Manchester United vs. Leeds Pick – English Premier League December 20, 2020

Manchester United and Leeds will meet at Old Trafford on Sunday for a clash between two clubs that used to be bitter rivals. They’re still rivals to an extent, but that has faded over the years and it’s not regarded as much of a rivalry match any longer. Manchester United have been giving their supporters something to be excited about recently.

They are going to the Round of 16 in the Champions League, and a recent 0-0 draw against rival Manchester City could be seen as a win of sorts. Manchester United are coming off a 3-2 win over Sheffield United on Thursday. It was a tighter match than Ole Gunnar would have hoped for, but it was a 3-point showing for Manchester United regardless.

It was a big day for Marcus Rashford, as he found the back of the net twice, with goals at the 26th and 51st minute. David McGlordick made things interesting with a late goal at the 87th minute, but Manchester United were able to hold on for their 23rd point of the 2020-21 campaign. Manchester United are seventh in the table with a record of 7-2-3 and 23 points.

Not good enough for their supporters, but progress has been noted for the Red Devils. The last time they didn’t earn a point in Premier League competition was back on November 1 against Arsenal. They’ve won five matches and took a draw against Manchester City since then. Their most impressive win over the last few months had to be an upset over PSG in the Champions League on October 20.

They will look to stay hot against the visiting Leeds on Sunday. Leeds are 14th in the table with a record of 5-2-6 and 17 points. They’re coming off a nice showing against Newcastle with a 5-2 win on Wednesday. Head below for our free Manchester United vs. Leeds United pick for December 20, 2020.

Manchester United vs. Leeds United English Premier League Betting Odds:

Spread:

  • Manchester Utd. -1 (+103)
  • Leeds +1 (-123)
Moneyline:

  • Manchester Utd. -149
  • Leeds +330
  • Draw +360
Total:

  • Over 3.5 (-122)
  • Under 3.5 (+102)

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Manchester United vs. Leeds Prediction:

Manchester United has to clean up their defence after nearly giving the match away against a bad Sheffield United on Thursday. Sheffield United had success offensively, and created several dangerous scoring chances. They put 6 shots on target, though that wasn’t enough to counter the 9 shots for Manchester United.

Against a capable offence, Manchester United likely wouldn’t have been that fortunate in that match. Their defence has been adequate at Old Trafford, with 1.67 goals conceded per match in the Premier League. The offence carried them to the Round of 16 in the Champions League. They were on fire with 2.5 goals scored per match, which included 3.33 per match at home.

If Leeds brings the same pressure to the pitch at Old Trafford as they did against Newcastle, then Manchester United will have their hands full. Leeds had 25 shots, with a total of 10 reaching the target. They scored 5 goals from different scorers on Thursday. It was the fourth straight, and seventh in eight games, that Leeds recorded a goal.

Other than a tight 0-0 match against Manchester City, the Red Devils have been getting into some high-scoring matches recently. Note that in six of their previous seven outings there has been at least 4 goals scored. There was an average of 4.6 goals scored in those six matches. Manchester United were responsible for 2.6 goals a game, while the opposition scored 2 per game. Look for this one to just get OVER the total in a four-goal match on Sunday at Old Trafford.

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