EPL game of the week: Manchester United vs. Leicester City

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September 13th, 2019

Manchester United vs. Leicester City

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The English Premier League is back in action this weekend, as Leicester City heads to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United. Leicester is off to a hot start in the EPL, while Manchester United will want to get three points to move up the table and stay within striking distance of the leaders. Who will get back into the swing of things with a win?

Manchester United (-120)

After an 4-0, opening-day thrashing of Chelsea, Manchester United has seen two draws and a loss to teams in the lower tier of talent in the Premier League. The Red Devils lost to Crystal Palace for the first time in Premier League history and had 1-1 draws against Southampton and Wolves.

To get back on track against Leicester, they will need to get their stars back on the same page. Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard have been overshadowed by newcomer Daniel James, who has three goals on the season. James has been the lone scorer for United the past two matches, and it will be a welcome sight for the home crowd if he can maintain his pace.
The defense has to be much better for United to have the upper hand, and it starts with Ashley Young’s leadership. Harry Maguire and Marcos Rojo need to be steady so the team can move forward, but if the Red Devils have a strong desire to get back into the title race, they’ll need to dispatch Leicester at home.

Leicester City (+335)

The Foxes have started off the season on a great note, as they're unbeaten through four matches so far, with wins against Sheffield United and Bournemouth and draws against Chelsea and Wolves. Leicester are going to go as far as forward Jamie Vardy will take them. He has three goals in his last two matches and once he gets going, Leicester will always have some firepower in the lineup.

The key for Leicester City will be in the middle, with players like Wilfred Ndidi, Youri Tielemans, Ayoze Perez and James Maddison hoping to keep the ball away from Manchester United and moving forward to put pressure on its defense. Their midfield has done a good job at collecting the ball and holding it to jump-start the attack. The Foxes are no strangers to being underestimated, and they will look to make a statement at Old Trafford.

Prediction: Leicester City (+335)

Leicester City so far is five spots above Manchester United in the Premier League table, but most believe United is the better team, with its payroll in the hundreds of millions of pounds. However, Leicester City made its way to the Premier League title a few years ago because it played smart. It will do that again Saturday.

Look for this match to have one red card (+415), but Leicester City will escape with the win and keep its hold on the third spot in the Premier League table.

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