PREMIER LEAGUE SATURDAY: The Striker previews Saturday’s Premier League games all with a recommended BETDAQ bet and extended match stats. The action is underway at 12.30pm with LIVERPOOL v WATFORD at Anfield.
LIVERPOOL V WATFORD
12.30pm The Premier League returns with a bang on Saturday and it’s 50% Off Commission on BETDAQ Betting Exchange too! We have seven fixtures to enjoy today, and we have a very busy afternoon ahead. We start with Liverpool hosting Watford in the early kick off, and Jurgen Klopp’s men will go top of the table with a win here. Things have got very interesting very quickly at the top of the Premier League with Manchester City losing to Spurs and then draw against Crystal Palace before the International break. After that 0-0 draw with Palace, Liverpool took full advantage two days later with a 2-0 win away to Arsenal and now we have a cracking title race in store! Nobody would have saw City dropping points against Palace and now Liverpool can really put the pressure on – Liverpool also have a better goal difference too which I highlighted when the gap was three points. Both Liverpool and City are in action against sides in the bottom three this weekend, and it’s no shock to see Liverpool being the shortest price of the weekend.
The market can’t see past an easy home win here with Liverpool trading as short as 1.14 at the time of writing. Watford did give themselves some hope of staying up with a win over Southampton before the International break, but they wouldn’t have enjoyed seeing Everton winning too and the gap remains three points. Everton still have two games in hand too, and although Watford have given themselves some hope as I said that doesn’t change the fact that they aren’t even close to the same level as Liverpool. Klopp’s side have been fantastic this season, especially going forward and their xG figures have been incredible. Not only have they been good going forward, but they have been solid at the back too when they have been under pressure – they really had to work hard in the first half away to Arsenal but they held on and then won the game in the second half. I feel Liverpool can keep another clean sheet here against a side who don’t create many chances, and Both Teams Not To Score is worth backing at 1.73.
The Striker Says:
Two points win Both Teams Not To Score at 1.73 with BETDAQ BETTING EXCHANGE.
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● Liverpool have won 12 of their 13 home league games against Watford, with the exception being a 1-0 loss in August 1999. They’ve won the last six in a row against the Hornets at Anfield by an aggregate score of 22-1.
● Watford have taken just four points from their last 30 available against Liverpool in the Premier League (W1 D1 L8), drawing 3-3 in August 2017 and winning 3-0 in February 2020 (both at Vicarage Road).
● Liverpool have won each of their last nine Premier League home games, scoring 27 goals and conceding just twice in this run. The Reds are unbeaten in their last 18 league games at Anfield (W14 D4) since a 1-0 loss to Fulham in March 2021.
● Liverpool have won their last nine Premier League games, and victory here would see them become the second club to have five runs of 10+ consecutive wins in the competition, after Manchester City. It would also be Liverpool’s third such run in the Premier League under Jürgen Klopp, with only Pep Guardiola (4) leading his side to 10+ consecutive wins on more occasions in the competition.
● Watford have won eight points from their six Premier League away games under Roy Hodgson (W2 D2 L2), as many as they had from their previous 17 on the road in the competition (W2 D2 L13). The Hornets won 2-1 at Southampton last time out, but haven’t won consecutive away top-flight games since a run of three in September 2017.
● Despite having used the joint-second most different players in the Premier League this season (30), Watford have had fewer different goalscorers than any other side this term (7). Meanwhile, Liverpool have had a league-high 17 different players find the net for them this season (excluding own goals).
● This will be the 19th time a manager who has previously taken charge of Liverpool in the Premier League will face them at Anfield in the competition. Just one of the previous instances has ended in a victory (D3 L14), with that coming for current Watford boss Roy Hodgson while at West Brom in April 2012.
● Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in 11 goals in just seven Premier League games against Watford, scoring nine and assisting two. The Egyptian averages a goal or assist every 57 minutes against the Hornets, the fourth best ratio one player has against a club in Premier League history (minimum 600 minutes against that opponent).
● No player has scored the opening goal in more different Premier League games this season than Liverpool’s Sadio Mané (6), while teammate Mohamed Salah has scored the joint-most winning goals in the competition this term (6).
● Watford’s Cucho Hernández has been directly involved in four goals in his last three Premier League appearances (3 goals, 1 assist), more than he managed in his first 19 games in the competition (2 goals, 1 assist).
