Manchester United vs Leicester / Premier League – This weekend marks the beginning of the new season in English Premier League, with the proviso that the first match is already scheduled for Friday night, and it will be played between Manchester United and Leicester. Otherwise, the “Red Devils” have ended their last championship season on the second, and the popular “Foxes” on ninth place, while the team from Manchester United team played in the FA Cup finals. As for their duels in the past season, United has celebrated at home with 2-0, while it was a draw 2-2 in Leicester.
Manchester United vs Leicester begins 10.08.2018. at 21:00 CET.
That is why the hosts believe that they can now come to all three points, despite the fact that they were pretty quiet during the summer when it comes to bringing reinforcements, because only midfielder Fred came from Shakhtar's finest names, while the new faces are goalkeeper Grant from Stoke and young defender Dalot from Porto. But the most important thing for Mourinho is that he kept all the starters from last season, because the team has only lost defenders Blind and Borthwick-Jackson and the experienced midfielder Carrick, who also ended his career.
Still, everyone expected that it would be much more busy in Old Trafford during the summer after they took the second place last season in the championship, with a big point backlog for their city's rival City, while they were eliminated in the round of sixteen of the Champions League, and in the big FA Cup finalsby Chelsea. We should also add that Mourinho cannot count on defenders Valencia, Dalot and Roy and midfielder Matic due to injuries, with Leicester, while Young, Pogba, Fellaini, Lingard and Lukaku should take a breather for this match because they are returnees from the World Cup.
Probable lineups Manchester United: de Gea – Darmian, Bailly, Smalling, Shaw – Herrera, Fred, Pereira – Mata, Rashford, Sanchez
As for sensational English champion Leicester from three seasons ago, they have ended last season on the ninth place, mostly thanks to their better performances in the second half of the season, when Francuz Puel became the coach instead of Shakespeare. Namely, the popular “Foxes” had several very good score series under his leadership and at one point did not fear for survival, while they were just at moments in the game for placement in Europe.
However, in the end they remained at seven points behind Burnley, which was a solid result, and Puel still remained on the bench but they have lost their best player Mahreza during the summer, while they also lost goalkeeper Hamer and center-backs Huth and Dragovic. On the other hand, goalkeeper Ward, defender Pereira, Evans and Benkovic, midfielder Maddison and striker Ghezzal came as reinforcements, while Maguire, Chilwell, Amartey, Mendy, James, Vardy and Okazaki should miss this match due to injuries and extended vacation.
Probable lineups Leicester: Schmeichel – Pereira, Morgan, Evans, Fuchs – Ndidi, Iborra – Gray, Maddison, Albrighton – Iheanacho
Manchester United vs Leicester PICK
Even though both coaches have problems with absences, we still feel that the “Red Devils” will do their best to open the new season with a victory, especially since they were only four times last year left without all three points in their 19 appearances .
Pick: Asian Handicap -1 Manchester United
Odds: 1.89 at williamhill (down to 1.82 can be played)