EPL betting: High scoring affair likely as Red Devils host Leicester City

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Updated: August 26, 2017

Manchester United will be out to continue their impressive start to the season when they host 2015-16 EPL champions Leicester in the final game of the day. Jose Mourinho’s side have scored eight goals without reply in the Premier League after two games, beating West Ham 4-0 at Old Trafford and then winning by the same scoreline at Swansea – current EPL standings here

 

EPL: Manchester United (2-0-0, 6 pts) v Leicester City (1-0-1, 4 pts)
Where: Old Trafford, Manchester, England
When: Sunday, August 27, 2.30am
Prices: Manchester United $1.30, Leicester City $9.00, DRAW $5.50

Confirmed bet: +2.5/total (three units @ $1.60)

TIW says: Six points, eight goals scored and none conceded – it’s been an excellent start by Manchester United, displaying the ruthless efficiency associated with all of Jose Mourinho’s champion teams of the past two decades. They won their first three games last season and fans know how that ended but it’s clear that United will present a sterner challenge this term. Mourinho’s side have been thoroughly impressive in the opening skirmishes of the season, sweeping West Ham and Swansea aside with minimal fuss to justify their position among the favourites to take the EPL title.

The opposition may not have been the toughest but if Romelu Lukaku (pictured below), Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Nemanja Matić and Paul Pogba can keep up their current form for a decent portion of the season, the Red Devils should have no trouble improving upon last term’s sixth-place finish. With an international break coming up after this game, rotation is unlikely. Anthony Martial may have an outside chance of breaking into the starting XI after scoring off the bench in each of United’s games so far, but it should be more of the same from Mourinho. The Red Devils are unbeaten in their past 30 home games in all competitions (W19, D11), their longest run since a 37-game streak between 2010 and 2011.

 

Wes Morgan and Jamie Vardy could both be fit to start for Leicester despite suffering respective back and foot injuries against Brighton. Defender Harry Maguire is a slight doubt, having reported a knee problem following Tuesday’s 4-1 win away to Sheffield United while Vicente Iborra and Robert Huth have both been ruled out. After running Arsenal close in a classic season opener, Leicester turned in a workman-like performance at home to take maximum points over promoted Brighton last weekend. Riyad Mahrez played a part in both goals and is set on contributing even with his future uncertain. Craig Shakespeare rotated his side for the League Cup game against the Blades.

Only Christian Fuchs, Maguire and Wilfried Ndidi kept their places. The rest of the first-teamers should return here. Manchester United have lost two of their 22 league games against Leicester. The Foxes’ only Premier League win at Old Trafford was a 1-0 victory in February 1998 when Tony Cottee scored the solitary goal. Leicester have scored in all but one of their 15 Premier League matches under Shakespeare, with Vardy netting in eight of those games. Since Shakespeare took charge of his first Premier League game in February, matches involving Leicester City have produced more goals than any other top-flight side (53 in total – 29 scored, 24 conceded).

 

Other confirmed bets

Bournemouth v Manchester City/WIN to nil (one unit @ $2.15)
Watford WIN v Brighton & Hove Albion (one unit @ $2.00)

 

Today’s other games

Crystal Palace v Swansea City
Huddersfield Town v Southampton
Newcastle United v West Ham United

 

Results update: 3-0-1, +2.72 units

Watford v Liverpool +2.5/total (two units @ $1.90) WIN (3-3)
Everton WIN v Stoke City (one unit @ $1.82) WIN (1-0)
Chelsea -1.5/AH v Burnley (one unit @ $1.85) LOSE (2-3)
Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town +0.5/AH (one unit @ $2.10) WIN (0-3)

 

 

• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to Bet365 (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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