Sunday 1st May. 1:30PM. Sky Sports 1
Stop everything! Leicester City are just one victory short of completing the most incredible story of the Premier League era. Incredibly, they could even win the title at Old Trafford.
The trip to Manchester won’t be easy, but Claudio Ranieri’s men have defied the odds in far greater ways than beating Louis van Gaal’s side. Nevertheless, the Red Devils are fighting for a top four finish themselves and will be equally determined to grab a crucial three points.
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Red Devils To Make Leicester Wait?
Having booked their place in the FA Cup final last weekend, Manchester United must now turn their attentions back to claiming Champions League football. Only a win will do against Leicester as they look to keep the pressure up on Arsenal and Manchester City, and they’ll be out to stamp their authority from the word go.
Unlike Leicester, the Red Devils won’t have any second chances. But they can be confident, especially with Wayne Rooney back in action. The skipper has linked up well with the youth of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford during his brief return, and the attacking trip could have a massive say.
The hosts are still without a couple of players, but the quad is pretty well suited to deal with the current absences. Meanwhile, despite seemingly losing that fear factor, the Red Devils have only lost twice at home in 17 league games. If they perform to their potential, they’ve every chance of keeping Leicester waiting.
For the sake of their own ambitions, it’s vital that they do.
Leicester Nearly There
Regardless of what happens on Sunday, Leicester will almost certainly be crowned champions over the next couple of weeks. But with the title within reach, the Foxes will be eager to cross the line at the earliest stage possible; and Old Trafford would be the perfect place to do it.
Leicester will be without top scorer Jamie Vardy once more, which could be a bigger problem than it was against Swansea. However, Leonardo Ulloa and Shinji Okazaki have proven themselves to be a deadly combo up top, even without the main man.
Meanwhile, Riyad Mahrez will be looking to follow up his PFA Player of the Year award by inspiring the Foxes to the most unlikeliest of title wins at the home of the most frequent English champions. Winning at Old Trafford would also be an incredible moment for Kasper Schmeichel too, but the goalkeeper may be required to put in another top performance if they want to win it Sunday.
It’s now become a matter of when rather than if for Leicester. Will it be Sunday? One way or the other, it should be an explosive contest.
Manchester United v Leicester City Betting
Manchester United are the favourites, but it tells a story when they enter a home clash with Leicester at odds of 11/10 with Bet365. The visitors are 29/10, and the draw can be backed at 12/5.
Everyone other than the Red Devils and Tottenham would like to see Leicester wrap it up on Sunday, but it won’t be an easy task. If the hosts can keep Mahrez quiet and stop N’golo Kante from influencing things in the middle, they should win.
Of course, that’s easier said than done. However, United need a win to keep their Champions League hopes alive. We’re backing them to get it.
The key to winning this one could be Rooney. If he drops a little deeper to occupy Kante, it could stop Leicester from finding their rhythm. Perhaps more importantly, it could free the space up for those young attacking stars.
After missing such an important part of the campaign, the captain needs to put in a performance to underline his importance for England as well as Manchester United. If the hosts do win to keep their top four hopes alive, there’s a good chance that Rooney will be the catalyst.