Leeds United vs. Manchester United Odds, Pick | Premier League Match Prediction (Wednesday, Feb. 8)

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Manchester United vs. Leeds United Odds

Wednesday, Feb. 8
3 p.m. ET
USA Network

Manchester United Odds


Leeds United Odds

Over/Under2.5 (-145 / +120)
Both Teams to Score (Yes/No)(-130 / +105)
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Manchester United will look to continue their strong form vs. Leeds United — their first of two meetings in the span of a week — during the midweek battle at Old Trafford on Wednesday afternoon.

The Red Devils are currently positioned third in the table and could draw level on points with Manchester City with a win. On the other hand, the Peacocks are dealing with fears of being relegated, sitting in 17th place with 18 points.

With both sides trending in opposite directions, will we see United announce themselves in the title race, or can Leeds break out of their slump and gain more ground above the relegation zone?

Here is our look at the Manchester United vs. Leeds United odds and a betting pick for Wednesday.

Leeds United To Benefit From a New Manager Boost?

Leeds fired American coach Jesse Marsch on Monday. Many found the firing confusing, given that the club kept the Wisconsin native through the entire winter transfer window and then let him go after just one match with his new signings. One of those signings was US Men's National Team member Weston Mckennie.

However, regardless of if you agree with the decision or not, ownership was displeased with the direction Leeds seemed to be heading. The Peacocks were winless in their last seven league matches and are just one spot above the relegation zone halfway through the season.

With Marsch's dismissal, the club will now hope to benefit from a new manager boost like Everton did over the weekend, as they beat Arsenal. Whether you are a believer of this myth or not, Leeds are due for some positive regression regardless of who they have at the helm.

The Peacocks have a -3.4 xGD, which is the 12th best in the league, meaning they have played well enough to be five positions above the table than where they currently are, and well beyond the regulation zone.

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Have Manchester United Made Old Trafford a Fortress Again?

Manchester United are one of the most in-form teams in the world at the moment, winning 14 matches in a row at Old Trafford. They also have one of the most in-form players in the world in Marcus Rashford.

Since returning from the World Cup hiatus, the 25-year old has found the back of the net in 11 of his 13 all-competition matches for United. He sits fifth in the EPL Golden Boot race with 10 league goals.

However, despite Rashford's brilliance, United will be without their most important player on Wednesday: Casemiro. The Brazilian midfielder is facing a three-game ban due to earning a straight red card in their previous outing against Crystal Palace.

This puts manager Erik Ten Hag in a difficult position as Casemiro's impact cannot be overstated. According to premierleague.com, with the 30-year old on the field, United average 2.3 points per game and concede just 0.7 goals per game. In his absence, United average 1.7 points per game and are significantly weaker defensively, conceding 2.0 goals per game. 

With midfielder Christian Eriksen also out due to an injury (ankle), new signing Marcel Sabitzer from Bayern Munich will be tossed into the ring and will be expected to fill the void of the former Real Madrid star.

Leeds United vs. Manchester United Pick

After both Arsenal and Manchester City dropped points this past weekend, the Red Devils can smell blood in the water and will be looking to strike against a struggling Leeds team.

While I do believe they will get a win over a permanent manager-less West Yorkshire side and increase their winning streak at Old Trafford to 15, I do not think a shutout is in store.

Leeds should be able to take advantage of Casemiro's absence and get on the scoreboard.

I'll take both teams to score at a reasonable price of -130.

Pick: Both Teams to Score – Yes (-130)

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