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Another second half comeback away from home saw Man United secure their Champions League spot for next season, even though that hasn’t really been in doubt for a while and now with two games in three days they may opt to rotate a bit more for a clash that ultimately is meaningless for the hosts as they can now begin preparations for the Europa League final.
Leicester must be getting flashbacks to last season as they suffered a 4-2 defeat to Newcastle in what must be a damaging blow to confidence heading into their final three fixtures against Man United, Chelsea and Spurs, knowing they can ill afford to come away empty handed from those fixtures if they want to hang on to that top four spot that they agonisingly let slip last year.
That may be easier said than done, especially when playing away at Old Trafford where they haven’t won since January 1998, going D2-L10 since that 1-0 win and losing each of their last four since winning the title in the 2015/16 season.
Of course, there are other factors to take into consideration, such as the lack of fans and the fact that the Foxes have actually picked up more points on the road this year (35) than United have picked up at home (30), so the head-to-heads should be taken with a pinch of salt.
United are now on a 14 match unbeaten run in the league, winning six of their last seven outings including big wins over Spurs, West Ham and Man City so they will certainly be the more confident team here considering Brenden Rogers’ side have lost half of their last six games, while their only wins in the last 11 games have come against bottom half opposition, losing each of their last three against the top half which doesn’t stand them in good stead.
Both Teams To Score
All things considered, we’d be surprised if the visitors came away with maximum points here, especially when noting they have the FA Cup final this weekend to prepare for, though we’d certainly expect them to at least get on the scoresheet.
They’ve only drawn a blank twice in their last 22 matches, with the first of those coming in a 0-0 draw with Wolves as Kelechi Iheanacho started ahead of Jamie Vardy when he had only scored five goals in 22 appearances this season heading into that game, with the other coming against the best defence in the league in Man City.
They’ve scored in all but two of their 18 away games this season and we’d expect that record to stay at just two after this game, though we’d be surprised if they were to keep the likes of Bruno Fernandes (who has 27 goals this season), Marcus Rashford (21) Edinson Cavani (who has a goal every 48 minutes over the last eight matches), and Mason Greenwood (Man United’s all time top scoring teenager) at bay for a full 90 minutes, so both teams to score looks the best bet for this game.
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