BRIGHTON V NORWICH
3pm We have a very busy afternoon in the Premier League with five games kicking off at 3pm. We start the action with Brighton hosting Norwich. We at a stage of the season now where these two sides can’t achieve anything – Norwich are getting relegated and Brighton won’t do any better than mid-table. Outside of that though, you have to feel that Brighton must win this game. They come into the game on a losing run, and what better chance are they going to get to break that run than Norwich at home. The market agrees with that idea with Brighton trading 1.54, but I’m not sure I want to be backing a side who have lost their last six games at odds like that. I know Brighton have had to play Manchester United, Liverpool and Spurs in that run but they have also lost to Burnley, Aston Villa and Newcastle in between. They haven’t been playing very badly, and to be honest they should get the job done here, but the 1.54 is just a price I’d like to skip personally. You wouldn’t want to lay it either as Norwich don’t have much going for them, but we can find better value in the side markets here.
I feel the best value on offer here comes from the goal markets, and over 2.5 goals looks the value at 2.1. Norwich have had plenty of goals in their recent games – I suppose at this stage of the season they don’t mind playing an open game given they are nailed on to go down. They have been conceding chances for fun recently though, even in the 2-1 loss to Leeds they could have conceded more as they gave away an xG of 3.0. Their last three away games in the Premier League has saw them concede xG figures of 3.0, 3.14 and 3.51. They did have to play Liverpool in that run, but you know Brighton are going to get a lot of chances here. Brighton have been conceding sloppy goals themselves too, so I’m surprised to see overs trading odds against here – I wouldn’t be surprised to see a very open game.
The Striker Says:
Three points win Over 2.5 goals at 2.1 with BETDAQ BETTING EXCHANGE.
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● Brighton have kept a clean sheet in all three of their Premier League meetings with Norwich, winning two and drawing one.
● Norwich have lost their last two away league games against Brighton, going down 5-0 in October 2016 and 2-0 in November 2019. The Canaries had won their previous four visits to the Seagulls between 2002 and 2015.
● Brighton have never won a Premier League game in April in 14 attempts (D7 L7). Only Hull City (16 in May) have played more games in a specific month without ever winning in the competition’s history.
● For the third time this season, Norwich are on a six-game losing streak in the Premier League. Only twice before have the Canaries lost more consecutive games within a single Premier League campaign – seven in April/May 1995, and 10 between March and July 2020.
● Brighton have lost each of their last six Premier League games, scoring just one goal in that run. The Seagulls haven’t lost seven consecutive league games since a run of 12 between August and October 2002 in the second tier.
● Both Brighton and Norwich have lost their last six Premier League games – this will be the third ever Premier League meeting between two sides on 6+ game losing streaks, after Sunderland 1-2 West Bromwich Albion (April 2003) and Sheffield United 1-1 Fulham (October 2020).
● Brighton have scored 26 Premier League goals this season, but have an expected goals value of 38 – the biggest negative difference between goals scored and xG in the competition this term (-12).
● As well as having scored the fewest goals in the Premier League this season (18), Norwich have the lowest expected goals tally (27), lowest shots-per-game rate (9.8) and lowest shot conversion rate (6.3%) in the competition this term.
● Norwich have conceded a league-high 16 of their Premier League goals in the final 15 minutes of games this season. Meanwhile, 38% of Brighton’s Premier League goals this season have come in this timeframe (10/26), the highest share in the division.
● Neal Maupay has scored 26 goals in the Premier League for Brighton – one more strike will see him become the Seagulls’ highest goalscorer in the competition (currently level with Glenn Murray). The Frenchman’s last two league goals have come against promoted sides – vs Brentford in December and Watford in February.
BURNLEY V MANCHESTER CITY
3pm Manchester City will know if they have been knocked off the top of the table by kick off here as Liverpool play Watford in the early game, and you have to say that this is simply a must win game for City. I suppose you could say every game at this stage of the season is a must win game given the title race. City could have done without this drama going into the latter stages of the Champions League and they have a massive game on Tuesday as they host Atletico Madrid. They can’t afford to take their eye off the ball in any Premier League fixture though, and Burnley won’t have given up hope of staying up either. I have to say though their position has got a lot worse in recent weeks. They are four points behind Everton having played the same amount of games – those recent wins for Leeds and Brentford were massive really and that has given Burnley a massive setback. Burnley can’t blame anyone else though as they got a chance to play Brentford and they bumped into Chelsea too when others around them were winning but that’s the Premier League you’re not going to avoid a top side for long.
