Leicester v Manchester United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

December 19, 2017

- Grant Whittington

King Power Stadium - Premier League

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas thanks to this Saturday night Premier League offering, as Leicester host Manchester United at the King Power. Jose Mourinho’s side are likely to be 14 point behind runaway leaders Manchester City, so this is a must-win for the visitors.

Past Meetings

Manchester United are going for their fifth consecutive win against Leicester, and are unbeaten in their last seven since the memorable 5-3 a few years ago. That was United’s only defeat in their last 18 games against the Foxes. Earlier this season late goals from Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini were enough to secure the points for the Reds in a 2-0 victory.

Team News

After missing Leicester’s League Cup tie on Tuesday due to his red card last weekend, Wilfred Ndidi is free to play in this one. Robert Huth and Matty James are both closing in on a return to action, although this game’s likely to come too soon for the pair.

Paul Pogba is available for Manchester United again after his suspension, although fellow midfielders Fellaini and Michael Carrick remain sidelined. In-form Antonio Valencia went off clutching his hamstring against West Brom on Sunday and misses out, along with Eric Bailly who’s had to resort to surgery on his ankle problem.

Leicester v Manchester United Preview and Predictions

Although the title is all but gone for Manchester United, Mourinho’s men need to secure their place in the top four and continue their progression in the post-Ferguson era. Leicester meanwhile are looking to bounce back from a hugely disappointing result last time out.

After the form the Foxes had been in, few expected Crystal Palace to dismantle Claude Puel’s team like they did on Saturday. The Leicester boss will hope for a reaction from his players, as they attempt to mount a challenge for the European places. The home fans meanwhile will be desperate to see their side counter attacking with the verve they’ve become known for, rather than the insipid display they put in last time out.

Manchester United meanwhile will be boosted by the return of Pogba, whose importance to the team has been obvious during the course of his ban and injury earlier in the campaign. If United are going to convince the big names to join in the summer, then they need to perform well in the second half of the season and at least keep the title race mathematically open for as long as possible.

The Reds start this one as favourites with the bookmakers, priced at 4/5. Leicester are available at 4/1, while the draw’s 11/4.

Recommended Bets

Manchester United to win and both teams to score at 3/1

United keep suffering injuries to key defenders this season, and can’t seem to name a consistent backline. Leicester will have chances but the Reds should have too much for them.

Over 3.5 goals at 12/5

Since Leicester returned to the Premier League in 2014, there’s been 29 goals in eight games between the teams. Hopefully we’re in for a Christmas cracker on Saturday night.

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