It’s the final matchday of the 2019-2020 campaign in the English Premier League, and it has been a tumultuous season to say the least.
As is often the case, there’s never a shortage of drama with this league – and many things are still to be decided. The relegation battle continues to be tense, while Manchester United and Leicester will square off in a match that decides who gets to partake in next season’s Champions League. The stakes are simple, if Man U get a draw they advance, though if Leicester wins, and Chelsea secures a point in another match – it could be the Red Devils missing out.
With the allure and high-prize money of UEFA’s Champions League, entry into this tournament would mean a lot to both managers and franchises. It’s quite poetic that the final matchday of the season sees a game this crucial, and it should make for a thrilling match. As always, read on beneath the odds for a detailed match breakdown and betting analysis for what promises to be an exciting fixture between Man United and Leicester City.
Manchester United vs. Leicester City Betting Odds:
Manchester United (+127)
Leicester City (+205)
Over 2.5 (-120)
Under 2.5 (+100)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Manchester United vs. Leicester City Pick:
After such a strong start to the season, it’s amazing that Leicester City enter Matchday 38 in such a precarious position. The pause to the season really came at a bad time for Brendan Rodgers’ side. They haven’t been nearly as formidable since the restart, and have battled some tough injuries throughout June and July.
Against Man United, Leicester will still be without some key talent. It is believed that Caglar Soyuncu, Ricardo Pereira, and Ben Chilwell will all miss out for various reasons. That’s a huge blow to their lineup – especially within defense. The Man United attack has been in fine form of late, and this will force Rodgers to go with a suspect three-man backline, filled with mostly reserve players.
In the midfield, maestro and excellent playmaker James Maddison is also slated to miss out against United. A tough blow considering Leicester City will quite likely be playing quite aggressive and trying to secure the victory. Up top, the goals will come through the pacy Jamie Vardy, who has had his fair share of success vs. Man U in his career. The United backline has shown some flaws in recent weeks, and can be exposed. Does Vardy have enough support around him though to make it happen?
For Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Man United, their offense has been in fine form, but defensive lapses continue to plague this youthful group. When you look at their lineup, you still get the sense that this squad should be better. Still though, all they need is a draw vs. Leicester and recent form has gotten them to this favourable position.
Because all they need is a point, expect United to start the match more conservative than what they’d normally do. Expect them to focus on their own defensive half and allow the game to come to them. With their speed and skill up front, the likes of Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood should enjoy catching an aggressive Leicester City side with too many players forward. That duo, paired with the prolific Bruno Fernandes and dominant Anthony Martial – should really fare well against a Leicester City defense that is beyond depleted at the moment.
Where United need to be careful is with their defensive structure and communication without the ball. That’s been their weakness in recent weeks, and it’s cost them countless times. In such a big match, with the skilled players of Leicester City pushing for goals – United cannot concede easily and need to do a better job of supporting the struggling, but talented keeper – David de Gea.
Expect United to weather the early storm from Leicester City. While the Foxes should control the early stages and the flow of the match, ultimately the firepower and pace of United should wear down Leicester City. Their defense isn’t of Premier League-quality at the moment, and United should take advantage. Though all they need is a draw, expect United to take matters into their own hands, securing a crucial victory to end off their Premier League campaign.
Pick: Manchester United 2-1