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Preview – Manchester United v Leicester

Preview – Manchester United v Leicester


Manchester United host champions Leicester in Saturday’s early game in a fixture that could have a significant bearing on both team’s campaigns.

The Red Devils started the season serenely but three recent defeats in all competitions scuppered their progress and they will be desperate to put things right against the Foxes.

A 3-1 midweek EFL Cup win over Northampton will have boosted morale though and may also have given Jose Mourinho a number of selection issues to ponder having made wholesale changes.

Captain Wayne Rooney was one of the few to retain his place at Sixfields and will be hoping to prove his doubters wrong on Saturday following plenty of recent criticism. The veteran has a habit of bouncing back, and 21/20 for him to score at anytime should certainly be considered.

Leicester themselves lost to Chelsea in the EFL Cup but their defeat may prove a blessing in disguise as it will allow them greater time to focus on their title defence.

Claudio Ranieri, whose side are a tempting 17/4 to win the game, perhaps wisely took the chance to rest some of his stars against his former club but expect all of their main men to be back for Saturday.

Following a positive start, Ranieri will be banking on his new strike partnership of Jamie Vardy and Islam Slimani. Summer signing Slimani netted twice last weekend and his aerial prowess against a shaky United defence suggests 14/5 for him to score at anytime is a price well worth taking on, while Vardy is 12/5 in the same market.

It all points to an entertaining affair and both teams to score is 20/23 but if you are searching for value the 2/1 on offer for over 3.5 goals with ComeOn! could be the answer.

Another thing to consider could be that United won 2-1 when these sides faced off in August’s Community shield and the same scoreline at 15/2 is certainly worth a thought.


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