Of course, Burnley bump into another top side here! It’s hard to see anything bar a City win here and I feel it’s just a case of how many goals can City score rather than will they win. City will be a very popular choice in BETDAQ Multiples this weekend at 1.25, but I’m going to look to the side markets for some added value. It’s an interesting situation having a big Champions League game midweek because you can’t see City chasing goals in the final 15 minutes if they are winning easily. In that situation they would be happy to sit back and play the game out 2-0 or 3-0 up. I think under 3.5 goals is a good option here at 1.59 – it allows for a 3-0 City win and I can’t see City running riot here either. Burnley will go into this fixture thinking a draw is a bonus, and they will play like that too. City probably won’t have to get past second gear and can run out 2-0 winners but I like the unders angle here.
The Striker Says:
Two points win Under 3.5 goals at 1.59 with BETDAQ BETTING EXCHANGE.
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● After taking five points from their first 12 available against Manchester City in the Premier League (W1 D2 L1), Burnley have taken just one point from their subsequent 33 available against them (D1 L10).
● Manchester City have won their last nine meetings with Burnley in all competitions by an aggregate score of 32-1. The Citizens have had six runs of 10+ consecutive victories against an opponent, with the most recent game in five of those coming during Pep Guardiola’s time in charge.
● Manchester City have won 24 of their last 26 Premier League games against sides starting the day in the relegation zone, with the exceptions being a 3-2 loss at Norwich in September 2019 and a 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion in December 2020.
● Burnley have lost their last three Premier League games by an aggregate score of 8-0, despite being level at half-time in all three. They last lost four consecutive league games without scoring a single goal back in May 2015.
● Manchester City’s goalless draw against Crystal Palace last time out was the fourth time this season they’ve failed to score in the Premier League. The Citizens last failed to score in more league games within a single campaign back in 2016-17 (5).
● Manchester City are the only side yet to drop a single point from a winning position in the Premier League this season, winning all 22 games in which they’ve led. No side has ever gone through an entire Premier League campaign without dropping points when ahead before.
● Manchester City have had 685 open play sequences of 10+ passes in the Premier League this season, at least 187 more than any other side. Meanwhile, Burnley are the only side yet to have reached triple figures for such sequences this term (66).
● Man City’s Riyad Mahrez has scored more Premier League goals against Burnley than he has versus any other side in the competition (8). However, just one of his eight goals against the Clarets in the competition has come at Turf Moor.
● Burnley’s Dwight McNeil has had more shots without scoring than any other player in the Premier League this season (34).
● Riyad Mahrez has been directly involved in 29 goals in 36 appearances in all competitions for Manchester City this season (22 goals, 7 assists). It’s his joint-best return for goal involvements in a single campaign in English football, level with his 29 in Leicester City’s title winning season of 2015-16 (18 goals, 11 assists).
CHELSEA V BRENTFORD
3pm Chelsea are one of the sides who probably enjoyed the International break given everything that’s going on with the club off the pitch at the moment. Although to be fair to their manager and players they have handled the situation superbly and have actually went on an excellent winning run. They have reached the latter stages of the FA Cup now with a smooth 2-0 win over Middlesbrough before the International break and they also have a Champions League Quarter Final to look forward to midweek. Given that tie comes against Real Madrid, it would be easy to forgive them taking their eye off the ball for this fixture! I’m sure Tuchel won’t mind resting some players if they have had harsh games during the International break – I know it wasn’t a massive International break for a lot of sides, but any niggle at all will be more than likely rested here. Chelsea look certain of a Top Four finish, and they can’t win the title so their focus has to be the Champions League. That will be good news for Brentford, but their side still might not have the class to get a result here.
I feel the odds of 1.38 on Chelsea is a very fair price. You couldn’t argue that they should be shorter, and you wouldn’t want to lay them either. The one thing you would say about this run is that they haven’t really faced hugely difficult opposition. There’s definitely going to be that question mark going into their Champions League game midweek as Brentford weren’t out of the relegation fight until those wins against Norwich and Burnley. Chelsea will likely get the job done here, but I wouldn’t be rushing to include them in a BETDAQ multiple this weekend. Brentford have been playing attacking football this season, and I feel the best option here is over 2.5 goals at 1.96. Chelsea have been scoring goals on this run and I can see Brentford scoring at some stage – they actually finished with a higher xG figure in the loss away to Leicester and that was a pretty open game. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the same 2-1 score line.
