Leicester City

V

King Power Stadium

23/12/2017 | 7:45 pm

Manchester United

V

King Power Stadium

23/12/2017 | 7:45 pm

In a sentence: Two of the Premier League’s most in-form teams clash at the King Power Stadium.

Last time: A comfortable 3-0 win for United in February which left Leicester just one point outside the relegation zone. Goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Juan Mata saw Jose Mourinho’s team head home with the points.

This time: Leicester are 41/10 to win with Manchester United at 9/11 and the draw 29/10.

You might remember: Leicester coming from 3-1 down to win this fixture 5-3, shortly after they were promoted to the Premier League in 2014.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

The remarkable record of Manchester City is slightly obscuring the fine form of other teams in the Premier League at the moment. Across the last six matches, Leicester and Manchester United have been the fourth and second best teams in the division respectively. With 13 goals seen in the three meetings in the Midlands since Leicester were last promoted, we could be in for an entertaining encounter.

Leicester are 41/10 to win it, and aside from the surprise form of Burnley, the Foxes have been the best of the rest outside the big six this season. They were surprisingly beaten 3-0 at home by Crystal Palace last time out, but Leicester love nothing more than putting one over a big team, so will be keen to bounce back here.

Manchester United are 9/11 and as they have only lost two of their nine away matches in the Premier League in 2017/18, they will fancy a win here. One of their defeats was at Huddersfield, but they have won their last three on the road, and only two teams have conceded fewer goals per game away from home than the Red Devils this season.

The draw is 29/10, though it may not be on the cards here. Leicester have only drawn one of their nine home games this season, with only two of United’s away matches ending in a stalemate. That said, United often look to keep it tight on the road, and Leicester’s home goal difference of -1 this season suggests there may not be too much in it.

Romelu Lukaku is the 5/4 favourite to score anytime and he appears to be over his recent goal drought. The Belgian has scored in each of his last two league games, and recently netted against CSKA Moscow too. He has also scored five goals in his previous eight matches against Leicester.

Jamie Vardy is 9/4 to score anytime, and he loves netting in the big matches. He has only bagged a relatively modest seven league goals so far in 2017/18, but five of those have come in matches with the big six clubs. Vardy has scored three goals against United in the past, including one when he set the Premier League record for scoring in 11 games in a row.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Over 2.5 goals, at 53/50. Leicester have had at least three goals in 16 of their home matches since the start of last season, and United in 15 of their away games. This includes it happening in the Red Devils’ last three aways, and two of the last three matches at the King Power stadium. Based on the form, it looks a sound bet.

2

We fancy:

United to win and both teams to score at 3/1. The visitors are in fine form against anyone aside from Manchester City, so look a good bet to win. Leicester often thrive when up against the big teams, so are certainly capable of getting a goal themselves.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Wes Morgan to score first at 50/1. Leicester’s best chance of a goal may be via a set piece, as United have looked weak there in recent matches. Morgan has always scored at least once in the Premier League in the last three seasons, but has yet to get off the mark in 2017/18.

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Written by Andrew Beasley

Andrew Beasley is a self-confessed stats nerd who tries to use facts and figures to his advantage when it comes to betting. Andrew is also a musician and a Liverpool fan who loves Mohamed Salah more by the game.