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

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Saturday, September 14, 2019


Old Trafford

Punter's Pick

A draw at 11/4 with Bet365 looks like a good value proposition, with Leicester’s solid defence and menacing forward line likely to cause the home side plenty of troubles throughout. Leicester are further still a generous 3/1 to secure a draw at Old Trafford with a +1 goal handicap, again with Bet365, and this should be given serious consideration.

Manchester United welcome an impressive Leicester City side to Old Trafford for an intriguing looking clash, with the home side under pressure to perform after an underwhelming start to the season.

Leicester look to show pedigree against top six again

Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers has made no secret of the fact he wants his side to close the gap on the top six this season, or even be the side that breaks the stranglehold and muscle into one of the top half a dozen positions. His side have made an impressive start to their quest to achieve this, being one of only three sides undefeated in the opening rounds of the current campaign alongside Liverpool and Manchester City.

A 1-1 draw against Chelsea earlier in the season was a great showcase of what the Foxes are capable of achieving this campaign, as they worked their way back into the game after conceding an early goal to come away with a point. With Jamie Vardy coming into form, ably supported by the impressive James Maddison and Ayoze Perez, they have enough guile and firepower to trouble most teams, particularly away from home where their counter attacking prowess can come to the fore.

Stuttering United in need of a result

A 4-0 thumping of Chelsea on the opening day of the season is fast proving to be a false dawn for United, with a winless run of three games putting things into context and again surfacing questions around the underlying quality within the squad. Apart from the impressive Daniel James, the Red Devils have failed to lived up to expectations so far this season, with the likes of Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial in particular looking off the pace in a disappointing start to the campaign.

With just one goal scored in each of their last three games, the decision to sell Romelu Lukaku and let fellow forward Alexis Sanchez leave on loan, both to Inter Milan, may yet still come back to haunt manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Whilst both were not at the best last season, they offer United different options in attack, something which looks to be clearly lacking with a forward line reliant almost exclusively on hitting teams with pace.

Team News

Manchester United already have a mounting injury list coming into this fixture, and could be without several first regulars. Full back Aaron Wan-Bissaka withdrew from England duty with a back problem, and was joined by Jesse Lindgaard who was sent home with illness. Paul Pogba also missed France’s Euro 2020 qualifiers with an ankle injury and will be struggling to make this fixture. Eric Bailly remains a long term absentee while Anthony Martial has not recovered from a knock picked up in the defeat against Crystal Palace.

The Foxes by way of contrast look to have come through the international break with no injury headaches and should have a fully fit squad to choose from.

Foxes to continue undefeated start?

The form book suggest Leicester should fancy their chances of coming away with at least a point from this fixture, with United looking vulnerable in defence and short of ideas in attack. Not in their favour is their dreadful run of form against United in recent seasons, with only one win in their last 21 league fixtures against the hosts, including a sequence of no wins in their last ten meetings with the Red Devils. They will however feel the timing of this fixture represents a great chance to set that record straight, and a positive result at Old Trafford would further enhance their growing reputation as a team to watch this season as the Premier League waits for someone to break the monopoly of the top six sides.

Punter's Pick

A draw at 11/4 with Bet365 looks like a good value proposition, with Leicester’s solid defence and menacing forward line likely to cause the home side plenty of troubles throughout. Leicester are further still a generous 3/1 to secure a draw at Old Trafford with a +1 goal handicap, again with Bet365, and this should be given serious consideration.

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