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Leicester hosts United in battle for first place

We’re 13 rounds into the Premier League and Leicester is top of the table on 28 points. The Foxes face a stiff test this week with second placed Manchester United coming into town.

Soccer Authority breaks down the biggest matches in the Premier League this weekend.

Leicester (+225) vs. Manchester United (+140)

This game looks all set to be the highlight of the weekend with Leicester taking on Manchester United. But perhaps the most talked about subject will be Jamie Vardy’s consecutive goalscoring record.

If the Leicester man can score he will break Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in 10 consecutive Premier League games. To do that, however, he will need to get through the meanest defense in the league. United has only given up nine goals this season and haven’t conceded a goal from open play in over four weeks!

Key Stats:

– Man Utd have won 10 of their last 11 matches against Leicester.
– Leicester have scored at least 2 goals in 8 of their last 9 matches in the EPL.

Injuries/Suspension: Michael Carrick, Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia (Man Utd). Leicester will have a fully fit squad to choose from

Tottenham (+150) vs. Chelsea (+500)

This London derby rarely fails to entertain and we could have an epic battle on our hands this Sunday.

Despite Chelsea narrowly winning their last two games, Tottenham will come into this game as favorites (+150). One concern that Spurs backers might have is that they have played on Thursday in Azerbaijan (7 hour flight from London) so we may see some jet lag from players after enduring a long round trip mid-week.

John Terry picked up an injury in Chelsea’s last game and should struggle to be fit in time.

Despite all Chelsea’s criticisms they do tend to come good in these big games and with two wins under their belt they won’t be under so much pressure.

Key Stats:

– Spurs have scored 1st in 7 of their last 9 games against teams placed in the bottom 6 of the EPL
– There have been no shortage of goals in this fixture with an average of 4.4 Goals per game when looking at the last 8

Injuries/Suspensions: John Terry, Ramires (Doubtful) Falcao (Out)

Liverpool (-200) vs. Swansea (+750)

It’s hard to see past Liverpool in this game. Liverpool are a vastly improved side under Jurgen Klopp and have only lost once since the German was appointed Manager.

Swansea on the other hand are going through one of their worst spells in the last 3 years with only 1 win in their last 10 games in all competitions.

Gary Monk’s (Swansea) Job is on the line and you have to expect another loss will see him shown the door.

Key Stat:

– Liverpool have won 5 of their last 6 in all competitions including a 4-1 thrashing of Man City last weekend.
– Over the last 6 meetings between the teams Swansea have conceded an average of 3 Goals per game

Injuries/Suspensions: Sturridge and Henderson are the only major absentees for Liverpool, Swansea will have a fully fit squad of players to choose from