Leicester City v Manchester United Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Sunday, February 3, 2019


King Power Stadium

Punter's Pick

Despite United having to come back from a 2-0 deficit against Burnley in their last game, it is our belief that United should have too much for The Foxes in this game. The odds offered by Bet365 for a United victory is over evens at 23/20, which is excellent value. Leicester have been more successful on the road picking up 18 points versus 14 at home, and with United looking to stay on course for a top four finish after Chelsea’s victory, we can expect United to be quick out of the blocks.

Leicester welcome a resurgent Manchester United to the King Power Stadium in what is likely to be a fascinating encounter given Leicester’s successes over the big teams this season.

In their last game, Leicester came back to secure an unexpected draw against the league leaders at Anfield, as Harry Maguire headed on the stroke of half time. That certainly was a morale boosting performance for Claude Puel who had lost three on the bounce before that game and has had a strained relationship with the fans throughout his tenure. But victories over Chelsea and champions Man City earlier in the season certainly showed this result was no fluke and a testament to what Leicester can achieve when they play well. The fact that they made Liverpool look slow and lethargic showcased their ability to stifle the top teams.

Manchester United come into this game still undefeated under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, however a 2-2 draw at home against Burnley ended his 100% winning record. It was a surreal scoreline for most of the game as Burnley led 2-0, but the signs of the United of old were there to see as they rallied with two late goals from Pogba and Lindelof to secure a point. This would have been unlikely under Mourinho, so the signs of United showing both their flair and fighting qualities under Solskjaer bode well for the future.

Claude Puel will be boosted by the news that he has a near full strength squad to pick from and he may well set up with the same 11 that frustrated Liverpool on Wednesday night. It is likely that Leicester will look to sit deep and then utilise the pace of Jamie Vardy and Demarai Gray on the counter attack.

Solskjaer on the other hand will need to think about how to handle his squad, with his next three games coming in nine days, including the blockbuster Champions League encounter against Paris St Germain. Paul Pogba picked up a knock against Burnley but is likely to recover, as is Anthony Martial who missed out on the game against The Clarets.

The head to head encounters between these two certainly do favour United. Since the start of the Premier League era, Leicester have only registered two wins against United, whereas The Red Devils have 16. The reverse fixture earlier in the season saw United win 2-1 with goals from Pogba and Luke Shaw, despite Jamie Vardy’s 90th minute consolation. Leicester have not beaten United in their last nine games, but given their talent pool, this certainly could be achieved if they applied themselves as they have throughout the season against the big teams.

Despite United having to come back from a 2-0 deficit against Burnley in their last game, it is our belief that United should have too much for The Foxes in this game. The odds offered by Bet365 for a United victory is over evens at 23/20, which is excellent value. Leicester have been more successful on the road picking up 18 points versus 14 at home, and with United looking to stay on course for a top four finish after Chelsea’s victory,, we can expect United to be quick out of the blocks.

Punter's Pick

Despite United having to come back from a 2-0 deficit against Burnley in their last game, it is our belief that United should have too much for The Foxes in this game. The odds offered by Bet365 for a United victory is over evens at 23/20, which is excellent value. Leicester have been more successful on the road picking up 18 points versus 14 at home, and with United looking to stay on course for a top four finish after Chelsea’s victory, we can expect United to be quick out of the blocks.

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