Man Utd v Leicester Betting Tips

Publish: 23.09.2018

Man Utd fans will be in high spirits as they head to Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon after watching their team open up their assault on the Premier League with back to back 4-0 wins.

Next up for United is Leicester City early on Saturday evening.

The Foxes bounced back from a narrow opening day defeat against Arsenal to beat Brighton at the King Power Stadium. With all systems firing from an attacking perspective, Leicester could be the first side to trouble Man Utd this season.

Top Betting Tips

Man Utd to win and both teams to score at 9/4 with Bet365

Over 2.5 goals at 7/10 with Betfair

Jamie Vardy to score first at 21/2 with BetVictor

Anthony Martial to score last at 6/1 with Paddy Power

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Betting Analysis

Early days it may be but Man Utd’s first two wins have seen their odds to win the Premier League shorten already. They are certainly very short to beat Leicester at a best price of 31/100 with Marathonbet.

With the Leicester squad clearly enjoying themselves under Craig Shakespeare and their style of play remaining highly effective, the Foxes should be set for a good season.

They should also be able to put the Man Utd defence under some serious pressure at times. So, rather than simply backing the home side to get the three points, have a bet on Man Utd to win and both teams to score at 9/4 with Bet365.

Jamie Vardy to score first at 21/2 with BetVictor

Jamie Vardy to score first at 21/2 with BetVictor

Given that both Man Utd and Leicester have been involved exclusively in high scoring games this season it makes sense to assume there will be more goals at Old Trafford. Over 2.5 goals look a decent price at 7/10 with Betfair and we recommend you take it.

Jose Mourinho is the sort of manager who never rests of his laurels and he’ll be telling his players to get off to a fast start to try and quell the Leicester resistance.

However, the Foxes are world-class on the counterattack and the away side could be the ones to open the scoring. If they do score first on the counter, Jamie Vardy is the man most likely to get the goal and you can back him at 21/2 to score the game’s opener with BetVictor.

Anthony Martial needs to prove to Mourinho that he deserves a place in the Man Utd starting XI. His goal against Swansea helped his cause but he may have to come off the bench once again.

The Frenchman’s pace will be a real problem in the latter stages so bet on Martial to score the game’s last goal at 6/1 with Paddy Power.

Key Battles

Man Utd did not escape criticism after their thumping win over Swansea. Their late goal scoring spree put a slant on the game that was arguably more positive than their performance warranted.

Mourinho talked about ‘letting the horses run free’ in reference to his pacey players but in the earlier stages of the game, United were playing too slowly through the middle of the pitch.

Leicester will be hoping for something similar at Old Trafford. Shakespeare’s team are very well organised and they will make it very tough for United’s creative players to make an impact. The Red Devils may well score more late goals but that battle for space in the middle of the pitch will be vital.

It will also be interesting to see how well Jamie Vardy can upset the Man Utd centre back pairing of Phil Jones and Eric Bailly. If he gets good service both in terms of crosses and balls over the top, Vardy could well have a big impact on the game.

Match Stats

  • Man Utd are unbeaten in their last six meetings with Leicester, winning four of those games
  • Back to back four nil wins for Man Utd make it eight clean sheets in their last 11 Premier League games
  • Leicester won just two away games Premier League games last season
  • The last time Leicester won at Old Trafford was in January 1998
  • The first four games involving these two teams this season have included 17 goals

Predicted Line-Up

Man Utd – De Gea; Bailly, Jones, Valencia, Blind; Pogba, Matic, Mkhitaryan, Mata, Rashford; Lukaku

Leicester – Schmeichel; Maguire, Morgan, Fuchs, Simpson; James, Ndidi, Albrighton, Mahrez; Okazaki, Vardy