Manchester United return to Wembley on Sunday following their FA Cup triumph in May to face Premier League champions Leicester City in the curtain raiser to the 2016/17 campaign. The Community Shield sees the winners of the previous league season take on the victors of the FA Cup. Any other season you’d think United were the league champions taking on the Foxes who had put together a good cup run but for Leicester’s fairy-tale title-winning campaign last season, that isn’t the case. United finished outside the top four for the second time in three years last season, finishing fifth, level on points with Manchester City, however, won the FA Cup for the first time since 2004 with their 2-1 extra-time victory over Crystal Palace in May.
The match odds courtesy of William Hill* are as follows:
Leicester City win – 3/1
Draw – 5/2
Manchester United win – 17/20
The Reds go into the game at Wembley on Sunday as favourites to win in 90 minutes at 17/20. A £10.00 stake returns £18.50.
To Win On Penalties
Leicester City – 6/1
Manchester United – 6/1
Should the match be level after 90 minutes the game will go straight to penalties, rather than an additional 30 minutes. Both sides are priced at 6/1 to win on penalties.
To Lift the FA Community Shield
Leicester City – 13/8
Manchester United – 4/9
The bookies also have Mourinho’s men favourites to lift the trophy at 4/9, whether that be in 90 minutes or via a penalty shoot-out.
It took new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic just four minutes to open his account for the Reds when he made his debut against Galatasaray in his native Sweden last week. In true Ibrahimovic style, the big striker met Antonio Valencia’s cross with an acrobatic volley to score United’s first of five goals in a 5-2 win over the Turkish side. The former PSG man is 23/20 to score anytime and 7/2 to net the game’s first goal.
The last time United were at Wembley it was Jesse Lingard who was the hero and match winner. His goal in extra time sent the red half of the stadium into euphoria as United registered their record-equaling 12th FA Cup victory beating Crystal Palace 2-1. You can back the 23-year-old at 15/2 to score the final goal of the game, just like he did in May.
Leicester’s Jamie Vardy netted in the league fixture at the King Power Stadium between the two sides back in November, breaking Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in consecutive league matches. Vardy notched 24 goals last term, only bettered by Tottenham’s Harry Kane. You can back Vardy to get on the score-sheet anytime at 19/10 and 6/1 for him to score first.
Both league meetings between the two sides finished 1-1 last season as Leicester surprised everyone and won the Premier League title. The 1-1 stalemate is priced at 6/1. United last beat the Foxes during the 2014/15 campaign at Old Trafford. On 31st January 2015, United beat Leicester 3-1 under the management of Louis van Gaal. You can get odds of United winning 3-1 at 14/1. Who can forget the famous (or infamous, depending which team you support) 5-3 victory for Leicester in their first season in the Premier League after gaining promotion in 2013/14. Unfortunately, William Hill isn’t offering odds on a repeat scoreline however bookmaker Paddy Power have the same scoreline priced at a humongous 500/1!
Bet of the Day
Sunday’s match up could see new manager Jose Mourinho lift his first piece of silverware during his short Old Trafford career thus far. My bet of the day is for both teams to score and Man Utd to win in 90 minutes at 3/1. A £10.00 stake with William Hill returns £40.00.
*All odds are correct as of Saturday 6th August and are subject to change.