IF Brendan Rodgers has top-six aspirations his side must lay down a marker by winning at Old Trafford today.

Leicester in fact have been cut to 7-1 with William Hill for a top-four place after an unbeaten start to the season.

Rodgers' side lie third after taking eight points from four while United are down in eighth having failed to win since a 4-0 spanking of Chelsea on the opening day.

Since then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men have lost at home to Crystal Palace and drawn at Southampton – and the Foxes are better than those two.

Leicester are priced nicely at a best 15-4 with BetVictor while Leicester draw no bet pays 12-5 at Unibet.

One stat against Rodgers is his club's recent record at Old Trafford with four defeats in five. Both scored in those losses and it's come up in Leicester's previous four. That returns 4-5 at sportingbet while Leicester and btts is 7-1 at betfair.

While many of the players on the park are returning from international duty Jamie Vardy's been sitting with his feet up and should be refreshed and I fancy him at 6-4 with Unibet to score.

United are without Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw, Diogo Dalot and Eric Bailly while Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Jesse Lingard are major doubts

First up today at lunchtime is Liverpool v Newcastle and this can only go one way – the visitors haven't won a league game at Anfield since 1994. The leaders have won four out of five meetings scoring 2+ in all five.

Jurgen Klopp's men are no bigger than 1-7 to win so finding value is tough. Newcastle are unbeaten in three after a poor start but I'm willing to take a chance on Liverpool to win and over 3.5 goals at 6-5 Coral.

Sadio Mane has been the main man with four goals in five games and is 19-20 at Ladbrokes to strike again.

The late game sees champions to head to promoted Norwich and it's a match that promises goals galore.

Man City will run riot if their hosts play their usual open game and an away and over 3.5 goals looks good at 5-6 with Paddy Power.

There have been nine goals in Norwich's two home games with Teemu Pukki scoring four of them. The ex-Celt will be confident after netting in both of Finland's internationals and is 5-2 at Betway to score again.

It's likely to be no more than a consolation though. Raheem Sterling also netted England's two qualifiers and has been unstoppable this season. He is just 4-6 to net – and that's third favourite in football's first £1billion squad – so consider him to break the deadlock at 15-4 with bet365.

Norwich boss Daniel Farke is down to the bare bones with full-back Max Aarons, on-loan Man City winger Patrick Roberts and midfielders Mario Vrancic and Moritz Leitner joining Tom Trybull, captain Christoph Zimmermann, defender Timm Klose and winger Onel Hernandez on the sidelines.Defender Ben Godfrey and keeper Tim Krul are doubts.

Elsewhere Sheffield United have started well and can beat Southampton at home while every chance of Wolves, always decent against top sides, beating Chelsea at 2-1 with Betvictor.

Wolves will be without suspended defender Wily Boly as they mark 130 years of playing at Molineux and a win would male it a perfect day.

In the Championship Charlton at home to Birmingham and leaders Swansea at home to Nottm Forest look the best bets.

It's difficult not to back Fleetwood at pointless Southend in League One and you can have 19-20 at Coral.

Recommended Bets

  • Leicester/Leicester draw no bet
  • Vardy to score
  • Liverpool & over 3.5 goals
  • Mane to score
  • Man City & over 3.5 goals
  • Sterling to score first
  • Sheffield Utd
  • Charlton
  • Swansea
  • Fleetwood

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