Game Week 24 Predictions: Leicester to trouble United at Old Trafford - Premier League betting tips and teams news
|Manchester United will hope to close the gap at the top with the visit of Leicester to Old Trafford but can the Foxes make them sweat? (Photo credit: Inside Sport)|
Manchester United will look at the Premier League table and feel they have a fighting chance to sneak into the title race after Manchester City bottled the three points at Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
The Red Devils sit eight points off Arsenal in first place, and a win against an erratic Leicester side on Sunday would move Erik Ten Hag’s side within two points of the champions.
But they would have played a game more than the league leaders.
Leicester City beat Aston Villa 4-2 in their last away game from a losing position, and that has strengthened their case for a top-half finish in the league.
The 4-1 home win over Antonio Conte’s Tottenham last weekend was a pivotal one, and Leicester will move up to 12th on the log if they beat United.
The return to fitness of James Madison has added wind to the sails of the Foxes, and the engines seem to be well-oiled for a strong second-half campaign.
Their defensive frailties mean they must concede, but going forward, they’re such a huge threat.
Manchester United have in their team a man on top of his game.
Marcus Rashford is one of the hottest players in world football and will be there again to help United past Leicester, as he has done since returning from the World Cup, where he scored three goals.
Leicester can be unpredictable
Will Brendan Rodgers go for Kelechi Iheanacho or Jamie Vardy?
Will he go for Patson Daka or Ayoze Perez?
In midfield, the combination has been tweaked many times, but against a United side that will be without Casemiro as he serves his final match ban, who will get the nod?
United will have to play Marcel Sabitzer again with Fred in the absence of Eriksen and the Brazilian maestro.
The Red Devils will play Barcelona again in the Europa League in the middle of the week, and on Sunday they will be at Wembley for the League Cup final.
Leicester can exploit United’s busy run by hitting them hard when they rotate late in the game, but they must stay in the game enough to make that count, which would be a mountain to climb if they’re three down at the time.
United has the capacity to go all the way with the three games.
Elanga, Alejandro Garnacho, and Jadon Sancho offer something else if they need outlets, but they’re thin in the middle and may look into the academy if Scott McTominay is unavailable.