz Under, James Justin and James Maddison are all definitely out, while Dennis Praet could make a return having come back to training.
Sidnei Tavares is sick, while Ricardo and Wes Morgan are long-term absentees with thigh and back injuries respectively.
The losses of Barnes and Maddison appear particularly costly, although inspired by Kelechi Iheanacho, the Foxes thrived against Sheffield United last weekend.
For United, Edinson Cavani and Juan Mata will be out until April, while there’s more hope that Anthony Martial and Eric Bailly will be in contention.
Phil Jones is a long-term absentee, and may not return until the start of next term.
Another thing to consider, is that Leicester's record against United is not strong. They have won just one of their last 25 meetings with United in all competitions, and are without a win in their last 13 (stretching back to September 2014).
United have won each of their last two FA Cup meetings with the Foxes—in the 1960s and 70s—and they’ll fancy their chances of extending Leicester’s quarter-final hoodoo.
Liecester have lost each of their last five quarter-finals, and haven’t reached the semis since 1982.
Meanwhile, United haven’t lost since late January. However, both of these sides are in very good shape heading into this one, and it’s going to be quite an interesting to call.
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