Manchester United are playing fantastic soccer lately, which has lifted them up all the way to the No. 3 position in the Premier League table. The bad news for them is that they’re going to miss a couple of key players on Wednesday when they’re playing against Leeds United at Old Trafford.
Online bookmakers believe the banged-up Red Devils are still good enough to win all three points against the boys from Yorkshire. We, however, feel as if a surprise might happen, which is why we urge you to give our Manchester United vs Leeds preview a read until the very end.
*Odds taken from bet365 on Monday, February 6, 2023.
The Red Devils have won each of their previous 13 games played at Old Trafford. Further, they’re without a single loss at home since September when they lost 1-0 to Real Sociedad in the Europa League.
They’ve been in fantastic form since the start of 2023, but there’s one thing that needs to worry them ahead of the clash with Leeds. Their coach Erik ten Haag won’t be able to count on at least five players this Wednesday. The worst thing is that three of those are midfielders.
Donny van de Beek and Christian Eriksen are out with injuries, while Casemiro is suspended after getting a red card in the previous round. Scott McTominay is also struggling with fitness, but we might see him on the pitch against Leeds for a simple reason – there aren’t many other midfielders on Man United’s roster. In fact, the chances are that we’ll see the “McFred” due on the center of the pitch.
American coach Jesse Marsch still doesn’t have to worry much about his job, even though his team hasn’t won a Premier League game for a long time. The last time they won three points in a league match was in November 2022 when they defeated AFC Bournemouth, the team that’s currently in the relegation zone.
Speaking of which, Leeds are dangerously close to the danger zone. They got the same number of points as Everton who are sitting in the 18th position. The only reason why they’re above is that they have a better score differential than the Toffees.
Knowing all this, it’s clear that they’re desperate for points. Unfortunately, beating Manchester United at Old Trafford seems like a mission impossible for Marsch’s boys. Still, they might be able to grab themselves a point.
Leeds are a feisty bunch, who always fight until the end. Their fighting spirit could be crucial in Wednesday’s game, as they need to fight hard to dominate the center of the pitch. If they can pull it off, they have every right to hope for a draw.
Still, knowing how good Man United’s forwards have been lately (especially Marcus Rashford), we’re worried that they might put one away. Nevertheless, even if they win, Man United won’t blow out Leeds. That’s why our pick for Wednesday’s game is Leeds +1.5.
Pick: Leeds +1.5