The late Premier League game today sees the barnstorming Red Devils Manchester United hosting fairytale champions of yesteryear Leicester City.
The Foxes looked back to their dangerous counter-attaching best in an unlucky 4-3 defeat at Arsenal in the opening game of the season. The jury is still out as to whether that was the Gunners showing their usual frailty, but a verdict is definitely in when it comes to City’s own defense, guilty as charged.
This is not a good time to be traveling to Old Trafford with defensive worries as the home team are in effervescent mood. Two 4-0 wins have the home fans dreaming of manager Jose Mourinho maintaining his impeccable “second season” record with a league title.
That may still be wishful thinking as it was only West Ham and Swansea, but then this is “only” Leicester, and another goal glut looks likely.
The markets are tight on United goal feasts, with plenty of goals priced in. Instead we like the inverse impact on a stretched City defence – namely the prospect of a visit to the referee’s book.
Cardaholic Danny Simpson would be top of most lists of most likely yellow, but we like the odds for fellow full-back Christian Fuchs.
The Austrian left back is no stranger to a robust challenge, the cynical pull-back or a bit of argy-bargy. He is also likely to face suppressing the playmaker skills of United’s mercurial Armenian Henrikh Mhkitaryan.
We don’t think it will be long before Fuchs lays down an “old school” marker in his battle with the midfield maestro, and fully expect him to be giving his name to ref Michael Oliver.
He can be backed at 10/1 to be first in the book, but the 5/2 for an anytime visit looks the more prudent option.
Recommendation: Christian Fuchs to be shown a yellow card, 1pt win, 5/2 generally available
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