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Leeds v Man Utd betting tips: Ronaldo and co can come good after the break

| 19.02.2022

Leeds v Man Utd betting tips and odds

Manchester United head to rivals Leeds buoyed by a much-needed win against Brighton during the week which propelled them back into the top four.

The Seagulls dominated the first 45 minutes and United were jeered off at half-time, but goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes sealed a 2-0 victory at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils start as 20/23 favourites to make it back-to-back wins, but let’s look at some of the other options and some Leeds v Man Utd betting tips.

Leeds v Man Utd form

United faced Brighton on Tuesday having squandered a half-time lead in their three previous matches only to draw 1-1 against Middlesbrough, Burnley and Southampton.

Another draw is available at 11/4, but the odds are 14/1 for United to be ahead at the break and the spoils to be shared.

The visitors can also be backed at 16/5 to be leading 1-0 at the break and a fourth 1-1 draw in five is available at 13/2.

Tuesday’s game turned in a three-minute spell at the start of the second half when Ronaldo relieved the pressure by putting United ahead with a superb strike before Brighton defender Lewis Dunk was sent off for denying Anthony Elanga a goalscoring opportunity.

Jakub Moder had brought out a sensational save from David de Gea in the first half and rattled the bar when they were down to 10 men, so it was hardly an easy ride for United who had a number of great chances after the break.

Relieved manager Ralf Rangnick described the victory as “a big win” and was particularly encouraged by his side’s second-half display.

He said: “After three draws, two of them at home, this was a very important win and even so after the first half today.

“Today for a change we had a better second half than the first half and in the second half it paid off, we were more aggressive. We were primed to intercept and attack them in higher positions, so a highly important win for us.”

Although United have not looked at their fluent best since the turn of the year they are still unbeaten at the end of 90 minutes in their last eight games in all competitions even if they lost to Middlesbrough on penalties in the FA Cup.

These arch rivals are in the top six for goals at both ends this season and we go 8/15 on both teams to score, while the visitors are 11/5 to win and concede as one of our Leeds v Man Utd betting tips.

Leeds have taken just one point from their last three games and lost 3-0 at Everton last weekend when the hosts mirrored United’s energetic, high-pressing game.

They are 14/5 to spring a surprise, but remain without star striker Patrick Bamford who continues to feel pain in his foot.

Although Manchester United have generally looked better in the first half than the second lately, the stats tell us that only Chelsea have drawn the opening 45 minutes more than their 12 and they have won after the break 13 times, one fewer than Manchester City and Liverpool.

With that in mind, Draw HT/Man Utd FT catches the eye at 19/5.

Leeds v Man Utd head to head

Manchester United took advantage of Leeds’ cavalier style of play in a 5-1 victory at Old Trafford on the opening weekend of the campaign having won 6-2 in the same fixture last season.

Rangnick’s side are 13/4 to win and over 3.5 match goals or 16/1 to win by a three-goal margin once more.

However, last season’s game at Elland Road ended goalless and a repeat of that scoreline is 14/1.

Key battles

Rangnick’s recent criticism of United has centred on their lack of aggression, claiming they “need to be more ruthless and nasty”, something he saw in the second half against Brighton.

Ronaldo had gone six games without scoring until he ended the drought with a fantastic goal to break the deadlock, so Robin Koch, Diego Llorente and Pascal Struijk could have their hands full on Sunday.

The main issue is how well Manchester United handle the hosts’ pressing game, but we saw how that panned out at Old Trafford last season when the visitors took too many risks and left themselves exposed time after time.

Although United won 5-1 in August thanks to a Bruno Fernandes hat-trick it was Paul Pogba who also hogged the headlines with four assists.

The France international came on for the last 15 minutes on Tuesday having played the whole of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Southampton, so he looks a likely starter and a player Leeds’ weak-looking midfield will have to handle with care.

Leeds v Man Utd team news

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has not ruled Stuart Dallas out of the game despite the versatile player coming off just nine minutes into the game at Goodison Park.

The Northern Ireland international collided with Alex Iwobi, but “hasn’t been discarded”, according to Bielsa, but Kalvin Phillips, Liam Cooper and Bamford remain sidelined.

Manchester United centre-back Raphael Varane missed the Brighton game with stomach problems, but is likely to have recovered in time for the trip across the Pennines.

Edinson Cavani (groin) and Nemanja Matic (shin) are doubtful.

Goalscorer odds

Ronaldo’s return to form was one of the talking points that emerged from Tuesday’s game and he is understandably the 7/2 favourite to break the deadlock and 5/4 to score at any time.

Fernandes has scored five goals in his last three appearances against Leeds and is 5/1 to deliver the opening goal as he did in August or 9/5 just to find the net.

The Portugal midfielder can also be backed at 11/1 to score at least twice or 80/1 for another hat-trick.

Jadon Sancho has scored twice in his last four appearances and is 15/2 and 13/5 in the two markets, while Varane and Harry Maguire are 16/1 and 10/1 in the anytime options.

Brazilian winger Raphinha is viewed as Leeds’ best hope of bagging the first goal at 5/1, with Dan James 17/2 and both Jack Harrison and Rodrigo 9/1.

Those four players are 7/4, 14/5, 16/5 and 16/5 to breach the visitors’ defence respectively.

Match Info

Where: Elland Road

When: 14:00, Sunday 20th February

How to watch: Sky Sports

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Author

Warren Barner