Two teams in notably good form clash at Old Trafford as Manchester United host Leicester City in a Sunday showcase of Premier League action.
The Red Devils are on a seven-game unbeaten run across all competitions and sit eight points back of the top of the table. They may have their eyes on other competitions, however, knowing they’re still a distant third in the title race, focusing on a fascinating matchup with Barcelona in the Europa League plus a spot in the EFL Cup final.
Leicester City, meanwhile, feel revived of late, and it coincides with the return of James Maddison from injury. The Foxes lost all four league games he missed with a knee issue, and are unbeaten in their last three with him back in the side.
Brendan Rodgers’ men are four points above the drop, and are far from clear of the danger, and with games against Arsenal, Chelsea, and Brentford looming in the near future, points here would be invaluable to weather the difficult stretch.
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Man United vs Leicester City odds
Manchester United are understandably favourites in this match given the gulf in places in the Premier League table, but there’s some clear respect given to the Foxes and their recent uptick in form. United are less than 1/2 on the moneyline, while Leicester City are just over 4/1 underdogs, which isn’t quite the difference you’d expect from a third vs 14th matchup.
Bookmakers are also expecting goals to flow in this match, understandably so given the form of Manchester United’s forwards as well as Leicester City’s front line which put four past Tottenham last time out.
Odds via BetMGM (USA), Sports Interaction (Canada), SkyBet (UK), and Neds (Australia).
|Man United win||-175||-184||4/7||1.60|
to score Y / N
|-150 / +105||-169 / +108||8/13, 6/5||1.62 / 2.20|
|Over / Under
|-175 / +125||-179 / +134||4/7, 5/4||1.60 / 2.35|
|Man United -0.5||-190||-175||—||—|
Man United vs Leicester City: 3 things to know
Man United vs Leicester City match facts
- Date: Sunday, February 19
- Kickoff Time: 9:00 am ET / 2:00 pm GMT / 1:00 am AEDT (Mon, Feb. 20)
- Location: Old Trafford (Manchester, England)
- Official: Stuart Attwell
Man United vs Leicester City team news
While Casemiro was a critical part of the Manchester United midfield midweek against Barcelona, he’s not available for this one, playing out the final game of his red card suspension, with Marcel Sabitzer going the other direction after his ban in European play for the same reason. Scott McTominay, Christian Eriksen, and Donny van de Beek are all out injured, compounding Erik ten Hag’s midfield issues. McTominay and winger Antony should be close to a return, with Ten Hag hinting they’d be back fit for the Carabao Cup final at the end of February, but Anthony Martial‘s timeline is much less clear.
Leicester City have a number of players who are aiming to play in this game but will have to pass a fitness test first. Youri Tielemans and Boubakary Soumare are angling for a role in this match, as is Jonny Evans who is dealing with a few small knocks. Ryan Bertrand is close to returning from a long-term injury but needs to regain match fitness, while James Justin is out for the season.
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Man United vs Leicester City key stats
- Manchester United have failed to beat Leicester City in five of their last six meetings across all competitions. That short slump for the Red Devils comes on the back end of a 12-match unbeaten run against the Foxes.
- Marcus Rashford has scored 13 goals in his last 15 matches across all competitions, including four straight. He has collected those 13 goals on just 7.06 xG and 10.39 xGOT.
- Leicester City would need to win seven of their remaining 16 Premier League matches to equal last season’s win total.
Man United vs Leicester City prediction
- Moneyline lean: Man United (-175)
- Against the spread lean: Man United -0.5 (-190)
- Score prediction: Man United 3-1 Leicester City
There are few more in-form teams than Manchester United right now. Marcus Rashford is leading the way, but the Red Devils are flying as a unit, putting up great performances every which way. Their 2-2 draw in midweek at the Camp Nou was impressive, as they only conceded on two relatively fluky goals (one messy Marcos Alonso set-piece header and one fluky Raphinha goal that was definitely a cross) and won the expected goals battle handily (2.13 – 1.25, with most of Barcelona’s chances coming near the end of the match).
Leicester City have a powerful front line, especially with James Maddison back and in form, but their defensive structure is a mess — the Foxes have conceded over 1.0 xG in each of their last seven league matches. This will be a high-scoring affair, but probably one where the end result isn’t really ever much in doubt. IF Marcus Rashford is rested, the Foxes may have a greater chance, but there’s just too much quality in this United side for them to overcome on the road.
Man United vs Leicester City: Best bet
- Pick: Half with most goals — 1H
- Odds: +195 (BetMGM)
It’s unfortunate that the odds on a high-scoring match are so short, because that would be the play here. The Manchester United attack is firing on all cylinders, and so is Leicester City’s, but we have to find other options to locate the value.
Here, we have a fascinating clash of styles — Manchester United are exceptional after halftime, while Leicester City feature the most first-half heavy attack in the entire English top flight.
Expect Leicester City to go at Man United early to steal a goal or two, and that will open things up for the Red Devils right off the bat. If United establish a quick lead by punishing Leicester City for their open play, they could shut things down after the break and sit on the advantage.
Man United vs Leicester City prop bets
- Pick: Alejandro Garnacho OR Jadon Sancho to score or assist a goal
- Odds: -115 / -125 (FanDuel)
- Pick: James Maddison to score or assist a goal
- Odds: +195 (FanDuel)
With some key fixtures outside Premier League play coming up, this could be a perfect spot for Erik ten Hag to get Marcus Rashford some rest. As a result, it could see Alejandro Garnacho or Jadon Sancho slotted into the lineup or just given more minutes off the bench. Both have been excellent when on the field of late, and their contributions up front will be important to getting early goals. It’s tough to tell who will start, but whomever gets the nod should be the play here.
Still, the odds aren’t terribly enticing on either player, as Manchester United are expected to score multiple goals in this match. Therefore, there’s good value on backing James Maddison to secure a goal contribution as well. The Foxes are unquestionably better up front when Maddison is in the side, and he’s returned from a knee injury with aplomb, scoring two goals and assisting another in his two Premier League starts since making it back. At nearly 2/1 odds, he will almost surely be involved should Leicester City strike, it’s just a question of whether they can find a way through a stout Man United defensive setup.
Man United vs Leicester City live stream, TV channel
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Here’s how to watch all of the action from this match in some of the major territories:
|USA||NBC USA Network, Telemundo||fuboTV, NBC app, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo|
|UK||Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League||Sky GO|
|New Zealand||Sky Sport Premier League||Sky Sport NOW|
|India||Star Sports Select 1||Jio TV, Hotstar VIP|
|Hong Kong||Now Premier League TV (Ch. 620-621)||now TV|
|Malaysia||Astro SuperSport 3||
Astro GO, sooka
|Singapore||221 Hub Premier 1, 222 Hub Premier 2||StarHub TV+|
UK: This match will be broadcast live in the UK via Sky Sports’ TV and streaming services.
USA: This match streams on NBC’s USA Network platform for subscribers in both English and Spanish.
Canada: Every Premier League game this season is live streaming exclusively via fuboTV in Canada.
Australia: Fans in Australia can stream every match live and on demand on Optus Sport.