The two marquee match-ups this weekend in the Premier League involve the Manchester teams. Manchester United visit a feeling-good-about-themselves Leicester City, and Manchester City host a suddenly-in-fourth-place Arsenal.
Both games are Sunday affairs, with United at 9:05am ET and City at 11:30am ET. Both Manchester teams are surprisingly larger favorites then you would (or more accurately, we would) expect.
Leicester City vs. Manchester United Preview
|Leicester City +260||Draw +230||Manchester United +105|
Despite going down 1-0 in the opening minutes at Anfield against Liverpool, Leicester City played a physical and aggressive game, equalizing in the closing second of extra time in the first half, and threatening frequently in the second half.
In just the past six weeks, they’ve beaten Chelsea and Manchester City.
And lost to Newport County and Southampton.
The point is, Leicester seems to play to the level of their opponent. If this fixture was three months ago, they might lay an egg against Manchester United. But the Red Devils are streaking under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. They’re showing a resolve they very, very much did not have while under José Mourinho , storming back two goals down to tie Burnley 2-2 this week.
This should actually be an exciting match. Given that Leicester are at home and typically play up to the level of their opponent, those +260 to win or +230 to draw are enticing.
Manchester City vs. Arsenal Preview
|Manchester City -350||Draw +500||Arsenal +600|
Although you wouldn’t have realized it based on Kyle Walker’s Twitter trolling fail, City did fall further behind Liverpool this week after losing to Newcastle United. Something isn’t clicking with the Sky Blues like last year, as their tenacity wanes game-by-game.
Arsenal aren’t actually lighting the world on fire (Exhibit A, Form: WLWLW), but they find themselves in fourth right now thanks to the Chelsea dumpster fire. This is a chance for Arsneal to prove that they’re for real. A draw or win would solidify their chances for UCL qualification.
While City is still the pick, that -350 is steep. It wouldn’t be a shocker to see that +500 draw as the end result.
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