Leicester vs. Manchester United Picks and Predictions: Expecting Goals
When: Saturday, October 16 - 10:00 a.m. ET
Where: King Power Stadium, Leicester
Unpredictable Man United travel to play Leicester on Saturday in the Premier League and goals, and we expect a high-scoring affair between 2 teams who can't defend.
Leicester: One Win in 7 Games
Leicester's slow start sees them 13th in the standings with just 8 points earned in 7 games. Before the international break, they were held to a 2-2 draw by Crystal Palace, failing to maintain their 2-goal lead. At home, they are winless in their previous three games across all competitions, and they should be very happy with the international break that came at the right time for them.
They will be without Wilfred Ndidi, who suffered a thigh injury one month ago, while full-back James Justin and center-back Wesley Fofana are both long-term absentees. Even more bad news for the hosts, Jonny Evans got injured during the international break. As a result, he will probably miss this clash.
The hosts have kept just two clean sheets in 17 Premier League home games which is very poor considering their objectives. This season Leicester conceded 12 goals in 7 games, and we've seen both teams scoring and over 2.5 goals in the match on five occasions. They have the second-worst defense in the league if we take out bottom-placed teams Newcastle and Norwich. The situation is not desperate for them as we are just seven rounds into the EPL campaign, but they must change something.
They are relying too much on James Vardy. He scored 6 of Leicester's 9 goals this season. So just imagine when he will be ruled out with injuries or banned for cards. Who will score? The good thing for them is that Vardy trained with the team without international break commitments, so he's fully fit and ready to deliver. The issue is that he doesn't like to play against Man United. They failed to find the back of the net in the last six head-to-heads between these two clubs across all competitions.
Man United: Unpredictable
What on earth is happening with this team? They have all the necessary weapons to be title contenders. What's missing? 'Ole's at the Wheel'
We can't understand his tactics, his starting XI, his in-play decisions anymore. The Red Devils won one of four games in all competitions heading into the October international break, failing to find the back of the net on two occasions. Their schedule is tough as they play Leicester, Atalanta, Liverpool, Tottenham, Man City, all inside three weeks. Last three weeks with Ole in total control? Let's see.
They have substantial individual quality, they have players who can solve a match on their own, like Cristiano Ronaldo or Bruno Fernandes, but they have difficulties as a group. Of course, you don't need to win every game, but you must show a positive reaction. We all thought Cristiano Ronaldo would bring that aggressivity and confidence, but that's not the case.
Manchester United's Marcus Rashford will make his long-awaited return from injury, but he will probably come from the bench in the 2nd half if needed. In addition, Center-back Raphael Varane and captain Harry Maguire are ruled out, which is a massive blow for United's fans. They will also be without Fred in the midfield and Edison Cavani in the attack, with both playing on Thursday night for their home countries in the World Cup South American qualifiers.
Leicester vs. Man United Betting Picks
Jadon Sancho, Bruno Fernandes, and Cristiano Ronaldo were in great shape for their home countries during the international break, and all three might start from the 1st whistle of the game. There's no problem with the front line as they also have Mason Greenwood or Rashford, but there's a big problem at the back where they are missing their top two defenders.
United kept just one clean sheet in 10 games across all competitions this season, while Leicester failed to score in just one home match this term. We've seen over 2.5 goals, and both teams to score in their last three mutual encounters, and we expect that trend to continue Saturday.
Jamie Vardy should find the back of the net after three years, given United's defensive crisis. He's priced at +190 to be anytime goalscorer. So let's relax and enjoy 3+ goals in the match, and may the best team win.
Leicester vs. Manchester United Pick
- Over 2.5 goals (-130) at DraftKings