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Don't get the party started just yet

Anyone living in a cave for the last nine months would be flabbergasted to see Leicester City at the top of the Premier League table and if they were catching up with the telly this week they could be forgiven for thinking the trophy was in the bag.

Everyone is being congratulated.

I think Rob Dorsett of Sky Sports News can put his feet up and reflect on a job well done after canvassing the opinion of every single resident of the city.

Well played, mate. I’d be on to Rupert about that rise if I was you.

It looks like being a matter of time before the game’s most amazing achievement is confirmed but the Foxes aren’t over the line yet.

So there is a chance for us to go against the grain and make some money. And unusually for us punters that means backing Manchester United.

Louis van Gaal’s boys have had another season to forget but they have been finishing the campaign strongly and been a tough nut to crack on their own patch.

Despite all the doom and gloom at Old Trafford, the Red Devils have kept clean sheets in ten of their last 14 home matches.

And while Leicester coped perfectly without the suspended Jamie Vardy against Swansea last week, this is going to be a lot tougher.

Sprinkle a bit of nerves into the recipe and there have to be concerns that Leicester may not get the job done immediately.

I’m not saying they are going to fall away and make a complete horlicks of their dream season. I wouldn’t start the Tottenham celebrations just yet.

But it might not be this weekend, and United look great value to keep City hanging on.

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Match in Focus

14:05 TODAY SS1

Man Utd v Leicester

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  • Man United have kept clean sheets in ten of their last 14 league home matches
Expert verdict
Leicester need one more win to be crowned Premier League champions but the champagne could be left on ice after this difficult trip to Old Trafford. Manchester United have been firm defensively in the last few weeks and appear to be heading to a decent end to the season under Louis van Gaal.