England Premier League

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The English Premier League returns after the international break with an intriguing matchup between Manchester United and Leicester City. At home, Manchester United is favored with a money line of -133 while Leicester City has a money line of +329. A draw is set at +263.

The Red Devils have had perhaps the most perplexing start of any team in the Premier League. They opened with what looked like a convincing 4-0 win over Chelsea but have been winless in their last three matches. United has tied games with Wolverhampton and Southampton with a loss to Crystal Palace sandwiched in between. In both draws, the Red Devils scored first but failed to hold on for the win.

Meanwhile, Leicester City sits third in the table after four games. The Foxes settled for ties in their first two games but followed them up with wins over Sheffield United and Bournemouth to put them on eight points heading in Saturday's game. That's enough to put them behind only Liverpool and Manchester City.

The Vardy Party

Somehow, someway, Leicester striker Jamie Vardy is still going strong. Early in the season, he looks to be in the same form as he was when the Foxes won the Premier League championship a few years ago. He's already scored three goals and notched one assist in the first four games of the season and looks as dangerous as ever on the counterattack.

Of course, the key to Vardy's and Leicester's success early in the season has been in their midfield. Wilfred Ndidi has done a great job of keeping the backline protected while also winning the ball back and helping to spring Vardy on the counter. Youri Tielemans and James Maddison have also been in great form. With those two providing the service, Vardy is constantly a threat to score, even if the Foxes don't have a lot of possession, which could be the case against Manchester United.

The Young Guns

Attacking-wise, the Red Devils have to be pleased with what they've seen so far, especially from their younger players. Daniel James has scored three times in his first four games at the club and looks like a natural in a United uniform. Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial also appear rather comfortable in their roles on the attacking end of the field, as both have two goals apiece. Of course, United hasn't received goals from players outside of James, Rashford, and Martial. They've also missed multiple penalty kicks, causing an uproar.

On top of issues at the penalty spot, holding leads and keeping teams off the scoreboard has been United's biggest issue this year. They have dominated time of possession in each of their last three games, but haven't been to clamp down defensively. The goals United has given up this year have either come off the counterattack or defending set pieces, which could pose a problem against Leicester City.

Take a Share

Manchester United has already lost at home this season, but a second Old Trafford loss seems unlikely, even given the problems at the club. On the other hand, Leicester City has yet to lose and could expose some of United's problems. With that in mind, bet on these two teams playing an entertaining draw.