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PREM LEICESTER CAN GIVE MAN UNITED TOUGH GAME

LEICESTER CAN GIVE MAN UNITED TOUGH GAME

21st September 2014

Leicester City pair Kasper Schmeichel and Matty James should be fit to face Manchester United after overcoming respective knee and shin injuries.

Deadline day signing Tom Lawrence could be involved against his former club, but Nick Powell is ineligible under the terms of his loan from Old Trafford.

Luke Shaw could make his Manchester United debut after returning from a hamstring injury while Chris Smalling has recovered from a groin problem.

Manchester United's £150m summer spending spree was designed to restore the club's X-factor, but they will need to guard against the ex-factor when they visit the King Power Stadium.

Eight of United's former players are on Leicester's books, with five having joined this summer: Tom Lawrence, Danny Simpson, Jack Barmby, Louis Rowley and Nick Powell, who is ineligible on Sunday under the terms of his season-long loan.

Ritchie de Laet, Danny Drinkwater and Matty James had all previously signed from the 20-time league champions and are likely to be involved against their former employers.

They will no doubt be motivated by the desire to prove their worth against the club that let them go but, in truth, they would struggle to get any playing time in this expensively-assembled new-look Manchester United side.

Leicester, like United, won at the fourth time of asking last weekend. They have every reason to be more satisfied with their start than United though, having already faced three of last season's top five.

The newly-promoted side have also spent a club record fee on an Argentine: Leonardo Ulloa's three goals so far make him good value for money already at £8m. With Ulloa's illustrious compatriot Esteban Cambiasso expected to start for the first time in Leicester's midfield, it's clear the Foxes have more to their armoury than just United's plethora of former players.

Manchester United have won the last nine successive Premier League meetings and are unbeaten in 10 since Tony Cottee's goal gave Leicester a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford in January 1998.

But, records mean nothing for the current United set up and whilst we thing Louis van Gaal is long term the right answer the odds for today's game don't reflect the present day.

Liverpool were turned over odds-on away from home yesterday and United look a false price at 4/6. Back Leicester plus 1 goal on the Asian with marathonbet at 19/20 - United have to win by two for you to lose.

Elsewhere, Everton can take care of Palace at Goodison but at 1/2 are too short to back and it's a similar story with Spurs against WBA. We can't bcak the baggies but after a tough European trip Spurs are a short price.

Joe Ross