Manchester United return to Old Trafford in the Premier League as they host Leicester in their battle to secure a top 4 finish.
Prior to the international break, Man United had 1 win from 5 in all competitions, crashing out of the Champions League at home last time out where Renan Lodi’s goal was the difference and seen Atletico Madrid progress. However, in their last league game it was the Ronaldo show once again, scoring 3 as his side beat Spurs in dramatic late fashion, keeping the pressure on them just outside the top 4.
Leicester have been underwhelming in comparison to last season and go into this one 14 points behind the hosts, meaning that they currently sit in 10th before this weekends fixtures. Unlike their hosts though, Leicester still have European football to concentrate on, with a Conference League quarterfinal up next.
Edison Cavani picked up a knock during the international break so he will not be available for selection. Brendan Rodgers will be without some key players with Vardy and Ndidi being the main absentees for this clash.
Take a look below at my selections for this bet builder along with the usual cheat sheet! This bet builder is currently coming in at around 11.67 on Paddy Power for this Premier League clash!
Both Teams to Score
My first prediction for this one is both teams to score, neither team will be overly thrilled with how this season has panned out so far but both teams will see this fixture as a winnable one with defensive issues on both sides.
In their previous 24 matches, Leicester have scored in 22 of these showing that they can score goals, but they also concede a fair amount too with the 6th most conceded goals this campaign (46). Leicester have the 3rd highest expected goals against with 53.9, averaging 2 per game. The only teams with a worse record are Leeds and Norwich, highlighting their serious defensive issues.
Manchester United also have a similar problem at the back as in their last 6 games in all competitions, both teams have scored 4 of these. In their last 2 Premier League matches, they have conceded a total of 6 goals with much of their defensive blame being pinned on their captain.
This televised fixture shouldn’t disappoint in the goals department as Man United average 1.7 goals scored per match, with Leicester just short of that with 1.6. Both teams have scored in the last 3 meetings between the two, with Leicester coming out on top last time in a 6-goal thriller.
It is a must win for Man United and with no more Champions League to worry about it is full focus on the league, I think Man Utd will dominate here but I can see Leicester grabbing one as well with defensive shambles at either end.
Diogo Dalot to be Shown a Card
Dalot has started to prove himself under Ralf Rangnick and has earned a starting spot in Man United’s last 2 outings. The Portuguese’s development has pushed Wan-Bissaka out of the team thanks to Dalot’s better attacking attributes than the Englishman, which better suits Rangnick’s style.
Diogo Dalot averages 1.07 fouls per game in the Premier League this season. Likely opponents will be Harvey Barnes and Dewsbury-Hall on his right wing who are both fouled quite regularly. These two, especially Barnes could cause some problems for Dalot on the wing and in a must win game for United, tensions could be high at Old Trafford.
Dalot has seen yellow twice in the league in just 11 starts but was also put in the referees book last time out in the Champions League after committing 4 fouls on Atletico players. In his last league appearance, Dalot was lucky to not be shown a yellow for a late challenge on Reguilon showing his passion and aggression in tight games.
The Portuguese also impressed on international duty, against Turkey he was praised for bombing up and down the right wing whipping in numerous crosses which showed his attacking mindset. Dalot often gets caught being higher up the pitch and takes out opposition to stop counter attacks, in this must win game to catch fourth place Arsenal, Man United will need to press high and play attacking football which could see Dalot get caught out and commit a few fouls to stop counter attacks. This looks a great price to me at 5.0 on Paddy Power.
Bruno Fernandes to have 1+ Shots on Target
The final selection of the bet builder looks at the man of the moment, Bruno Fernandes. It has been some week for Bruno scoring 2 goals to take his team to the World Cup, alongside signing a new long-term deal with Manchester United.
Fernandes comes into this with confidence and in decent form having tucked away 2 decent goals to send his country to the World Cup later on this year. Bruno registered 3 shots on target from his 5 attempts against North Macedonia.
Bruno finds the target 39.6% of his total shots and he will be a key threat going forward in his attacking midfielder role for Man United. Leicester face 15.70 shots per game on average which is the third highest in the league, so I fancy Fernandes to get a crack at goal. He often favours shots from outside the box, with 40 of his last 75 shots coming from outside the area. He clearly isn’t afraid to try his luck either, averaging 2.5 shots per game in the Premier League.
Bruno has had a shot on target in 3 from his last 4 games with the 1 game he failed to hit the target in being against Man City, in which Man United were completely dominated. I think with his confidence and the shots that Leicester allows at goal, he will be able to find the target at least once to test Schmeichel between the sticks.
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Manchester United v Leicester City Predicted Line-ups
Manchester United predicted XI (4-2-3-1) : De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; Rashford, Fernandes, Sancho; Ronaldo
Leicester predicted XI (4-3-2-1) : Schmeichel; Fofana, Evans, Soyuncu; Justin, Dewsbury-Hall, Tielemans, Castagne; Maddison, Daka, Barnes
Manchester United v Leicester City Cheat Sheet
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How to watch Manchester United v Leicester City in the Premier League
📅 When is Manchester United v Leicester City? / Saturday 2nd April 2022, 17:30
🏟 Where is Manchester United v Leicester City? / Old Trafford (Manchester)
📺 What TV channel is Manchester United v Leicester City on? / Sky Sports Main Event