A winner with both teams scoring in Chelsea v Liverpool on Friday night however the 0.5pt bet on Adam Lallana didn’t fall to fruition despite two left field players scoring for the Reds.
Manchester United v Leicester City
Venue: Old Trafford
Kick Off: 12:30
Referee: Mike Dean
Luke Shaw is a doubt for United with a slight groin problem, which saw him substituted late on at Watford, whilst Anthony Martial could be kept out after sustaining concussion on Sunday.
Jose Mourinho could make wholesale changes from that defeat at Vicarage Road, which saw the Red Devils to a third defeat in eight days in all competitions.
Kasper Schmeichel could return in goal for Leicester after missing their last two games through injury. The stopper returned to training on Thursday and could be ready in time.
Marcin Wasilewski is suspended after his dismissal in the EFL Cup against Chelsea.
Manchester United were all over the place in their 3-1 defeat against Watford and that meant the honeymoon period for Jose Mourinho was over.
The continual questioning of where is Wayne Rooney’s best position could be answered by putting him on the bench for this one. Yes he started in the EFL Cup versus Northampton – having one disallowed and missing a sitter, but nobody seems to know his best position.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic should lead the line and possibly Mourinho could go to two up front to allow Marcus Rashford to play in his preferred position.
Michael Carrick started on Wednesday and he would be the perfect player to anchor the midfield. His presence would allow Paul Pogba to have more of a roaming role, which should help the Frenchman thrive.
Claudio Ranieri spoke about revenge following Leicester’s defeat to this opposition in the Community Shield. His side have plenty on their plate with the Champions League in midweek.
The Foxes went into extra-time against Chelsea on Tuesday but that is arguably cancelled out by United playing 24 hours later.
The current champions have had a mixed start to the season but this looks a game where they can get a result.
Both fixtures between these two last season finished 1-1 and the four meetings since Leicester’s return to the league have landed Both Teams to Score, which is the obvious player in this contest and is 13/15 with 10Bet.
I’m wanting to side with Leicester in this one, so the markets to choice include Double Chance and the handicap markets.
Leicester +1 on the Asian Handicap looks the safest of the options. This means we have the win and draw on our side plus if the Foxes lose by one goal the bet is voided.
Pricewise Leicester or Draw in the Double Chance market is a better price (4/3 888 Sport), however if Man United do prevail I can see it being by the narrowest of margins, which plays into our favour in the market I suggest compared to this one.
The recent four head to head’s don’t really give too many trends other than low on cards and not many corners.
The corner stats line up at: 6; 7; 9 & 11, so not many at all. Manchester United matches average 7.6 this season (second league lowest) and Leicester games average 8.6.
On the cards front they total up at (red cards in brackets): 2 (1); 1; 1 & 3 (1). Once more it is very low on this count. Man United have collected 12 cautions this season, averaging 2.4 per game compared to Leicester’s 7 at an average of 1.2 per game.
Mike Dean takes centre stage. Four Premier League matches showing 21 yellows and a red. An average of 5.5 cards per game but this fixture as stated tends to go under that.
The man from Wirral has already refereed Leicester in their defeat to Hull on the opening weekend. He awarded the Foxes a penalty that day and that is one of four penalties he’s given so far. Will he have the bottle to penalise a United player for grappling in front of the Stretford End?
A bet that looks made for this game is 2 or 3 Total Goals. The bookies must agree because it is slightly shorter than it has been in recent weeks but on the evidence of last season’s meetings we could see another 1-1 draw.
Leicester +1 Asian Handicap (7/9 – Bet Victor)
2 or 3 Goals (21/20 – Bet Victor/Bet Stars)