Friday, June 25, 2021

Prediction: Manchester United vs Leicester City

 

Verdict: Manchester United draw no bet

Best Odds: 8/11

Bookmaker: Unibet

In a real battle at the top of the Premier League table, Manchester United will welcome Leicester to an empty Old Trafford on Tuesday evening.

Manchester United

Starting with the hosts, despite falling 1-0 behind away at Aston Villa over the weekend, Manchester United enjoyed one of their famous turnaround victories on the road. Mounting a real second-half charge in the Midlands, the former Premier League champions managed to eventually land a 3-1 win on the road and they also delayed Manchester City’s title party. Securing back-to-back top-four finishes for the first time since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club, The Reds should find the mood in their camp at a high. Booking their spot in the final of this year’s Europa League earlier in the month after coming past Italian outfit Roma thanks to an action-packed 9-4 aggregate victory, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also remains within striking distance of claiming his first piece of silverware. Simply with their sights set on trying to push City as far as they can at the back end of the campaign, United have continued on a real domestic purple patch. Including that 3-1 win against Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon, the midweek hosts have mustered themselves 19 points from their last seven Premier League matchups.

Team News

Limping off at Villa Park over the weekend with a suspected ankle injury, Harry Maguire is set to miss out at Old Trafford this week. The England international will join Daniel James, Anthony Martial and Phil Jones on the sidelines.

With a stacked schedule on the cards over the next week, the likes of Donny van de Beek will be hoping for a rare Premier League start.

Leicester City

As for the visitors, while Leicester might still find themselves sat in pole position to secure a Champions League return, they really showed some signs of a wobble over the weekend. Putting in what was a sluggish display at the King Power on Friday night, The Foxes were hit with a stunning 4-2 defeat against Newcastle on home soil. Watching Chelsea land that shock victory away at Manchester City on Saturday and now slipping down to fourth in the table, Head Coach Brendan Rodgers will be desperate for his side to find some stability. Facing an end to the 2020/21 campaign that sees them face off against Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham in consecutive fixtures, Leicester know that they can not afford a similar collapse to last season. Despite coming past Southampton last month and booking their spot in this year’s FA Cup final, it should be noted that the former Celtic boss has seen his side win just a pair of their last six Premier League matchups.

Team News

Picking up an injury in the warm-up before Friday’s 4-2 defeat against Newcastle, defender Jonny Evans is set to miss out against his former club on Tuesday evening.

Aside from the former Manchester United defender, The Foxes have no fresh injuries to worry about in midweek.

Key Factors to Consider

  • When the two sides last faced off on FA Cup duties back in March, Leicester picked up a 3-1 victory.
  • However, The Foxes have lost each of their last four straight trips to Old Trafford.
  • Manchester United have mustered themselves 19 points from their last seven Premier League matchups.
  • Including that 4-2 defeat against Newcastle on Friday night, Leicester have won just a pair of their last six Premier League matchups.
  • Manchester United have won 10 Premier League matches after conceding first this season, a record by a team in a single season in the competition.

Conclusion

While Manchester United might be expected to make some changes on Tuesday in preparation for what is a stacked week ahead, the former Premier League champions should be smelling a chance on home soil. Mounting another eye-catching turnaround on the road over the weekend and eventually leaving Aston Villa with a 3-1 win, The Reds have continued on a real top-flight purple patch. Wrapping up another top-four finish and managing to muster themselves 19 points from their last seven Premier League matchups, Leicester might face another stern test on the road. Suffering that stunning 4-2 defeat at home against Newcastle over the weekend, The Foxes have shown some recent signs of a wobble. Losing each of their last four straight trips to Old Trafford, don’t be surprised to see a similar outcome in midweek.

Verdict: Manchester United draw no bet 

Best Odds: 8/11

Bookmaker: Unibet

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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