Leicester City vs Manchester United Prediction, 12/26/2020 EPL Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Leicester City vs Manchester United
Date: Saturday, December 26, 2020
Location: King Power Stadium in Leicester, England
TV: Peacock Premium
Odds/Point Spread: Leicester City (+175) Manchester United (+145)
Jamie Vardy and Leicester City (9-0-5, 2nd in the EPL) host Manchester United (8-2-3, 3rd in the EPL) at King Power Stadium on Saturday. The goaltenders who are expected to start will be Kasper Schmeichel for Leicester City and David de Gea for Manchester United. Leicester are at +175 while the Red Devils are at +145. The total has been set at 2.5.
Leicester City stepped onto the pitch against Tottenham in their last match and earned the victory with a final of 2-0. Leicester City attempted 20 dribbles in this contest and successfully completed 11 of those tries for a rate of 55.0%. When talking about passing the ball, they finished this match with a 80.1% passes received percentage by converting 334 of the 417 pass attempts in their last match. Concerning shot accuracy, Leicester City walked away from the pitch at a 18.8% clip by hitting 3 SoT out of 16 total shots. Leicester City averages 1.71 goals per 90 min (24 goals in total) and have racked up 13 assists In all contests this season.
Jamie Vardy is a guy who should impact this matchup for Leicester City. Vardy has had a starting assignment in 295 matchups during his pro soccer career and he has earned 0.58 goals per 90 mins. The forward from England has recorded 165 goals in 25,648 minutes played. He has 52 assists while earning 37 yellow card cautions so far in his career. Someone else who should impact this game is James Maddison, the midfielder born in England. He has assisted on a goal 26 times so far in his career while he has scored 38 goals. Maddison has played 12,585 mins during 140 career starts and has been given 22 yellow cards. He is currently averaging 0.27 G/90 for his career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Leicester City will be Kasper Schmeichel. Schmeichel has seen the pitch for 46,004 mins and has 1,508 stops so far in his career. His GA/90 is 1.13 (576 goals given up) and his save percentage is .730. The goalkeeper born in Denmark has seen 2,067 shots attempted against him in 511 career starts. Schmeichel (234-131-148 record during his career) has accumulated 176 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 34.4% shutout percentage.
The last time they took the pitch, Manchester United went home victorious with a score of 6-2 against Leeds United. They wrapped up this match by completing 273 out of their 353 passes they attempted for a percentage of 77.3%. Manchester United had a 77.3% successful dribble percentage by converting 17 out of the 22 dribbles they attempted. Manchester United had 13 shots tried out of 24 shots tried giving them a 54.2% clip when they last stepped onto the pitch. Having accumulated 27 goals and 19 assists in all their matches, Manchester United averages 2.08 goals and 1.46 assists per 90.
Marcus Rashford will be someone to watch for Manchester United. The forward representing England has played 10,448 mins while he has scored 49 goals. He has totaled 13 yellow cards so far in his career and has helped on a goal 25 times. He scores 0.42 goals per 90 mins and has been in the starting lineup in 113 contests in his pro soccer career. Be sure to watch out for Bruno Fernandes, the midfielder representing Portugal. He has collected 75 goals in his career while helping on a goal 54 different times. Fernandes has been given 45 yellow card cautions in 17,785 minutes played (202 starting assignments). His goals per 90 minute average in his career is 0.38.
David de Gea will look after the net for Manchester United. de Gea has totaled 131 shutouts and defended 1,476 shots attempted against him in 34,228 career minutes. He sports a save percentage of .732 and his clean sheet rate is currently at 34.4%. He has allowed 1.09 goals per 90 and he has earned a record of 205-86-90. In his career, de Gea has conceded 413 goals and has tallied 1,082 saves in 381 starts.
Who will win tonight's EPL game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Leicester City (+175)
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