The Striker Says:
Two points win Over 2.5 goals at 1.96 with BETDAQ BETTING EXCHANGE.
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● Chelsea are unbeaten in their last eight meetings with Brentford in all competitions (W7 D1), since a 3-1 home loss in February 1939.
● This is Brentford’s first visit to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge since a 4-0 defeat in the 2016-17 FA Cup fourth round. This will be the Bees’ first away league game against the Blues since November 1946 – a 3-2 defeat.
● Chelsea have won six of their seven Premier League London derbies this season, with the exception being a 3-2 loss at West Ham. That defeat accounts for all goals conceded in London derby matches for the Blues this season.
● Chelsea have won their last five Premier League games, last winning more consecutively between September and November 2019 (6).
● Brentford are averaging 1.3 points-per-game in the Premier League against sides starting the day in the bottom half of the table (W6 D4 L7), compared to 0.4 against sides in the top half (W1 D2 L9). This excludes their opening day victory against Arsenal.
● Having kept two clean sheets and conceding just one goal in their first three Premier League away games, Brentford have now conceded in each of their last 12 on the road – the longest current run without an away clean sheet in the competition.
● No side has scored more goals from outside the box in the Premier League than Chelsea this season (8), while Brentford have conceded more goals from distance than any other side this term (10).
● Chelsea have the highest shot conversion rate in the Premier League this season (14.4%), netting 57 goals from 397 total shots. The Blues also have the highest difference between goals scored (57) and expected goals (49.9), netting around seven goals more than their xG suggests.
● Kai Havertz has scored four goals in his last three Premier League games for Chelsea, as many as he had in his previous 21. The German is looking to score in four consecutive league games for the first time since a run of five between April and August 2019 with Bayer Leverkusen.
● All three of Chelsea defender Thiago Silva’s Premier League goals this season have come in London derbies. Indeed, he’s the Blues’ top scorer in such matches so far this term.
LEEDS V SOUTHAMPTON
3pm Leeds were one of the sides who didn’t want the International break to come as they had put back-to-back wins together against Norwich and Wolves. The win against Wolves was obviously massive, and I’m sure their fans absolutely loved it being 2-0 down and then winning 3-2 in the 91st minute – that’s what football is all about! When you look at the table you can see what a huge turnaround that was, and it definitely has moved them a little away from the relegation zone. You have to think that this could be a superb day for them too with Watford having to play Liverpool and Burnley playing Manchester City. A win here could really close the door. Leeds must think that they have a good chance of doing that too as Southampton have put four losses together, however when you look at the underlining numbers you can see that they haven’t been playing that badly. Although they lost 2-1 to Watford and Newcastle, both times they finished the game with a higher xG and then you can always forgive a loss to Manchester City. Obviously the 4-0 loss to Aston Villa was a poor performance, and that has to be a worry as it came away from home too.
It’s no surprise that we have an open market here and we should have a pretty even game. I’m happy to look totally past the match odds market and head straight to the goals market. Over 2.5 goals looks massive at 1.7. Leeds are always entertaining given how poor they are at the back, and the Wolves game really highlights that too! What you could say about Leeds recently is that they have started scoring again – for them attack is the best form of defence – when you’re that bad at the back the only answer is trying to keep the ball yourself! We should have a very open game here and we’re going to have a host of chances too. Southampton haven’t been playing cagey football recently either, and I can see both sides geling together well for a very good game – overs should be at least ten ticks shorter.
The Striker Says:
Four points win Over 2.5 goals at 1.7 with BETDAQ BETTING EXCHANGE.
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● Leeds have lost just one of their 13 Premier League home games against Southampton (W7 D5), going down 1-0 in February 1998 thanks to a David Hirst goal.
● Southampton are looking to complete the league double over Leeds for the first time in the top-flight since the 1981-82 campaign, winning 4-0 at home and 3-1 away back then.
● After a run of seven defeats in eight league games (D1), Leeds have won their last two, both courtesy of a 90th minute winning goal. It’s the third time Leeds have won consecutive Premier League games thanks to a 90th minute winner, but no side has ever done so in three consecutive games before.
