Much has changed since Leicester City got the better of Manchester United in an early-season frenzy of attacking football at the King Power Stadium.
Few present on that sunny September afternoon would’ve countenanced the idea that 17 games later the hosts of the return fixture boast the Premier League’s third-best defence.
United have lost just twice in the 19 all-competition games that followed that eight-goal thriller, clambering into the Champions League places in the process.
Home form has underpinned this surge, with seven wins in nine Old Trafford outings since their defeat at the paws of the Foxes.
This combination of vastly improved defensive probity and hosting indomitability points punters firmly in the direction of a revenge victory for Louis van Gaal’s side.
However, with the home win a rich-man’s wager at 9/25 value savvy bwinners will be looking for ways of topping up their odds on a United victory in the fixture.
They need look no further than the 27/10 Man Utd win/under 2.5 match goals double, with the Reds having become expert grinders of late.
In their last six outings LvG’s troops have conceded just twice, upping their clean-sheet count considerably.
Needless to say a greater emphasis on the defensive arts has seen United’s goals-for column go on a January diet too, but that’s as to be expected.
Luckily for backers of our suggested wager Nigel Pearson’s road defence is among the league’s more generous, with just two clean sheets kept in 11 attempts thus far.
Yet the Foxes have still given up just 1.64 goals an away game on average in 2014/15.
United partisans would be right to point out that the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace is the only time this season they have won at Old Trafford and rewarded unders backers.
However, the Reds are not the only ones to have tightened up of late, with Leicester having kept three clean sheets in their last six outings.