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Betting Preview: Manchester United v Leicester City – Premier League 2016/17

Manchester United welcome Premier League champions to Old Trafford on Saturday hoping to return to winning ways following successive league defeats to Manchester City and Watford. The Reds lost three games on the bounce in all competitions as Feyenoord added to United’s league troubles with victory in the Europa League, however, Mourinho’s men did see off plucky Northampton Town in the EFL Cup midweek. Let’s take a look at some of the odds floating about ahead of the weekend’s clash.

The match odds courtesy of William Hill* are as follows:

Manchester United win – 7/10

Draw – 3/1

Leicester City win – 9/2

The bookies have Mourinho’s men as the favourites from this game at 7/10 on! Meaning a £10.00 bet would return just £17.00 including your stake. I can’t help but think 9/2 for an away win is flattering United somewhat. The Reds are hardly in form and Leicester are the reigning champions after all.

Match Result and Both Teams to Score

Manchester United – 13/5

Draw – 7/2

Leicester City – 7/1

Goalscorers

Where else to start than with the man (or boy) of the moment, Marcus Rashford. The 18-year-old netted in United’s 3-1 defeat to Watford last weekend before scoring the third goal in the Reds 3-1 victory over League One side Northampton Town midweek. Only Zlatan Ibrahimovic (5) has more goals than Rashford this season (3) and no United player has scored more than the teenager (11) since he made his debut in February of this year.

  • Rashford to score anytime – 5/4
  • Rashford to score first – 4/1
  • Rashford to score 2 or more – 13/2
  • Rashford to score a hat-trick – 35/1

Spaniard Ander Herrera opened his account for the campaign with a typically well-struck goal against Northampton midweek and while it might have only been against a League One side, the Reds looked a better side with Herrera in it. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Herrera start on Saturday.

  • Herrera to score anytime – 11/2
  • Herrera to score first – 16/1

Leicester’s two key players last term have both continued their good form into this campaign. Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez top the Foxes goal scoring charts with 3 goals apiece. The former has two goals in his last three matches against the Reds and will be looking to add to that tally on Saturday.

  • Jamie Vardy to score anytime – 11/5
  • Jamie Vardy to score first – 7/1
  • Riyad Mahrez to score anytime – 14/5
  • Riyad Mahrez to score first – 9/1

Correct Score

These two sides played out the curtain raiser for the 2016/17 season when they faced off in the Community Shield at Wembley back in August. United came out on top that day with goals from Jesse Lingard and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a 2-1 win. The same 2-1 scoreline is priced at 7/1. The Reds last beat Leicester in the league during the 2014/15 season. Goals from Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and a Wes Morgan own goal meant United triumphed 3-1 at Old Trafford. You can back a 3-1 home win at 14/1. The Foxes haven’t beaten United in the last four meetings between the two sides however their last victory in this fixture was one of the most memorable matches in recent Premier League history. How can you forget the 5-3 Leicester win in 2014 when United lead 3-1? Unfortunately, William Hill isn’t offering odds on the same scoreline however bookmaker Paddy Power have the 5-3 away win priced at a whopping 500/1!

Enhanced Odds

Let’s take a look at some of William Hill’s enhanced odds ahead of Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off:

  • Marcus Rashford to score and Man Utd to win – 5/2
  • Riyad Mahrez to score and Leicester to win – 10/1
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score, Man Utd to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 – 6/1
  • Jamie Vardy to score, Leicester to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 – 12/1
  • Paul Pogba to score, Man Utd to win, both teams to score – 13/2
  • Islam Slimani to score, Leicester to win, both teams to score – 9/1

Bet of the Day

Neither side are pulling up any trees this season, however, I reckon United have just about enough to see off the reigning champions. My bet of the day is Man Utd to win and under 2.5 goals to be scored at 11/4. A 1-0 or 2-0 win for the Reds will see you pocket £37.50 from a £10.00 bet.

*All odds are correct as of Friday 23rd September and are subject to change

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