The latest season of Premier League makes headway Friday evening as last season’s runners-up Manchester United takes on Leicester City at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho’s men are perceived as the ones to gather all three points but the Foxes could cause a serious upset as Claude Puel looks for a strong start.
The Red Devils are aiming to steal the title from their archrivals but Leicester scent blood in their attack after a troublesome summer. Man United’s lack of invention in the past has been a concern. Their pre-season form was far from satisfying as well. They only placed 6th in the ICC with 5 points. They had problems in defense and Leicester may be able to expose it during the opener. They are also facing troubles in the goalpost. (It’s not looking good for Mourinho, quite frankly). David de Gea has not had a great summer back in Russia and he will surely be eager to find his mojo back.
The club has not reaped much out of the summer transfer window either, their big signing only being Fred of Shakhtar Donetsk. Along with Fred, Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba can provide anchor’s role in the midfield. Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant are other new squad players. Right wing is yet to be solved.
Mourinho and Pogba were not in the best of relations last season. Now is a good time to put their differences aside. Romelu Lukaku is expected to play as the main striker. He’s fresh off an impressive World Cup run with the Les Diables Rouges, netting four goals in the tournament altogether.
Leicester heads into the match after a 2-1 win over Lille in their last warm-up. It’s their first competitive match without midfield star Riyad Mahrez. This is a hit to the club’s creativity, no doubt. It will be up to Jamie Vardy to score for the most part. James Maddison, Jonny Evans, and Ricardo Pereira are astute recruits for the camp.
Manchester United finished with 81 points from 38 games last term while Claude Puel’s team finished seventh place. This could be a cagey meeting with Leicester defending deep. United are favourites to win at -1.75 Asian handicap priced at 2.960, with HT 1.00 at 3.970. Asian Handicap Under 2.5 goals is available at 1.892, while less than 1.5 goals at HT is priced at 1.438. However, Leicester’s EPL outset last time against Arsenal was a seven-goal thriller. If you fancy a repeat here, over 2.00 goals is priced at 1.497 on VOdds sports trading platform.
Manchester United v Leicester City opening clash will happen at Old Trafford, Manchester 20:00 (UTC/GMT +1). Andre Marriner will serve as referee.
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