At long last, the final match day of the Barclays Premier League is almost upon us, and our experts here at BettingTips.net are here to provide you with our top predictions once again. Here we focus on the showpiece fixture, as Leicester City and Manchester United are set to battle it out for a Champions League place.
With a top 4 finish as the prize, this match looks certain to have the air of a cup final. For Man United, it’s all in their own hands, Leicester, however will need a result and a favour from Wolves who take on 4th place Chelsea in London.
Before football ground to a temporary halt back in March, it looked all but impossible that Leicester would find themselves in this position come the end of the season. Unfortunately the 3 month break didn’t seem to do the Foxes any good. They came into the restart closer to Man City in 2nd than they were to Chelsea in 4th, yet a disastrous run of form has seen them slump to 5th place, with the prospect of a 4th place finish not entirely in their hands going into the final matchday.
Contrary to their hosts, the prolonged break has done the Red Devils the world of good, as they remain undefeated in the Premier League since the restart. Of the 3 sides battling it out for a top 4 finish on Sunday, United are in the best position, sitting in 3rd place, above Chelsea on goal difference. A slight slump in United’s form has perhaps come at the wrong time; they have drawn 2 of their last 3 Premier League outings and were knocked out of the FA Cup by top 4 rivals Chelsea.
The history of matches between these sides doesn’t read well for the Leicester at all, as the Foxes have only beaten United once since they gained promotion to the Premier League back in 2014, which was an entertaining 5-3 win over Louis van Gaal’s United side in their first meeting of the season. United have won 7 of their last 8 against the foxes, with their last 2 meetings ending in slender 1-0 victories for the Reds. Even in the Foxes title winning season in 2015/16, they could only manage a 1-1 against United in both fixtures.
Below our experts have provided the results of the last 5 meetings between Leicester and United as well as 3 statistical highlights regarding the past meetings between these teams. As well as the stats, there’s also the “Who wants it more” factor to take into consideration.
Having analysed the above information, it looks like a slender win for Manchester United is on the cards this Sunday as Leicester have let things slip just out of their reach.
If this fixture didn’t carry so much weight, we’d perhaps be predicting a draw this Sunday given both sides’ recent form, but with Champions League places at stake, this is surely a battle that has to have a winner, and we expect United to edge it.
Technically, Leicester are the team that needs the win more, as a draw would suffice for United, but Leicester look like the side most likely to crumble under the pressure. We don’t want to mention it, but Brendan Rogers has previous when it comes to throwing away a Premier League triumph in the latter stages of the season.
With everything in mind, we’re backing Man United to win by 1 goal, which you can place on odds of 4 with Bet365. If we were to pick a winning goal scorer, we’d back Mason Greenwood, who you can back as an anytime goalscorer at odds of 3.25 with SkyBet.