To­day could be Foxes’ big day

Le­ices­ter may lift the Pre­mier League tro­phy to­day, de­fy­ing 5 000-to-one odds at the start of the sea­son, if they beat Manch­ester United, who need the three points them­selves

CityPress - - Sport - TEAMtalk Me­dia –

Le­ices­ter City can lift the Pre­mier League ti­tle to­day if they se­cure a win against Manch­ester United at Old Traf­ford.

Af­ter a re­mark­able sea­son, the Foxes need just three more points from their re­main­ing three matches to se­cure their first-ever ti­tle tri­umph.

The league lead­ers re­cently dropped points in a 2-2 draw with West Ham, but bounced back with a 4-0 thrash­ing of Swansea City in their most re­cent match, mak­ing it six wins from their last seven.

United, mean­while, will do what they can to make sure the party is not hosted at the Theatre of Dreams, but they also have their own am­bi­tions to worry about.

The Red Devils har­bour hopes of sneak­ing into the top four at the ex­pense of Arse­nal, while West Ham are hot on their heels, pos­ing a threat to United’s grip on fifth place.

Louis van Gaal’s side en­ter the match af­ter back-to-back wins over As­ton Villa and Crys­tal Palace in re­cent weeks, but they were beaten 3-0 by se­cond-placed Tot­ten­ham prior to that. They will have to be bet­ter than they were against Spurs, and may well be happy to set­tle for another draw af­ter their 1-1 stale­mate at the King Power Sta­dium ear­lier in the cam­paign.

In team news, Le­ices­ter will have to do with­out the ser­vices of star striker Jamie Vardy, who misses out again due to sus­pen­sion.

For United, Ad­nan Januzaj (ham­string), Bas­tian Sch­we­in­steiger (me­dial col­lat­eral lig­a­ment), and Will Keane (groin/pelvis) are all ex­pected to miss out.

Else­where in the Pre­mier League, Liver­pool will fol­low up their mid­week ad­ven­ture in Spain with a trip to Wales to face Swansea City at the Lib­erty Sta­dium.

A 2-2 draw with New­cas­tle United in their most re­cent match ended a three-match win­ning streak for the Reds, while the Swans en­ter the match off back-to-back de­feats to the Mag­pies and the Foxes.

In team news, Liver­pool are hop­ing to see Philippe Coutinho re­cover from ill­ness in time to fea­ture, but those ruled out through in­jury in­clude Divock Origi (an­kle), Emre Can (an­kle), and Jor­dan Hen­der­son (lat­eral col­lat­eral lig­a­ment).

Swansea have just two in­jury con­cerns, with Leroy Fer and Al­berto Paloschi both ex­pected to miss out with ham­string in­juries.

Manch­ester City, mean­while, will try to tighten their grip on third place when they take on Southamp­ton at St Mary’s in to­day’s late game.

In team news, City will be hop­ing to have Samir Nasri avail­able af­ter pick­ing up a mus­cu­lar in­jury. Southamp­ton, mean­while, are hop­ing to have striker Char­lie Austin (knee) avail­able.

Tot­ten­ham will be watch­ing the Le­ices­ter-vs-United en­counter with keen in­ter­est be­fore their visit to Stam­ford Bridge to­mor­row to face bit­ter London ri­vals Chelsea.

PHOTO: LAU­RENCE GRIF­FITHS / GETTY IMAGES

CRACKER Mem­phis De­pay of Manch­ester United and Wes Mor­gan of Le­ices­ter City. When the clubs clash at Old Traf­ford to­day, his­tory may be made

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.