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Leicester City will host Manchester United from kick-off in a host of Premier League matches on Boxing Day, with the visitors just one point behind Foxes in third place.

United last visited Leicester on the last day of last season’s Premier League and won 2-0 at the King Power Stadium, earning them a third place and a Champions League qualification, and gets into the match after making the Carabao Cup Semi-Final.

While the Red Devils have failed to secure that Champions League spot, they will be aware of the high stakes surrounding their trip again this time around. A win for Leicester keeps them in second place, while a win for United would see them jumping the Foxes into position.

With the high stakes and leftover turkey and beef sandwiches in full swing, here’s 90 minsPreview of the opening of Boxing Day.

When does the kick-off take place? Saturday December 26
What time is the kick off? 12:30 p.m. (GMT)
Where is it played? King Power Stadium
TV channel / live broadcast? BT Sport 1 (UK), fuboTV (US)
Arbitrator? Mike Dean

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Soyuncu could return for Leicester | Michael Regan / Getty Images

Caglar Soyuncu could return for the Fox following a torn adductor muscle, but might not make a full comeback right away and could be saved for their trip to Crystal Palace on Monday.

Jamie Vardy is available for selection again, having recovered from the discomfort in his hip. Ricardo Pereira remains unavailable as he continues to struggle to find full fitness, but the Foxes otherwise have a fully fit squad at their disposal.

United are expected to be without Scott McTominay, who limped against Leeds last weekend but welcomed Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe in their 2-0 Carabao Cup win over Everton. Tuanzebe can start over if Aaron Wan-Bissaka fails to recover in time.

Luke Shaw also returned to action in the game and will be available again against Leicester, giving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a healthy squad.

The city of Leicester: Schmeichel; Justin, Fofana, Evans, Castagne; Ndidi, Tielemans; Albrighton, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy.

Manchester United: De Gea; Tuanzebe, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, Pogba; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial.

Leicester’s inconsistency was frustrating for fans, but did not prove to be detrimental and improved in December. A 2-0 home loss to Everton was followed by a brilliant three-point opponent at Tottenham last weekend, keeping them second and knocking Spurs out of the top four for the time being.

Jamie Vardy has been in hot red form this season; his penalty against Jose Mourinho’s side was his 11th strike in the league of the season, keeping him in second place in the table alongside Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Son Heung-min.

However, Brendan Rodgers’ side should be aware of the threat that comes with United’s welcome to King Power. The Red Devils hold a perfect away-from-home league record so far this season and have looked fully recharged since leaving the Champions League in the group stage.

Bruno Fernandes was on the scoresheet in the last game of last season and has continued his form in this campaign, having already accumulated nine goals and five assists in the league.

Here’s how each team has performed in their last five games.

Leicester City

Tottenham 0-2 Leicester (20/12)
Leicester 0-2 Everton (16/12)
Leicester 3-0 Brighton (13/12)
Leicester 2-0 AEK Athens (10/12)
Sheffield United 1-2 Leicester (6/12)

Manchester United

Everton 0-2 Manchester United (23/12)
Manchester United 6-2 Leeds United (20/12)
Sheffield United 2-3 Manchester United (17/12)
Manchester United 0-0 Manchester City (12/12)
RB Leipzig 3-2 Manchester United (8/12)

With enthusiastic scorers on both sides and desperate to enter 2021 in the lead, the stakes will be high in this one.

The league is as open as ever, and the top four could be very different after Boxing Day ends. Leicester will not have forgotten their bitter end of last season and a strong result against Spurs gives them as much confidence as they need to get into a game with United, but Solskjaer’s side are also flying high.

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An away win over Spurs was a whopping three points for the Foxes | Julian Finney / Getty Images

United have found their rhythm and seem unstoppable away from home for the moment, and will win three more points here.

Prediction: Leicester 1-3 Manchester United

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