United can spoil Vardy’s big day
When Manchester United play in a top-of-the table clash you would expect the focus of attention to be on their squad.
But that is not the case for this Saturday’s match against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. Jamie Vardy, the very epitome of a rag-to-riches footballer, will break the Premier League record for scoring goals in consecutive matches if finding the net.
Vardy, plucked out of non-league obscurity by Leicester in 2012, is currently tying with Ruud van Nistelrooy for the record so it’s rather ironic that the match in which he hopes to make history is against the great Dutchman’s former club.
Of course, no one expects Leicester to be still in contention for a Champions League spot at the end of the season. United, Manchester City and Arsenal are all breathing down their necks and manager Claudio Ranieri is not one to get carried away. He certainly isn’t looking too far ahead as he says his team’s first aim is to get to 40 points to ensure another season of Premier League football.
Louis van Gaal seems to have sorted out that aspect of United’s play this season, though it has been at the cost of some flair and invention in attack. Even with Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial back in action against PSV in midweek, United drew a blank and were booed off by the Old Trafford faithful. That draw did stretch their unbeaten run to nine matches but van Gaal still isn’t popular with huge sections of the United fan base and could be missing Ander Herrera at the King Power. Young striker James Wilson has joined Brighton on loan but Jesse Lingard is beginning to fulfil his potential and could figure.
Leicester are on a terrific run, having won five of six Premier League matches since that Arsenal defeat. But they leave themselves wide-open at times and I fancy United will punish them on the break. Van Gaal’s men look the bet at 13/10 in our Full Time Result betting but there might be a few goals for the capacity crowd to enjoy. Over (3.5) in our Goal Over/Under market is an eye-catching 23/10. If you fancy Vardy to break that goalscoring record, the England striker is 7/5 in our Anytime Goalscorer betting – Lingard is 13/5 in the same market.
The match kicks off at 5.30pm on Saturday, November 28th at the King Power Stadium
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