Leicester v United: Key pre-match info
Manchester United head into the final game of an elongated Premier League campaign knowing that a win or draw against Leicester City will secure our place in next year’s UEFA Champions League.
The Reds head into the game on the back of Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with West Ham United, while the Foxes suffered a bruising 3-0 defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur last Sunday.
Ahead of this weekend’s huge game in the East Midlands, we’ve rounded up all the need-to-know details, including the top-four permutations….
Sunday’s game will be broadcast live in the UK, on Sky Sports Main Event, with kick-off set for 16:00 BST. MUTV subscribers can watch exclusive build-up in the Match Day Live show from 14:55 BST, followed by live commentary of the game itself. With fans unable to attend the matches, our Season Ticket holders have been offered free access to MUTV Digital for two months, and can watch match highlights the following day, along with the rest of our exclusive content.
With three sides still vying for the final two Champions League spots, there are plenty of permutations ahead of Sunday. The Reds will guarantee a spot at Europe's top table for 2020/21 with a win or a draw at the King Power, and even a defeat will see us home, if Wolves win at Stamford Bridge.
Should the Reds win, we’ll almost certainly guarantee a third-placed finish given our significantly superior goal difference over Chelsea, who themselves would finish fourth regardless of their score against Wolverhampton Wanderers. In this scenario, Leicester would end the season in fifth. A draw at the King Power is also likely to mean the Foxes miss out, although three points for Leicester's Midland rivals in west London would see United and Leicester taking the two spots, ahead of Frank Lampard's men.
Martin Atinkson has been appointed for Sunday’s match. The Yorkshireman has taken charge of three United games this season, including our reverse meeting with the Foxes in September, which we emerged from with a 1-0 victory. We’ve won two and drawn once when Atkinson has been the man in the middle this season, with all of these games taking place at Old Trafford. The official will be assisted at the King Power by Lee Betts and Constantine Hatzidakis, while it’s Oliver Langford on fourth official duty. Paul Tierney and Peter Kirkup will be watching proceedings from the VAR headquarters at Stockley Park
As usual on the final day of the season, all 10 league games will be played simultaneously. All eyes will be on the King Power, where the Reds will be hoping to finish the season in style, while at Stamford Bridge, Champions League and Europa League places are on the line for Chelsea and Wolves, with Tottenham Hotspur still in with a chance of leapfrogging Nuno Espirito Santo's men.
Meanwhile, at the foot of the table, two of Aston Villa, Watford and Bournemouth will go down with Norwich City. It's the Villans who head into the weekend in the driving seat as they currently reside in 17th in the table, and above their relegation rivals. Here’s a full list of the 38th, and final, round of Premier League fixtures for 2019/20…
SUNDAY 22 JULY
Arsenal v Watford
Burnley v Brighton & Hove Albion
Chelsea v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur
Everton v Bournemouth
Leicester City v UNITED
Manchester City v Norwich City
Newcastle United v Liverpool
Southampton v Sheffield United
West Ham United v Aston Villa
All games kick off at 16:00 BST.
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