Kick-off: 1800, 11/05/2021
Stadium: Old Trafford
TV: BT Sport
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces a selection dilemma ahead of Manchester United’s Premier League clash with Leicester and that makes this a tricky conundrum for punters.
The Red Devils are already assured of a top-four finish and Solskjaer may prefer to keep his big guns fresh for facing Liverpool here on Thursday.
Meanwhile, their opponents still have work to do to qualify for the Champions League and are showing signs of feeling the strain.
We reckon both teams may settle for a share of the spoils at Old Trafford, so 23/10 for a draw is our first Man Utd vs Leicester prediction.
A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds
Manchester United were up to their usual tricks at Aston Villa on Sunday, starting slowly but then bursting into life in the second half to prevail 3-1.
Bruno Fernandes struck from the penalty spot to make it 17 league goals this term, Mason Greenwood put the Red Devils ahead and Edinson Cavani continued his hot streak.
Solskjaer’s side remained unbeaten on the road and came from behind to win for a record 10th time this season.
“We have done it so many times and it’s about ‘here we go again boys, just keep moving the ball quicker’ – that was one of the messages,” said the manager.
“The players are learning, a developing group as a whole, they’re getting better. The spirit, the camaraderie, they back each other.”
However, Solskjaer has already expressed his disgust at being asked to play three tough fixtures in five days due to the protest which forced United’s original clash with Liverpool to be postponed.
Harry Maguire limped off at Villa Park and many more changes are anticipated for this contest.
Solskjaer admitted he has to strike a “balance of who plays when” in this quickfire Premier League triple-header.
Looking at the Man Utd vs Leicester odds, a cagey contest could be on the cards here, making 4/5 for under 2.5 goals a percentage pick.
Last Man Utd line-up: Henderson, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka, Pogba, Fred, Fernandes, McTominay, Rashford, Greenwood.
A Look At Leicester City’s Betting Odds
Leicester were quoted at short odds to make the leading quartet after back-to-back home wins last month but have since stuttered badly.
A 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton wasn’t too worrying but alarm bells are ringing following Saturday’s 4-2 loss to Newcastle at King Power Stadium.
The Foxes inexplicably fell 4-0 behind before Marc Albrighton and Kelechi Iheanacho grabbed late consolation goals.
“Mistakes have cost us, mistakes that we’re not normally used to seeing,” said Albrighton, whose side face United, Chelsea and Tottenham in their final Premier League games.
“It’s frustrating, it’s disappointing. We’ve got to pick ourselves up. We’ve got three games left and we’re in a great position. We can’t let one silly performance, one silly result, stop us.”
Losing key defender Jonny Evans in the warm-up to his persistent heel injury didn’t help City over the weekend but that was still a worrying display.
The Foxes collapsed late on last term to drop out of the top four and will be desperate to avoid suffering the same fate.
We expect Brendan Rodgers to batten down the hatches and try to keep things tight at Old Trafford.
Let’s finish off our Man Utd vs Leicester betting tips by taking 15/4 for the scores to be level at half-time and full-time.
Last Leicester line-up: Schmeichel, Fofana, Soyuncu, Pereira, Castagne, Tielemans, Maddison, Albrighton, Ndidi, Vardy, Iheanacho.
Aston Villa 1-3 MAN UTD – Bruno Fernandes (pen), Mason Greenwood, Edinson Cavani
LEICESTER 2-4 Newcastle – Marc Albrighton, Kelechi Iheanacho
Head-to-head: Leicester 3-1 Man Utd, Leicester 2-2 Man Utd, Leicester 0-2 Man Utd, Man Utd 1-0 Leicester, Leicester 0-1 Man Utd
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