Leicester v Man United Betting Tips: Can Puel’s men outfox Solskjaer?
Nick Murphy | 3 February 2019
Betting preview and odds for Premier League
Leicester City will be looking to upset the odds for the second time in five days when they welcome Manchester United to the King Power Stadium this afternoon.
The Foxes battled to an unlikely draw against Liverpool on Wednesday night. Can they do the same – or better – against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s rejuvenated Red Devils?
You can catch the action live on BT Sport 1 from 5:30pm, but first, check out our preview.
Claude Puel’s men are in the habit of taking points off the big teams this term. But they’ll need to go some to overturn a rotten recent record against United. The Foxes have won just once against the Red Devils since 1998 – a 5-3 home success in September 2014.
A Jose Mourinho-led United won 2-1 at Old Trafford last season, while a late leveller from man-of-the-moment Harry Maguire gave Leicester a 2-2 draw at the King Power.
The Foxes have no new injury worries but could hand a start to new arrival from Monaco, Youri Tielemans. The 21-year-old joined the club on-loan on deadline day and may start alongside Wilfred Ndidi and Nampalys Mendy in a midfield three.
That would allow Puel to revert to a front three, with Marc Albrighton and James Maddison lining up alongside Jamie Vardy.
Solskjaer is the manager more likely to make changes, with Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard primed for recalls. That could force Romelu Lukaku and Juan Mata to drop out, while Ander Herrera is poised to start in place of Andreas Pereira. Paul Pogba is touch-and-go through injury.
This one could be a right old ding-dong. Both teams like to play on the counter-attack, and both have a trio of pacey forwards capable of doing some serious damage.
United will be keen to exploit the attacking tendencies of full-back Ricardo Pereira, while Leicester’s hopes are pinned on Vardy’s excellent record against the visitors. The pacey forward has five goals in nine matches against Solskjaer’s men.
Ndidi’s battle with Pogba will also be one to keep an eye on.
Leicester upset the odds against Liverpool. They’re 5/2 to go one better and claim all three points here, while it’s 5/2 about the draw. You can back United at 11/10.
Regardless of who wins, this is a fixture that usually has goals. Both Teams to Score has landed in eight of the last 10 meetings between the pair and is 4/6 to do so again.
Vardy is the obvious choice for the hosts at 6/4, while Martial (8/5) is just ahead of Rashford (6/4) for the visitors. Maguire is 13/2 to follow up his strike in midweek with a second in as many home matches against today’s visitors.
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