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Leicester v Man United: Ulloa won’t halt Reds revival

| 19.09.2014

Manchester United attempt to build on last week’s 4-0 win over QPR when they visit Leicester on Sunday but the Foxes performances so far suggest the Red Devils won’t have it all their own way.

Nigel Pearson’s side were expected to be the whipping boys of the league by many but some credible draws and a win last time out show the Midlands outfit are not just here to make up the numbers.

That said, United are the 4/6 favourites to win, with the hosts available at 4/1 and the draw priced at 3/1.

With the odds on any outcome not offering huge returns here are three bets worth considering for Sunday’s early kick-off.

Leonardo Ulloa to score first @ 8/1 (or anytime @ 10/3)

The Argentine has taken to the Premier League like a Fulham manager to the dole queue after smashing three goals in his opening four games in the top flight.

Strikes against Everton and Arsenal, plus the winner against Stoke last time out, show he can handle the pressure of being Leicester’s marquee signing and his powerful presence could be too much for what is still a fragile United defence to handle.

Juan Mata to score first @ 7/1 |(or anytime @ 6/4)

The arrivals of Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria have left many to speculate how Juan Mata fits into Louis van Gaal’s plans at United but the Spaniard’s current scoring record means he is undroppable at present.

The former Chelsea Player of the Year put the icing on the cake against QPR and has now hit 10 goals in his last 18 outings for the club.

Relishing playing in his favoured number 10 position Mata’s form doesn’t look like waning and if United are to net the opener instead of Leicester he is too good a price to ignore.

Man United to win to nil @ 9/5

With United unattractively priced in the win-draw-win market many could be tempted to take the longer odds of a second consecutive clean sheet win.

For all the talk of Leicester’s impressive start, the Foxes have still won just one match so far this season.

United may have only been victorious once too but their away form was the best of any side last season and their last five wins on the road have come without conceding. Food for thought!

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.