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Leeds v Manchester United betting tips: United looking to build some momentum at Elland Road

| 20.02.2022
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Preview and odds for Sunday’s Premier League clash

The Red Devils regained the advantage in the race for fourth place in midweek and they look to build up some momentum in West Yorkshire this weekend as we pick out some Leeds v Manchester United betting tips.  

Ralf Rangnick’s men took full advantage of Lewis Dunk’s red card when two second-half strikes helped them overcome Brighton on Tuesday night and they now visit a Leeds side in real danger of being dragged into the relegation battle.

Manchester United are a shade of odds-on as the 10/11 favourites for this Premier League clash, while Leeds can be backed at 29/10. 

Sunday’s match at Elland Road kicks off at 2pm and is live on Sky Sports.  

Second-season blues for Bielsa

Elland Road will embrace its first Leeds v Manchester United top-fight game in front of fans in over 18 years and Marco Bielsa will be desperate to give the Whites faithful something to cheer about following a testing second season in the top division.  

Injuries have plagued Bielsa’s squad and they have failed to hit the heady heights of their first season back in the Premier League, where they finished ninth and star midfielder Kalvin Phillips became an England regular.  

Phillips has made only 12 appearances this term and the absence of the England midfielder, along with Patrick Bamford’s injury woes, has hurt the Whites. Bamford scored 17 times last season and played himself into international contention, but has not figured since December and has featured in just six games this term.  

With that duo out of action, it is Raphinha who has stepped up to the plate to become Leeds’ talisman this season and he has hit eight goals so far this term.  

The Brazilian is 13/5 to be his sides first goalscorer, while you can get 8/1 for Raphinha to have an assist and Joe Gelhardt to have four or more shots in Leeds v Manchester United betting tips.  

Daniel James has scored four times since his switch from Old Trafford and he can be backed at 14/5 to haunt his former club with a goal at any time.  

Ronaldo and Rangnick hoping for more joy

It has been a frustrating time for Manchester United with the initial excitement surrounding the appointment of Rangnick quickly descending into dressing room leaks about nicknames for the coaching staff and disjointed performances on the pitch. 

However, following three successive 1-1 draws, United got back to winning ways with a 2-0 win over Brighton on Tuesday night, a victory that took them up to fourth in the Premier League table.  

Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed his first goal of 2022 to open the scoring in that contest and the Portuguese forward is 7/2 to break the deadlock in Leeds v Manchester United betting tips, while it is 5/4 for him to find the net at anytime.  

Although not hitting the high standards many of the Old Trafford faithful would expect of late, United are unbeaten (in 90 minutes) in their last eight and haven’t lost away from home since November.  

It is 10/1 for another 2-0 victory for United, while both teams to score has landed in five of the last six times the Red Devils have been on the road and it could make sense to add a win for the visitors combined with BTTS to your betting coupon at 11/5.  

Jadon Sancho has found his feet with Rangnick at the helm and could add a third goal of the year to his tally at 13/5 in Leeds v Manchester United betting tips, while over 3.5 goals, Manchester United to win and both teams to score makes some appeal at 4/1 as a #YourCall option.

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Head-to-head 

Manchester United have dominated this fixture in recent years. They won 5-1 in the reverse match-up at Old Trafford earlier this season, while they won 6-2 on home soil last season. Another high-scoring game with over 5.5 goals is 15/2 in Leeds v Manchester United betting tips.  

Sandwiching those two emphatic victories for United is a 0-0 draw at Elland Road last season and the draw can be backed at 14/5. Another goalless stalemate is 14/1, while a cagey affair with just a solitary goal is 5/1. 

Leeds’ last victory over United came via a 1-0 win in the FA Cup at Old Trafford in 2010, while that was the same scoreline when the Whites last won against their rivals from across the Pennines at Elland Road, with a Harry Kewell strike giving Leeds all three points in the 2002-03 Premier League season. A 1-0 win for the hosts can be backed at 14/1 this time.  

Key trends 

Leeds have kept just one clean sheet in their last seven home games, which brings both teams to score into calculations at 8/15 in Leeds v Manchester United betting tips, while the Whites have performed poorly at home against the current top seven this season, conceding an average of 2.5 goals per game in the four games played. 

That suggests there could be some good value about the 9/4 for three or more goals for United, while it is 13/8 for the Red Devils to win a match with over 2.5 total goals.  

Those results would be a change from United’s last three Premier League games where there has been exactly two goals each time. That is available at 3/1 this time, while two of those matches finished 1-1 and that scoreline is chalked up at 13/2.  

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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