Eric Bailly’s record against Leicester City

Manchester United defender Raphael Varane suffered an injury in the first half of France’s Nations League final win over Spain.

That means Eric Bailly could line up for Manchester United this weekend against Leicester.

Not too much is known about Varane’s injury, but as it stands, Bailly and Victor Lindelof are most likely to start at the heart of United’s defence at the Kind Power Stadium.

Bailly has a pretty decent record against Leicester across his time at the club.

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6 wins in 8 vs Leicester

In eight career matches against Leicester, Bailly has won six, drawn one and lost the other.

Bailly’s United debut was against the Foxes, as Jose Mourinho oversaw a 2-1 Community Shield win.

He tasted victory in all of his first six outings against Leicester, only conceding three goals in the process.

The bad news is that the draw and the defeat came in Bailly’s last two outings against Brendan Rodgers’ side.

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He had not played a Premier League game since the 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Tottenham when he was brought into the side for the Boxing Day clash with Leicester last season.

That game ended in a 2-2 draw, with Leicester scoring late on.

The only defeat came when United made a host of changes against Leicester near the end of last season.

The Foxes won 2-1 at Old Trafford, against a rotated side forced into a tight turnaround due to the rearranged fixture against Liverpool.

A familiar opponent

Bailly battled Jamie Vardy in that aforementioned clash at Wembley, and there have been some entertaining clashes between the pair since.

The Ivorian’s pace has always been handy in dealing with Vardy, and could help make up for the loss of Varane’s recovery speed if indeed the former Real Madrid man is ruled out.

Vardy will hope to exploit any rustiness in Bailly with his non-stop running and it will be an intriguing clash.

Bailly knows what to expect from the Englishman and will hope to extend his decent record against Leicester if he is pressed into action this weekend.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.