Manchester United v Leicester City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 07, 2018
Old Trafford - Premier League
The Premier League gets back underway on Friday, as an under-pressure Manchester United face Leicester City at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho may not have had the smoothest pre-season but is able to boast one of the strongest sides in the league, whilst Claude Puel heads a squad in tradition.
A Juan Mata double helped Manchester United secure a draw at the King Power Stadium, with goals from Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire doing the job for Leicester.
With only a month having passed since the World Cup final, a number of international players will be missing from Friday's clash. For Manchester United, this should see the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba miss out.
Claude Puel looks to have more of his squad back, although will still be without Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire, following the England run to the semi-finals.
Manchester United v Leicester Preview and Predictions
Following a trophy-less season last year, Jose Mourinho is under more pressure than ever as Manchester United boss, with Zinedine Zidane allegedly waiting in the wings to replace him.
Despite being linked with a host of players, including Leicester's Maguire, the Red Devils have brought in just one 'first team' player, the Brazilian Fred. The former Chelsea manager has been highly vocal over the past month about the consequences a lack of investment may bring, and yet will know how vital a win on Friday will be to his team's hopes of reclaiming the top spot in Manchester.
Leicester, on the other hand, have been highly active in the transfer market, investing in both youth and experience. Puel has been able to bring in Johnny Evans on a free transfer from West Brom, whilst investing in the likes of James Maddison and Ricardo Pereira from Norwich and Porto respectively.
It remains to be seen, however, whether the incoming reinforcements will be sufficient to make up for Riyad Mahrez's departure. The Algerian winger has been very much Leicester's creative force for the past three seasons, with the player having contributed to over a third of the Foxes' Premier League goals last season. Of course, hanging on to the likes of Vardy and Maguire will give Puel's side a fighting change, but it is likely the Frenchman will have to rewrite his plans for build-up play.
Even more so than ever, the opening game of the season is unlikely to tell us anything about either sides' chances this term. However, with a host of players absent for both teams, will allow an insight into their squad depth, not to mention an opportunity to build up a run of form early on in their campaign.
Manchester United to win to nil at 6/5
Mourinho's side did it last season, and will be confident of repeating the feat on Friday.
Under 2.5 goals at 19/20
Both sides pride themselves on defensive solidity and are lacking options up front.