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Ronaldo Poised to Strike

Manchester United Hits Road as Part of Premier League Round 26 Parlay

An improving Manchester United can expect a hostile reception when they travel to play struggling Leeds while Brighton is eager to return to winning ways when they host bottom-placed Burnley in the English Premier League. Our sportsbook is offering a great range of markets and props for the European top soccer leagues.

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Ronaldo ready to deliver
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Leeds vs. Manchester United

Manchester United beat Brighton 2-0 at Old Trafford in what was a crucial three points for the Red Devils. They leapfrogged West Ham in the EPL standings, sitting fourth with 43 points picked up in 25 games. Star striker and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, who was without a goal since December and dropped to the bench by Ralf Rangnick in recent weeks, bounced back with a brilliant first-half goal against Brighton. The Portuguese international took his season tally up to 15 goals.

Don’t get fooled by the 2-0 scoreline because the Red Devils produced an abject first half against the Seagulls, who only brought one shot on target. They played an entire second half with an extra player on the pitch after Brighton’s Lewis Dunk was red-carded in the 53rd minute. Let’s not forget that David de Gea was United’s best player once again, having some sensational saves in the entire match.

Despite playing on the road, United enters this clash as heavy favorites being priced at -120 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds. Yes, United should be happy they won the three points, especially after they were held to draw games by bottom-placed Burnley and Southampton, but there are many teams fighting for the same position. They must improve and change their attitude on the pitch and, of course, they must be more clinical in front of the net. Edinson Cavani, Eric Bailly and Nemanja Matic are all out injured for Rangnick’s side.

On the other side, Leeds is winless in the last three games, losing two and failing to find the back of the net on two occasions. They are sitting 15th in the standings with just 23 points earned in 23 games, six points above the red zone. They are awful on home soil, winning just three in 11 games and scoring just 13 goals in the process. United destroyed Leeds in the reverse fixture, beating them 5-1 with Bruno Fernandes scoring a hat trick.

Usually, Leeds is an attack-minded team but this time they will definitely play more conservatively because they need the points as they are fighting to avoid relegation. Every single point is crucial for Marcelo Bielsa’s side. This clash will surely be closer than expected so we don’t recommend you include one of the teams to your soccer picks and parlays. The goal line is set at three, and given United’s struggles in front of the net, we don’t expect this game to go over.

Pick: Under 3 goals (-125)

Brighton vs. Burnley: Great Value on Hosts

Despite losing to Man United in midweek action, Brighton are actually only three points behind eighth-place Tottenham and four points ahead of 10-placed Southampton. They are certainly in a strong position to secure a top-half finish, which would be a remarkable achievement for a team that that is normally fighting to avoid relegation.

Before the defeat against the Red Devils, Brighton was unbeaten in the last six games. They are one of the most consistent teams in the league with just five defeats in 24 games. They have a superb squad packed with amazing players all over the pitch. They don’t have stars, but they perform as a team and every single player is giving everything on each game.

Neal Maupay and Leandro Trossard form one of the most underrated attacking duos in the league. Wing-back Marc Cucurella has been outstanding this season, both in a back five and back four and catching the eye of Chelsea, which is planning to transfer him next summer.

On the other side, Burnley are sitting dead last with just 14 points picked up in 21 games, winning one match this season. They have the second-worst attack in the league with 17 goals netted. They are winless in their previous 12 games across all competitions and if you’re betting online, you should avoid backing them. They are winless on the road, scoring just eight goals in 11 games.

Pick: Brighton (-135)

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