Can Zlatan Ibrahimovic increase his outstanding home goal-record on Saturday?
Manchester United entertain champions Leicester City on Saturday lunch-time, in a game that both sides will feel they have a major chance of winning.
For United, this is an opportunity to go back to winning ways after two consecutive defeats in the league to Man City and Watford. With a record of two wins and two draws against Leicester in all competitions in the last four games between the two sides, the Red Devils will fancy their chances to get a good result here.
As for Leicester, they will be hoping that Jamie Vardy’s run of three goals in four against United goes to four in five at the very least, and that can help them get a second consecutive league win in a row, after the 3-0 win over Burnley last time out.
The Old Trafford outfit will be hoping that Zlatan Ibrahimovic can impose himself on this game, and increase his remarkable goal-scoring record on home turf going back to the beginning of April.
On 2nd April, Zlatan scored a hat-trick against French Side Nice while playing for PSG at the Parc Des Princes . In the next and final three home games he played for PSG, he scored two against Caen, Rennes and Nantes respectively. At Old Trafford, he then scored on his home debut twice against Southampton and then once against Man City, meaning he has now scored in six successive home league games.
In this time, he has scored 12 times, and if the goals from the Champions League game against Man City, the Charity Shield game against Leicester and the away goal against Bournemouth are added the total adds to an incredible amount in that time period.
The 34-year-old seems to show no signs of slowing down any time soon and although he doesn’t dominate matches, his goals tally speaks for itself. It is highly likely that this will only increase after the game on Saturday against a Leicester defence which is a shadow of its former self.
Ranieri’s back-four have conceded seven times in the league this season, including four at Liverpool, and look especially vulnerable to the bigger sides this year. Conceding another four at home to Chelsea in the EFL Cup only intensifies that claim further.
While United don’t perhaps play quick free-flowing football such as the way Klopp has Liverpool, it is still a style of football that can affect Leicester. Zlatan’s towering header in the Charity shield proves that.
Despite wins over Burnley and Club Brugge and a slight up-turn in form, if United can keep out Vardy from increasing his goal-tally against United, Mourinho’s side should get back to winning ways. The defending from Ranieri’s side hasn’t shown the capabilities of keeping too many clean sheets as of yet, and with Wes Morgan only winning 44% of his duels, there is a high chance of a United win on Saturday with Zlatan increasing his simply awesome goal-tally.
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