Man United can enhance their top 4 claims and extend the title race by beating Leicester.
The Red Devils’ season has finally come to life after six wins in eight league games and now an FA Cup Final to look forward to. Their final three games after this are certainly all very winnable and if they finish with maximum points from here they’d be quite unlucky not to finish in the top four with Arsenal and City still to face each other. Winning this match won’t be easy though with Leicester looking to claim the title at the first time of asking.
The Foxes have won seven of their last nine matches since being beaten by Arsenal on Valentine’s Day. Furthermore, they’ve won two more away games than any other side this season. However, they did lose at both Arsenal and Liverpool and while it no longer has any significance they did pick up just one point away to the top eight last season. Jamie Vardy’s absence was expected to be a problem but Swansea were so poor last week it barely registered. However, this time it may be a bigger issue as his pace is an even more valuable asset counter-attacking on the road.
Man United will certainly offer a tougher test than Swansea did having conceded just seven goals at home all season. They’ve won their last six home games with five clean sheets and while Louis van Gaal can be criticised for many things his home record against the other top teams is not one of them. United have gone W5-D4-L0 when hosting top-six finishers last term and teams currently in the top six this campaign, with three wins by more than one goal and three coming to nil. Part of United’s recent improvements have come from the introduction of wunderkind’s Fosu-Mensah into defence and Rashford in attack, with the latter combining with Martial and Lingard to give a pace and trickery that had been in short supply for much of the campaign.
Leicester’s goals tally has fallen significantly in the second half of the season as they’ve relied on a superb defensive record. While they’ve still been nicking 1-0 wins we think they might struggle to manage that here against a superior team than they’ve faced recently – the only team they’ve played in the top seven on their current nine game unbeaten streak was West Ham, where they were seconds from a home defeat. United can extend the title race for at least one day more and at 2.1 we’d be happy to back the home team to continue their winning streak at Old Trafford. However, for some extra value a fifth consecutive win to nil here can be backed at 3.4.
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