● Southampton have lost each of their last three Premier League games, having lost just two of their 13 before this (W5 D6). They last lost more consecutively in January/February 2021 (6).
● Leeds have lost seven of their 15 Premier League home games this season – only in 1995-96 (8) and 2002-03 (9) have they lost more at Elland Road in a single campaign in the competition.
● Leeds have conceded at least once in each of their last 16 Premier League games, the longest current run without a clean sheet in the competition. It’s the Whites’ longest run without a league shutout since a run of 17 between October 2004 and January 2005.
● Leeds have conceded more goals than any other Premier League side this season (67), though they have an expected goals against tally of 59.8. The Whites have conceded around seven goals more than their xG against suggests, the biggest such difference in the Premier League this season.
● Armando Broja scored Southampton’s winner against Leeds in the reverse fixture earlier this season. The last Southampton player to score home and away against Leeds in the same league campaign was Paul Rideout in 1990-91.
● Leeds’ Rodrigo Moreno has scored in each of his last two Premier League appearances, putting them 1-0 against Norwich and equalising against Wolves. He’s not scored in more consecutive league games since a run of five with Valencia in March/April 2018.
● Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse has created more chances from set plays than any other player in the Premier League this season (36), while overall only Trent Alexander-Arnold (77) and Bruno Fernandes (76) have created more than Saints midfielder (57).
WOLVES V ASTON VILLA
3pm We finish the 3pm games with the most open market of the day as Wolves host Aston Villa. Both sides start the weekend sitting beside each other in the table as they sit in eighth and ninth together, but there is ten points between them. Wolves have been much better than Aston Villa this season and they are still in the fight for a European spot given the extra places available this season with Liverpool winning the League Cup and we’ll also likely have an extra spot as one of the top three win the FA Cup as well. It’s no surprise that we have a very open market here, but I am surprised that Aston Villa are the favourites. They put three wins together before losing to West Ham and Arsenal, but you could say that they bumped into Brighton and Leeds at a good time as they were on losing runs at the time. The performance against Southampton was good and eye-catching, but that came at home. I wouldn’t say there’s much difference between the home and away form from Aston Villa – they have the same amount of points home and away this season!
For Wolves though, they have collected more points away from home this season and that probably explains their prices here. Even allowing for that however, I still feel the Villa price is too short at 2.68. I wouldn’t even mind the market having the three outcomes trading 3.0 – I can only see a very close game here and it’s a very good option to lay Villa at the odds. It’s nice to have the Wolves win and the draw on our side at the odds. Villa have been scoring more goals than they should this season when you look at the xG figures, and although Wolves tend to grind out results rather than do anything flashy – they will keep this game very tight. In that sense, perhaps there’s a lot of value in under 2.5 goals at 1.64 but I marginally prefer the Villa lay at the odds. I feel the sides should be very close together in the match odds market so there’s more ticks of value there than the goals market. I wouldn’t put anyone off 0-0 in the Correct Score market here either.
The Striker Says:
Three points lay (liability) Aston Villa to beat Wolves at 2.68 with BETDAQ BETTING EXCHANGE.
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● Wolves have won three of their last five Premier League games against Aston Villa (D1 L1), as many as they had in their previous 26 top-flight meetings with the Villans (W3 D9 L14).
● Aston Villa won this exact fixture 1-0 last season, last winning consecutive away games against Wolves in January 2012.
● Wolves could become already the fifth club to win both of their Premier League meetings with Aston Villa this season, after Arsenal, Chelsea, Watford and West Ham. Coming into this weekend’s games, only Norwich (5) and Watford (5) have had more teams do the double over them than Aston Villa (4) this term.
● Wolves have lost four of their last six Premier League games (W2), as many as they had in their previous 19 (W11 D4). Wolves have also conceded eight goals in these six games, as many as they’d shipped in their previous 14.
● Aston Villa have lost consecutive Premier League games for the third time under Steven Gerrard, but have yet to lose three in a row since he joined the club in November. Seven of the Villans’ eight league defeats under Gerrard have been by a single goal, with the exception being a 3-1 home loss to Chelsea.
● Since their return to the Premier League in 2018, Wolves have lost more games thanks to 90th minute winning goals than any other side (8). Three of those defeats have been this season, with only Watford in 2017-18 (4) ever losing more such games within a single Premier League campaign.
