Thursday, August 16, 2018

Manchester United to beat Leicester and under 2.5 goals 12/5 for Fridays Premier League opener

Competition: Premier League

Market: Manchester United win and under 2.5 goals

Odds: 12/5 @ Bet 365

Although it might have been a turbulent US tour for Jose Mourinho’s side, The Red Devils will now have to turn their attention to closing the gap on bitter-rivals Manchester City when they welcome Leicester to Old Trafford on Friday night.

Starting with Jose Mourinho’s side, without the likes of World Cup stars Paul Pogba, Jessie Lingard, and Maruinne Fellaini, it has been a frustrating pre-season for The Reds and their Portuguese boss has been highly critical of his side. Coming off the back of a 1-0 loss to Bundesliga kings Bayern Munich in their final pre-season outing, United were only able to secure one win in 90 minutes in their six tour matches and many believe United will dip back into the market before the window closes. However, with the likes of new signing Fred, top scorer Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford all returning early, we expect United to grind out another win as they so often done last season.

As for Leicester, with Riyad Mayrez finally securing a move to the Blue half of Manchester earlier in the window, The Foxes are determined not to allow fellow talisman Harry Maguire to move to Old Trafford. Although many of their key men have been linked with a move away from the King Power Stadium, Leicester boss Claude Puel has enjoyed a fairly routine pre-season. In fact, aside from a 2-1 loss to Udinese, Leicester were unbeaten in any of their other five friendly matchups. While The Foxes will be hoping to challenge for a European spot this season, they are likely to be without the likes of last years top scorer Jamie Vardy and could struggle against a rugged United side.

Bet: Manchester United to beat Leicester and under 2.5 goals for Fridays Premier League opener 12/5 @ Bet 365

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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