The Lunchtime kick off this 'Super Sunday' sees newly promoted Leicester City host Manchester United at the King Power stadium. Tune in to Sky Sports at the usual time of 13:30 and make use of some free football betting tips.
No doubt Nigel Pearson would have been cursing his luck as the fixture computer spat out games with Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton for Leicester's opening set of matches. However, with five points from four games, I'm sure the Leicester boss would have chewed your arm off if you offered that to him heading into this weekend's encounter with Manchester United.
After coasting to the Championship title last year, the burning question was how Leicester would adapt to the step up in class to the Premier League. To come from a division in which you dominate almost every game, it was imperative that Nigel Peason's men hit the ground running against higher calibre opposition this season. So far, this is exactly what they have done. Despite losing to Chelsea in their second fixture this season – a game in which they had their chances at 0-0 – The Foxes picked up a point apiece from Champions League hopefuls Arsenal and Everton, before registering an excellent away win at Stoke last weekend.
In stark contrast to their opponents, Manchester United have not started this season well. Whilst an opening day defeat at Old Trafford against Swansea was disappointing, the 4-0 thrashing at MK Dons in the league cup was utterly shambolic. More dropped points followed at Sunderland and Burnley, leaving Louis van Gaal with much to ponder as the transfer deadline approached.
Now, unless you've been living with your head in the sand for the last few weeks, I think you know where I'm going with this. In comes Angel Di Maria for a British record fee, he's followed shortly by international defenders Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo. However, with the biggest curveball in deadline day history, LVG snapped up Radamel Falcao on a year long loan from Monaco. It's like asking your neighbour for a lift to the shops and they throw you the keys to their Ferrari.
With spirits lifted, United produced an excellent attacking performance against QPR last weekend, running out 4-0 winners after a superb home debut from Di Maria. Whilst this result certainly papered over the cracks of this season, there is no doubt that Manchester United carry a significant threat in the final third heading into their clash with Leicester on Sunday.
Early prices have the home side as 19/4 underdogs, with the draw closely behind at 16/5. Thanks to their late summer spending spree and last weekend's comfortable victory, Manchester United find themselves trading at a best priced 4/6. Whilst I have no doubt United have plenty of goals in them, I still hold huge reservations over their defence. Three goals conceded to Swansea and four to MK Dons, certainly sets a few alarm bells ringing. Although, clean sheets have come in their last two outings, anyone who will have seen those games – against QPR and Burnley – will know LVG's men certainly rode their luck. For this reason, an outright bet on the win is very risky. However, a United win and both teams to score is available at 9/4 with Coral and offers far more value for money. Back this along with the 3-1 victory at 11/1 with Betfred, in the event of a 1-1 draw the bookmaker will refund your stake. Considering United have drawn their last two away games, this is a useful piece of insurance.
Moving into the goalscoring markets and I would certainly expect some goals are on the cards. Although this potentially highlights the appeal of Betfred's DDHH promotion, with no standout contender available, you're left trying to choose between RVP, Rooney and Falcao as your most viable options. With such a conundrum, you would be best served sticking to an anytime scorer. At paltry odds around the Evens mark, the three players I've mentioned aren't particularly appealing, so for this, I am going to suggest Leicester striker Leonardo Ulloa. With three goals in four games so far this season, the Argentine has started like a house on fire – his goal and man of the match performance against Arsenal a few weeks ago a fine example of this. With injuries and poor form rife in the United defence, expect Ulloa to have his chances. Back him at 5/2 with Betfred to score anytime.
Leicester City v Manchester United Betting Tips
Manchester United to Win and Both Teams to Score – Bet Here at 9/4 with Coral
Manchester United to Win 3-1 – Bet Here at 11/1 with Betfred
Leonardo Ulloa to Score Anytime – Bet Here at 5/2 with Betfred
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