● Wolves have conceded just 6.9% of their shots faced in the Premier League this season (26 goals conceded from 377 shots), the lowest such rate in the division.
● Aston Villa striker Danny Ings has scored in his last two Premier League games against Wolves, but has ended on the losing side both times. Only three players have ever scored in three consecutive Premier League games against an opponent and lost each time – Matt Le Tissier vs Oldham Athletic (1993-1994), Rod Wallace vs Norwich City (1993-1994) and Ashley Barnes vs Arsenal (2018-2019).
● 20-year-old Jacob Ramsey has scored six Premier League goals for Aston Villa this season; only two players have scored more in a single campaign for the Villans while aged under 21 – Luke Moore in 2005-06 (8) and Gabriel Agbonlahor in 2006-07 (9).
● Wolves’ Rúben Neves and Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings have each been booked nine times in the Premier League this season, with no other player receiving more yellow cards. Meanwhile, Wolves’ Raúl Jiménez and Villa’s Ezri Konsa are the only players to have been sent off more than once in the Premier League this season (twice each).
MANCHESTER UNITED V LEICESTER
5.30pm We finish the day with the highlight fixture of Super Saturday as Manchester United host Leicester. I know the Liverpool and Manchester City games are probably more important, but as a standalone fixture this looks a cracker. Leicester have been very poor this season, and as I said before perhaps Brendan Rodgers would have been under a lot more pressure if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wasn’t getting all the attention from the UK media. Leicester have had plenty of issues with injury this season, but they still haven’t been good enough. They have been sitting in the bottom half of the table for most of the season, but they did break into tenth before the International break. They do have some games in hand to play, and perhaps they can finish in ninth but it’s hard to see them catching the top eight. It must be very disappointing for the club because for the past two seasons they have lost out on fourth on the final day of the season and if they had of repeated that level of performance this season they would have got Champions League football!
Manchester United have been in the headlines right through the International break. We had the whole Harry Maguire drama at Wembley when England played and their own fans boo’d him, and then United seem to be getting a new manager every day of the week at the moment. Whoever comes in has a massive task on their hands, and they will likely not get any help from the board either. The players look like they have downed tools this season, and to be honest they need a summer cleanout. I would easily give up Champions League football to reform the club if you were the new manager, but they will be under pressure from a money point of view. Given all the issues this season, it’s very tempting to lay United at 1.55 here. I know Leicester have been average this season, but United simply haven’t created enough under Rangnick and they continue to concede sloppy goals too – I expect a closer game than the odds suggest here at the 1.55 is a nice lay.
The Striker Says:
Two points lay (liability) Manchester United to beat Leicester at 1.55 with BETDAQ BETTING EXCHANGE.
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● Manchester United have lost their last three meetings with Leicester in all competitions, as many as they had in their previous 36 against them (W24 D9). They’ve never lost four in a row against the Foxes before.
● Leicester won this exact fixture 2-1 last season – they’ve never won consecutive away league games against Manchester United before.
● Following their 4-2 win against Manchester United in the reverse fixture, Leicester are looking to complete just their second top-flight double over the Red Devils, previously doing so in 1973-74.
● Manchester United have lost two of their last three games in all competitions (W1), having lost just one of their previous 20 following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s departure from the club (W10 D9).
● Leicester City have lost five of their last six Premier League away games (W1), as many as they had in their previous 26 on the road since the start of last season (W13 D8).
● Leicester have won three of their last four Premier League games (L1), as many as they had in their previous 14. However, the Foxes are winless in six against sides above them in the table (D2 L4), since beating Liverpool 1-0 in December.
● Manchester United have scored a league-high 10 goals via substitutes this season, with Marcus Rashford netting a league-high four of these goals. Meanwhile, no side has conceded more goals to substitutes this season than Leicester City (7).
● At least one English player has scored for Manchester United in each of their last seven Premier League games against Leicester. Only against Wimbledon have they had a longer run with an English player scoring each time (9 between March 1995 and April 1999, excluding own goals).
● Man Utd’s Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 12 Premier League goals this season – in the competition’s history, only Gianfranco Zola has scored more in a single campaign aged 36 or over (14 in 2002-03).
● James Maddison has both scored (13) and been directly involved in (20) more goals in all competitions than any other Leicester player this season. In his career in English football, only in 2017-18 with Norwich (15 goals, 11 assists) has Maddison been involved in more goals in a single campaign.