Manchester United will be hoping to tighten their grip on the top four when they visit Elland Road on Sunday to take on Leeds. Over the past few weeks, there have been reports of murmurings of discontent within the Red Devils camp, and Ralf Rangnick has come under heavy criticism for his side’s dreary style of football.
Nevertheless, United are just four points off third-placed Chelsea, so perhaps ideas of a crisis at Old Trafford have been blown out of proportion. Rangnick’s charges will be eager to complete a league double over Leeds this term, while the home side will be hoping to allay any relegation fears with three points.
Freebets has run the rule over the ‘War of the Roses’ derby, and we have picked out three juicy tips for you to take advantage of.
Cristiano Ronaldo resurgence continues
After going six games in all competitions without finding the back of the net, which by his extraordinarily high standards, is a drought for Cristiano Ronaldo. However, earlier this week, the Portuguese talisman produced a sublime moment when he flashed home a powerful shot against Brighton in his side’s 2-0 win, suggesting that class is permanent.
There have been concerns that the 37-year-old is half a yard off the pace, and he is out of sync with the high pressing game that United crave. Nevertheless, it isn’t sheer luck that Ronaldo is one of the greatest footballers to grace the game, and he will be eager to silence his detractors with a goal against one of United’s fiercest rivals.
Paddy Power is confident that Ronaldo will get on the scoresheet, and you can get a short price of 4/5 for him to score anytime during the 90 minutes.
No holding back with the cards
Paul Tierney has been selected to oversee Leeds v Man Utd. So far this season, Tierney has dished out 82 yellow cards and one red from 23 matches he has officiated. When he took charge of the Old Trafford clash between the two sides at the start of the campaign, Tierney booked three players.
However, as we know, there is no love lost between Leeds and United, and so you can expect some feisty clashes. And bet365 is offering a short, but also arguably realistic price of 11/10 for there to be over 4.5 cards. You never know, the match might not even end up with all 11 men on the pitch!
A share of the spoils
When Leeds made the trip to The Theatre of Dreams earlier in the campaign, it turned out to be a nightmare. Marcelo Bielsa’s men capitulated, as they succumbed to a 5-1 defeat.
You can’t imagine they will be as bad on Sunday as they were that day, and you expect there to be a bit more fight. Leeds are six points clear of the relegation zone in 15th, but they could eke out a draw. The stalemate is 15/4 at William Hill.