How the Bookies See it
- Winner: Man Utd 7/10, Draw 11/4, Leicester 4/1 - Betfred
- First Goalscorer: Ibrahimovic (Man U) 4/1, Rooney (Man U) 6/1, Slimani (Lei) 8/1 - Sky Bet
- Correct Score: 1-1 7/1, Man Utd 1-0 7/1, Leicester 1-0 14/1 - Bet265
Manchester United kicked off the season with a Community Shield win over the Foxes, before taking nine points from their first three games. However, a derby day defeat to their noisy neighbours Manchester City was followed by a 1-0 reverse to Feyenoord in the Europa League and a shock 3-1 loss to Watford. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has netted four times in five Premier League games so far this season and teenage sensation Marcus Rashford has weighed in with two goals, despite only starting one league match.
Leicester City have struggled to regain the momentum from last year’s extraordinary title success, but convincing wins over Club Brugge in their first-ever Champions League game and Burnley in their most recent league match could be a sign that their season is picking up. A 4-2 extra time defeat in the EFL Cup to Chelsea will have hurt, but Claudio Ranieri’s men gave a good account of themselves and, with bigger priorities elsewhere, it means there is one less distraction for the men from the East Midlands.
This is a difficult one to call, as the 2016/17 season is still in its infancy and the dust is yet to settle. Whilst there is talk of a crisis at Old Trafford, one of their three defeats came against the best team in the country and another was a result of Mourinho making eight changes to his team for the European game. Losing to Watford shows there is still plenty of work to do if Special One is to take the Red Devils back to the peak of English football, but to write them off at this stage is ridiculous. Whilst Zlatan Ibrahimovic is fit, he will always be a major goal threat and 11/8 from Sky Bet on the Swede scoring at any time is worth a look.
For their part, Leicester are improving as the season goes on and should make a real game of it. Riyad Mahrez suddenly burst into life in the Champions League, new boy Islam Slimani fired two past a hapless Burnley side last weekend and Jamie Vardy is always a threat in the box.
Both teams may possess potent attacks, but questions have been asked about their defensive capabilities, with Watford having a field day against United and Liverpool slotting four past the Foxes earlier this month. As such, BetVictor’s 17/4 on both sides to score with the match ending in a draw is a great shout. Braver punters may want to stake on the exact outcome and the same bookmaker will pay 7/1 on 1-1 and 17/1 on 2-2.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Both teams to score and the match to end in a draw at 17/4 with BetVictor