Manchester United kick off the 2018-19 Premier League season as Leicester City travel to Old Trafford on Friday night. United will hope to put miserable pre-season behind them by getting off to a winning start in the Premier League.
No other Premier League team has won their opening fixture more times than Manchester United. The Red Devils have kicked-off a Premier League campaign 17 times with victory, and are also unbeaten in 20 top-flight matches at home played on a Friday.
Man Utd are clear (1.56) favourites with SportyBet to kick off the new league season with a victory in front of their own fans.
Leicester City have lost seven and won none of their last nine visits to Old Trafford, but can be backed to get their first victory at United’s ground in 20 years at odds of (6.80) on SportyBet .
These teams played a 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium in their most recent tie, and you can get odds of (4.20) on them playing another draw once again.
Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford and Phil Jones have all returned to training, following the World Cup, but Rashford is the only likely starter among them after leading the line against Bayern Munich.
Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young are also unlikely to play, after World Cup holidays.
For Leicester, they will be without Nampalys Mendy, Demarai Gray and Jonny Evans. However, new signing Rachid Ghezzal should be available for his Premier League debut for the Foxes.
Predicted starting line-ups
Man United XI: De Gea; Darmian, Bailly, Lindelof, Shaw; Herrera, Fred, A. Pereira; Mata, Rashford, Alexis
Leicester XI: Schmeichel, Chilwell, Morgan, Benalouane, Ndidi, Iborra, Pereira, Maddison, Albrighton, Iheanacho
Romelu Lukaku, Jesse Lingard, and Paul Pogba contributed 44% of Manchester United’s Premier League goals last season, and all three are likely to miss out in this encounter.
Jamie Vardy who isn’t likely to start, and the departed Riyad Mahrez scored 57% of Leicester’s Premier League goals last season. Four of Manchester United’s six friendlies have been low scoring too, and half of their eight home games in the Premier League this year have seen fewer than three goals. Odds of (1.81) looks like a good value for under 2.5 goals to be scored in this game.