Leicester v Man United Betting Tips: Frustration to go on for Mourinho

16:00/Feb 05

Football writer Thomas Giles previews the upcoming Premier League match between Leicester City and Manchester United.

One of Sunday’s Premier League matches sees two teams who are massively underachieving this season go head-to-head as current champions Leicester City host former title hopefuls Manchester United.

Leicester’s miserable season has taken an even more dramatic downturn in the last few weeks as they have lost their last three league matches on the spin and not scored in any of their last four. This puts the Foxes down in 16th position and just two points above the drop-zone. If they are not careful, the champions may find themselves in the Championship next season.

Claudio Ranieri’s side were excellent at both ends of the pitch last season, scoring goals and defending resolutely but unfortunately for them, this campaign has been the complete reverse. They are seriously lacking up front and last season’s talismanic figures Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have gone completely missing this year whilst new signings have not stepped up to the plate. In the back-line, it seems that last season’s heroes Robert Huth and Wes Morgan are perhaps getting a bit complacent with no serious competition for their places.

The King Power Stadium was the ultimate fortress in Leicester’s title winning campaign and indeed at the start of this season with an unbeaten run stretching for 14 months between September 2015 and November 2016. That form has waned somewhat in the last few weeks with two defeats in their last five matches at home. However, they proved against Manchester City in December that they are still capable of turning on the style in front of a packed house in Leicester.

After winning six Premier League matches in a row, Manchester United have dropped off and have now failed to take maximum points from any of their last three top flight matches. This means Jose Mourinho’s side are now way down in 6th place, 14 points off top spot and a rather large four points off that vital Champions League place.

The defence has not really been a problem for the Red Devils this year and their record of just 21 goals conceded in 23 matches is the second-best in the league whilst they have also kept the third most clean sheets in the league – eight.

However, as proved in their most recent matches, finishing has been a major flaw in United’s play and it is no surprise that their shot conversion ratio of just 12.1% (136 shots – 33 goals) is the third worst in the entire top flight.

Away form has not been particularly good in the last couple of weeks with no wins outside of Old Trafford in any competition in over a month. Additionally, it is not like the last two results have come against the bigger sides in the division, they came against mid-table Stoke City and relegation-threatened Hull City.

Neither of these sides are in particularly good form at the moment so I feel the home and away factor could be huge here. Leicester are historically good at the King Power, particularly against the big teams, and I am not sure how this faltering United side will cope with that. I think the opportunity to back ‘Leicester Win/Draw Double Chance’, at 27/20, is a good one, and the visitors can be frustrated once again.

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