Manchester United vs Leicester City Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Manchester United vs Leicester City | Saturday 31 January, 2015 | Old Trafford | 15.00
When Leicester hosted Manchester United earlier this season they caused an upset running out 5-3 winners, but will the Foxes be able to make such an impact at Old Trafford?
Leicester boss Nigel Pearson is keen to leave their earlier victory in the past and doesn’t want his men dwelling on the result, particularly as United’s form has much improved since September while Leicester are still scraping the bottom of the table.
United opened up the clash at the King Power stadium with an early 2-0 lead before Leicester fought back, scoring an impressive 5 goals throughout the course of the game.
Following their impressive performance Leicester’s season took a downwards turn which saw them endure 13 matches without a single win.
The East Midlands club have been boosted in recent weeks however with wins against Newcastle and Aston Villa as well as most recently a victory against Tottenham to take them through to the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Pearson is hoping that his players continue their recent good form without focusing on their stunning success against United last year, commenting “I think we’ve spent so long putting that behind us. It’s long gone.
“We’re looking at this game from the perspective of where we are now, and that’s it.
“We just want to concentrate on how we prepare for this game, knowing full well that a lot has changed since then in terms of ourselves and our opponents.
“They’ve had a very good run of results, played different formations. It’s always a difficult place to go, but our players are looking forward to it and we need to look forward to games like this. Big stadiums, big teams we’re playing against and it’s important we go there and do what we can.”
United, meanwhile, are currently trying to keep hold of fourth place in the table with Arsenal just one point behind them. The Red Devils will be looking to avenge their embarrassing defeat against the Foxes last year and will have the advantage of a home crowd on their side.
Juan Mata reflected on the last time the two sides met, commenting, “The previous match with them left us with a bad taste; we want to change that and offer a good game to our crowd.”
Louis van Gaal will be without Ashley Young (hamstring) and defenders Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling remain doubts, while Pearson will be pleased to welcome back Liam Moore (ankle) and Matthew Upson (foot). Leicester remain without Chris Wood (ankle), however, and Riyad Mahrez continues his Africa Cup of Nations duty with his national side Algeria.
Manchester United vs Leicester City Betting Tips
United look set to avoid another shaming from Leicester so a 2-0 home victory is a solid bet at 11/2 with Betway. In the goalscorer market Wayne Rooney is most likely to find the net first, priced at 4/1 with Paddy Power.