The only game on deadline day will be at the King Power Stadium, where Leicester City, who are yet to spend a penny this window, will face Manchester United. Leicester have underperformed this season and pressure on Brendan Rodgers is already building. Leicester currently sit bottom of the league and will be desperate for at least a point from this match to kickstart their season.
Manchester United have won 3 consecutive matches in every year since 1987 but are yet to do so this calendar year, however a win against Leicester would continue that trend here. Manchester United will consider themselves lucky to have beaten Southampton in their last game but right now, the result and the 3 points was what mattered most to them. Ten Hag will know if Manchester United have genuine hopes of top four this season, consistency will be vital and they will need another good result here.
Leicester City v Manchester United Bet Builder Tips
Bruno Fernandes to have 1+ Shot on Target
Manchester United’s improvement in performances has also seen Bruno Fernandes’ performances improve. He didn’t manage a shot on target on either of Manchester United’s first 2 matches but hit 1 against Liverpool before registering 3 shots on target against Southampton, including the winner. He has averaged 0.94 shots on target per 90 so far this season, but with Manchester United’s progress furthering he will only continue to hit shots on target here. With Ronaldo out of the team he has always been more effective and as Ronaldo is currently being left out of the starting 11 Bruno Fernandes is coming into his own more.
Leicester allow shots from almost the exact same areas of the box that most of Bruno’s shots are from. Bruno will be confident after his goal in the last match and with Casemiro now behind him he will have more confidence to push forward and attack. He has improved with Manchester United this season and I believe this trend will continue and he will get a shot on target this match.
Christian Eriksen to have 1+ Shots on Target
Christian Eriksen has played a generally deeper playmaking role so far this season however has got forward regularly and provided support. When Manchester United spread the ball wide, Eriksen bombs forward to a position near the edge of the box. This means if the ball comes back into the centre, he is in an advanced position to receive the ball and have a chance. Alternatively, if a cross is played in, he will attack it and has had chances from this situation already this season. Eriksen has averaged 2.21 shots per 90 so far this season and has had at least 1 shot on target in every match so far except the last one, where a last-ditch defensive block was the only thing stopping him registering one. He is also Manchester United’s main free kick taker with Ronaldo missing out the starting eleven more often, so could have shots on target from free kicks as well.
At around evens, he is great odds for a player that has had a shot on target in 3 out of 4 matches so far. Eriksen can continue to be a key attacking threat for Manchester United in this match, so I am backing him to have a shot on target.
Casemiro to be Shown a Card
The referee for this match is Craig Pawson. So far Pawson has refereed 3 Premier League matches this season, handing out 5, 3 and 7 cards in each match respectively, an average of 5 cards per match. Last season he gave out 108 cards in the 26 Premier League matches he refereed, an average of 4.15 per match. Across the 4 Leicester matches he refereed last year he gave out 17 cards, an average of 4.25 cards per match and he averaged 5 yellow cards per match in the 5 Manchester United matches he refereed. He even refereed one of the matches between the teams last season, he handed out 3 yellow cards, all to Manchester United. Basically, all those numbers mean he is not afraid of a yellow card, especially at a Manchester United player.
Therefore, it will come as no shock that it will be a Manchester United player that I back to get booked in this match. Only Nottingham Forest have had more yellow cards this season than Manchester United’s tally of 14 this season. When the signing of Casemiro was announced, a lot of people probably thought, ‘I will be backing him for a few bookings’ and in a game where he is expected to make his full debut, he is already favourite to be booked. He averaged a yellow card more often than every 3 matches for Real Madrid last season and unsurprisingly committed the most fouls and received the most yellow cards of any Real Madrid player by quite a way last season. Casemiro is expected to make his full debut in this match, likely seeing McTominay drop out the starting eleven and is up against most of Leicester most fouled players.
James Maddison was fouled a huge 80 times last season, the 5th most of any player in the league. He has already been fouled 10 times and is Leicester’s most fouled player this season. Against Casemiro this should only end one way, especially with a referee who knows where his yellow cards are. Therefore, I am backing Casemiro to be shown a card in this match.
Harvey Barnes to have 2+ Shots
Harvey Barnes is back in the Leicester starting eleven after missing their first 2 matches and has impressed in his 2 matches so far. Against Southampton he had 2 shots and against Chelsea he had 4. Add this to the fact he averaged 2.51 shots per match last season, he seems a great selection for 2 shots here. He played in one of the matches against Manchester United last season and had 6 shots in that match. In that game he was up against Dalot, as he likely will be in this match and Barnes ran rings round him. The Leicester man has had 8 goal contributions in his last 6 Premier League Starts (4G, 4A) and continues to be one of Leicester’s key attacking threats. Manchester United have been open to shots, Southampton and Liverpool both managed 17 against them. If they are this open against Leicester, Barnes will have shooting chances throughout the match.
I think Barnes dribbling, pace and movement will be too much for Dalot again in this match and the Leicester danger man will be more than capable of having 2 or more shots.
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How to watch Leicester v Manchester United in the Premier League
📅 When is Leicester v Manchester United? / Thursday, 1st September 2022, 8:00PM
🏟 Where is Leicester v Manchester United? / The King Power Stadium (Leicester)
📺 What TV channel is Leicester v Manchester United on? / BT Sport 1
🟨 …And who is the referee for Leicester v Manchester United? / C. Pawson 🏴