Manchester United vs Leicester City Betting Preview – 10/08/18

Manchester United vs Leicester City Betting Preview – 10/08/18

Manchester United vs Leicester City

It’s the opening day of the new Premier League campaign this Friday, as Manchester United welcome Leicester City to Old Trafford, looking to get their season off to a flier with three points. Manchester United endured a disappointing season last time out, finishing as runners-up in the league to fierce rivals Manchester City by a colossal 19 points, whilst also failing to win any silverware. This time around, manager Jose Mourinho will be hoping that his side can be much more competitive in the Premier League as last term, just like the rest of the division, they played second fiddle to Pep Guardiola’s dominant Man City side.

Mourinho has flattered to deceive since moving to Old Trafford back in 2016. The 55-year-old has won the league title three times in the past with former club Chelsea, but has failed to come close to Premier League success at United, something that must change this season if he’s to remain in the Red Devils hot seat. Mourinho has been victorious in both the League Cup and Europa League, winning both competitions in his first season in charge of the North West giants, however he now needs to prove his worth in the Premier League and Champions League to win over the Old Trafford faithful.

Fans are concerned for this season after United’s lack of transfer activity – the club have brought in Brazilian midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk for £52million and full-back Diogo Dalot from Porto for £22million, however with the likes of Alexis Sanchez still yet to prove his worth in a United jersey, it remains to be seen whether or not their squad will have enough quality to compete with Manchester City and Liverpool this term.

The hosts have endured an inconsistent pre-season this summer, with wins against Inter Milan and Real Madrid overshadowed by disappointing defeats to both Liverpool and Bayern Munich in the International Challenge Cup. Their last fixture came against Bundesliga titans Bayern Munich last Sunday, where a single goal from Javi Martinez clinched a slender 1-0 win for the Germans, in turn winning them the ICC at Allianz Arena. United won’t dwell on that result too much however as they fielded a very experimental squad filled with fringe players, but they’ll have to be on their metal here against the Foxes to ensure they get off the mark quickly this season.

For 2016 Premier League champions Leicester City, their main aim will be Europa League football this season. Claude Puel’s men finished last season in 9th place after a shaky campaign which saw them flutter with the possibility of a relegation battle, but after a solid pre-season which has seen them lose just one of their five friendly matches this summer, they’ll feel confident in their chances this term.

The Foxes head into this fixture on the back of a 2-1 victory over Ligue 1 outfit Lille last Saturday: Nigerian international Kelechi Iheanacho bagged a brace to ensure Leicester rounded off a promising pre-season with an away win, which will see them head into this match against Manchester United with plenty of momentum.

The visitors were dealt a massive blow when they lost star midfielder Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City in July, however they have made some shrewd moves in the window with the funds made available from the Algerian’s departure. Creative midfielder James Maddison was brought in from Norwich City to fill Mahrez’ boots, while 24-year-old full-back Ricardo Periera has also joined the club from Porto to strengthen the Foxes back-line. Northern Ireland international Jonny Evans is likely to be thrown into the starting line-up for this opening day fixture against his former club, the ex-West Brom centre-back has a wealth of experience in the Premier League and is sure to be a great asset for the the East Midlanders this term.

Last season, Leicester were the one’s to get the Premier League underway on a Friday evening when they played out a thrilling 4-3 with Arsenal at the Emirates. If this game is anything like that one then we’re in for a real treat here, however, with Jose Mourinho and Claude Puel both incredibly defence-minded managers who will do anything to avoid an opening day defeat, we’re predicting a much more cagey affair. Under 2.5 goals is our suggestion, with United just edging proceedings by either one or two goals.

Fantasy

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