20 December 2020 18:43
Manchester United, led by Portuguese forward Bruno Fernandes, faces Leeds United in an English Premier League match at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, on Sunday, December 20, 2020 (12/20/20). The message was posted by the Uruguayan on Instagram after he scored twice in United's 3-2 victory at Southampton last month in the Premier League. With nine Premier League goals to his name already this season, our tipster is backing the Whites striker to find the net once again on Sunday welcome rivals to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, and there is set to be plenty of goals in this Premier League clash. United top scorer Bruno Fernandes has seven goals, three of which have come from the penalty spot, and may prove to be a popular selection at 11/10 (2.10) with the Portuguese star deadly in the final third. Also struggling for potency is Mason Greenwood and the 13/8 (2.63) price does not look particularly appealing for a player who only has one goal in nine Premier League appearances this term.
Paul Pogba also has just one goal in 2020/21 and is a 3/1 (4.0) shot, whilst there could be decent value in Harry Maguire at 15/2 (8.50) considering Leeds have conceded five times from corners this season – the second-highest in the league. Record signing Rodrigo Moreno had arguably his best game in a Leeds United shirt when they demolished Newcastle 5-2 in midweek, and is a tempting 11/4 (3.75) to net again after scoring the second against the Magpies. Mateusz Klich has been on penalty duty this season and may represent good value at 3/1 (4.0) given that United have conceded four times from the spot. Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has admitted that the Red Devils rely a lot on Bruno Fernandes and believes they need "more players stepping up to the plate". United legend Andy Cole recently claimed the Red Devils should be 'concerned' about losing Fernandes, telling The Target Men Podcast: "I'm very surprised to see how quickly Bruno Fernandes has taken to the Premier League since he joined Manchester United.
Vardy's opener arrived at the end of a closely contested opening 45 minutes, during which Spurs captain Harry Kane's saved free-kick in the 34th minute and Foxes midfielder Maddison's deflected shot from distance were the only other attempts on target. Son Heung-min was denied at close range by Kasper Schmeichel as Jose Mourinho's disappointing hosts were left frustrated in search of a response, while Leicester went close to a late third through Youri Tielemans. As demonstrated in the past week, the need to deliver consistency is paramount going forward for Leicester, whose midweek defeat arrived between a devastating attacking display against Brighton and this impressive victory over a side threatening a title challenge. Despite troubles with their home form, the Foxes have been ruthless on the road, this their sixth win in seven league away games despite facing a Tottenham defence with the joint-best record in the competition. Vardy had a shot blocked at close range and Maddison fired over as Leicester were invited to ask the early questions of the Spurs backline, and they eventually got the breakthrough their positive play deserved as Vardy sent his penalty down the middle for his 11th goal of the campaign.
The returning Jonny Evans delivered an assured performance alongside Fofana in defence as the Foxes never appeared in danger of relinquishing their lead after Alderweireld's own goal, earning Rodgers a first Premier League win over Mourinho in eight attempts. It is the first time in the club's history that Leicester have sat in the top two of the top flight at Christmas in consecutive seasons, and their Champions League credentials will be tested once more against Manchester United next. Roberto Firmino's last-minute winner for Liverpool was a painful way for Spurs to concede top spot on Wednesday, as Mourinho's side spurned several good second-half chances to claim a statement win at the home of the champions. Liverpool's subsequent 7-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace on Saturday added even greater significance to Tottenham's response to a first league defeat since the opening day, with anything other than victory set to hand the Reds an ominous first glimpse of daylight in the title race. Mourinho will have been left scratching his head at defender Aurier's careless barge on Fofana to concede the penalty and responded with the introduction of Gareth Bale at half-time. He was soon forced to replace the injured Giovani lo Celso with Lucas Moura, yet despite an array of offensive players Spurs failed to get going in attack to leave any title aspirations in a precarious state. It is now one win in five Premier League games for Spurs after a tough run of fixtures including Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Leicester in their past six. Leicester won their first Premier League away game against Spurs since a 1-0 victory in 2015-16, the season they won the title. Jamie Vardy has been directly involved in seven goals in seven Premier League away games against Spurs, more than against any other opponent. Vardy has scored 19 goals in his past 19 Premier League away games. He also became the first player to score an away goal against an opponent at three different venues in the competition - White Hart Lane, Wembley and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers defeated a side managed by Jose Mourinho for the first time, at his eighth attempt. Tottenham have lost two of their past three Premier League games against Leicester - as many defeats as in their previous 12 against the Foxes. No player has scored more own goals for Spurs in the Premier League than Toby Alderweireld. Since joining Spurs in August 2017, Serge Aurier has given away four penalties in the Premier League - second only to Arsenal's David Luiz (five). Leicester host Manchester United on Saturday afternoon (12:30). Leicester Leicester City Leicester City Tottenham Hotspur Avg Squad number 1 Player name Lloris Average rating 4.25 Squad number 7 Player name Son Heung-Min Average rating 3.78 Squad number 5 Player name Højbjerg Average rating 3.76 Squad number 3 Player name Reguilón Average rating 3.68 Squad number 10 Player name Kane Average rating 3.54 Squad number 15 Player name Dier Average rating 3.54 Squad number 9 Player name Bale Average rating 3.51 Squad number 4 Player name Alderweireld Average rating 3.50 Squad number 17 Player name Sissoko Average rating 3.45 Squad number 18 Player name Lo Celso Average rating 3.44 Squad number 28 Player name Ndombele Average rating 3.34 Squad number 8 Player name Winks Average rating 3.32 Squad number 27 Player name Lucas Moura Average rating 3.26 Squad number 24 Player name Aurier Average rating 2.78 Leicester City Avg Squad number 9 Player name Vardy Average rating 8.32 Squad number 10 Player name Maddison Average rating 7.98 Squad number 25 Player name Ndidi Average rating 7.79 Squad number 2 Player name Justin Average rating 7.72 Squad number 3 Player name Fofana Average rating 7.69 Squad number 1 Player name Schmeichel Average rating 7.60 Squad number 15 Player name Barnes Average rating 7.60 Squad number 11 Player name Albrighton Average rating 7.59 Squad number 6 Player name Evans Average rating 7.55 Squad number 8 Player name Tielemans Average rating 7.42 Squad number 27 Player name Castagne Average rating 7.39 Squad number 18 Player name Amartey Average rating 6.93 Squad number 26 Player name Praet Average rating 6.79 Squad number 14 Player name Iheanacho Average rating 6.73 24 Aurier Substituted for Winks at 64' minutes Booked at 81mins 33 Thomas Referee: Craig Pawson Match Stats Live Text Post update Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Leicester City 2. Full Time Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Leicester City 2. Post update Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Tottenham Hotspur). Post update Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Post update Offside, Leicester City. Post update Foul by Sergio Reguilón (Tottenham Hotspur). Post update Marc Albrighton (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Post update Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Post update Foul by Dennis Praet (Leicester City). Post update Foul by Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur). Post update Jonny Evans (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Post update Foul by Harry Winks (Tottenham Hotspur). The back-up Manchester United goalkeeper is desperate to secure a move away from Old Trafford.