Manchester United vs. Leicester City Premier League Predictions

Premier League Man United vs Leicester City
Man United vs Leicester Premier League

The match is over.
Score: 1-0.

Manchester United look for their first win in three games against a Leicester City side that might be the prototypical team to upset the Red Devils.

Predictions

After a storming start to the new Premier League season with a 4-0 win over Chelsea, it’s been a frustrating few weeks for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. That result remains United’s only win of the season, with two draws – against Wolves and Southampton – and a defeat at home to Crystal Palace.

Palace’s counter-attacks caused United frequent problems and in Leicester, United face a side who counter-attack as well as any team in the top flight short of Manchester City. The presence of Jamie Vardy means the United defence will not be able to rest for a moment, as one ball in behind the backline will set the forward free.

Vardy has three goals this season, including two in Leicester’s last outing, a home win over Bournemouth, and supply from the likes of James Maddison and Youri Tielemans should give him plenty of opportunities. Harry Maguire, who left Leicester for United over the summer, will need to keep a close eye on his old colleague.

United at least have been able to score at the other end with decent frequency. Only the league’s top two, Liverpool and City, have scored more than United’s seven in four games, and in Daniel James, United have a real gem of a player – one who has taken immediately to the Premier League.

The concern for Solskjaer – and the aim for Leicester counterpart Brendan Rodgers – should be that United get frustrated on the ball, unable to find a way through, and give up possession in dangerous areas. Midfield will be key, and how United use, retain and regain the ball will go a long way towards deciding the outcome.

Leicester will be prepared for that, and can expect to score at least once. There’s an air of fragility around United, which the Foxes can exploit and win 2-1.

Betting Tips

It’s not that long ago that a Leicester win at Old Trafford would be a giant upset for the best online bookmakers. It’d still be a surprise, but not the earth-shattering one of a few years ago. But if Palace can do it, so can Leicester. There simply hasn’t been enough time for United to correct their flaws. 888Sport price an away win and BTTS at 15/2.

He’s in form, and he’s strong where United’s defence is week – for all Maguire’s qualities, if he has to turn and run towards his own goal in a footrace with Vardy, there’s only likely to be one winner. And David De Gea isn’t unbeatable in goal anymore, like he was in the past. Vardy anytime is 47/20 at 888Sport.

Statistics

Head to Head

United did the double over Leicester last season, winning 1-0 at the King Power Stadium in February, and 2-1 at Old Trafford in August.

Leicester’s last win over United came in 2014, a 5-3 thriller that had seen the Foxes 3-1 down.

Stats

  • Leicester have yet to lose this season, winning two and drawing two of their four league games.
  • United forward Marcus Rashford has had the second-most shots of all players in the top flight, with 16, but he’s scored only twice.
  • United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka has made the most tackles of all Premier League players, with 26. His Leicester rival Ricardo Pereira is second with 20.
  • Last season’s 1-0 United win was the first game between United and Leicester since 2004 to have fewer than two goals.

Aspiring football journalist who realised he could put his vast knowledge towards gambling and making some money. With years spent on Football Manager, his boyhood obsession has carried over into his adult life and he's proven his mum that all that time spent playing a game wasn't to be wasted. A European football expert, James writes about anything on the continent and has began expanding his knowledge to other leagues in South America, Asia and the USA.

All Predictions by James Cooke

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