Leicester are a club in turmoil ahead of their contest with Manchester United.
The Foxes have been passive in the transfer market. Youri Tielemans is expected to leave, while Wesley Fofana has departed for Chelsea. They are winless, with just a lone point from their first four matches.
United have bounced back from an awful start to land Antony and Casemiro along with back-to-back wins.
Winner: Manchester United
The win over Liverpool was an early turning point in the Erik ten Hag era. Manchester United are suddenly a team with an identity and full of confidence.
Leicester, meanwhile, are in disarray on and off the field. Brendan Rodgers’ tenure looks to be winding down, and it’s hard to find any positives for the Foxes thus far. Their -0.6 expected goal difference per 90 is the fourth worst in the Premier League.
Total Goals: Over 2.5
5/7 (Sporting Index)
Over 2.5 total goals is usually a good bet when Leicester are involved. There have been three or more goals in nine of the Foxes’ last 10 league matches, and only Leeds had a higher over 2.5 percentage in 2021-22.
Of course, this over has hit in three of Manchester United’s four league matches so far this season, too.
United’s defence has improved, and the arrival of Casemiro certainly helps, but it is far from perfect. Leicester are a liability out of possession. Even at 5/7, this is good value.
Total Cards: Over 3.5
Craig Pawson is in charge of this match. Of referees to oversee 12 or more matches in 2021-22, only three averaged more yellows than Pawson’s mark of 4.15. Even with all of the other teams having played five matches to United’s four, the visitors are still second in cards received.
Ten Hag saw his side cautioned three times in the win over Southampton, and Leicester received two of their five cards so far against Chelsea at the weekend.
United’s combativeness isn’t going to disappear here – and this is a good price on four or more total cards.
All odds are subject to change