Kick-off: 1600, 27/06/2020
Stadium: King Power Stadium
TV: Sky Sports Main Event
Manchester United just need to avoid defeat at Leicester to qualify for next season’s Champions League and the omens look good for achieving that feat.
The Red Devils have not lost to the Foxes for almost six years, registering seven wins and three draws in their last 10 Premier League meetings.
City also haven’t beaten a top-six side this season, so everything points to them coming up short here.
A stalemate would suffice for the visitors on this occasion, though, and could even see the Foxes scrape into the top four if Chelsea lose to Wolves.
That makes 5/2 for a draw look a value bet for our initial Leicester vs Man Utd prediction.
A Look At Leicester City’s Betting Odds
Leicester looked on course to be best of the rest behind Liverpool and Manchester City for much of the season but have faltered since returning from lockdown.
Last Sunday’s 3-0 drubbing at Tottenham was a third defeat in six fixtures and allowed United to edge above them in midweek.
Brendan Rodgers tried to remain upbeat, stating: “We played well in the game, we created opportunities. Our attitude in the game was good.
“We’re just disappointed with a few of the bits on the counter-attack. I felt we were a bit leggy for parts of that game.”
Those losses were all on the road, though, and having a full week to prepare for this contest will help.
The Foxes have shown they are capable of a grandstand finish, as no team has a better record in the closing stages of games, with 19 goals scored from 75:01 minutes onwards.
Looking at the Leicester vs Man Utd odds, it is worth having a 13/5 saver on City to add to that tally here.
Last Leicester line-up: Schmeichel, Justin, Morgan, Evans, Bennett, Thomas, Tielemans, Barnes, Ndidi, Vardy, Perez.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
United put together a sparkling run of performances following last month’s restart to resurrect hopes of returning to the Champions League.
However, the last fortnight has seen a dip in that form, starting with a 2-2 home draw against Southampton, who snatched a deserved share of the spoils in stoppage time.
Crystal Palace were beaten 2-0 away, but Chelsea knocked the Red Devils out of the FA Cup in emphatic fashion and they laboured to a 1-1 stalemate versus West Ham at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Mason Greenwood did well to equalise after Paul Pogba had given away an embarrassing penalty, but there was a lack of zip in United’s general play.
Even so, Harry Maguire is happy with his side’s position ahead of returning to his former club for the first time.
“We’d have taken this come Christmas, so we have got to take the positives,” he told MUTV.
“If you can’t get ready for the game that’s coming on Sunday then you’re in the wrong sport. It’s a huge game.
“It’s nice to have three days, which seems a bit crazy to say but the schedule has been hard for the lads – but we’ll be ready on Sunday.”
The Red Devils have been good at starting strongly in high-profile fixtures, so 7/4 for them to lead at half-time is added to our Leicester vs Man Utd betting tips.
Nothing ever seems to go smoothly for United these days, though, so late tension is expected and 13/1 for Man Utd HT/Draw FT is tempting.
Last Man Utd line-up: De Gea, Lindelof, Maguire, Fosu-Mensah, Williams, Pogba, Fernandes, Matic, Martial, Rashford, Greenwood.
Tottenham 3-0 LEICESTER
MAN UTD 1-1 West Ham – Mason Greenwood
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