Manchester United v Leicester Predictions & Betting Odds – 10th August 2018

Red Devils can put pre-season misery behind them

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Manchester United v Leicester Betting Tips – Premier League, 10th August 8.00pm

Manchester United and boss Jose Mourinho will be under some pressure on Friday night to deliver maximum points. This is the opening game of the 2018/19 Premier League season and United are expected to start strongly. But they don’t appear to have had a very settled summer. Leicester doesn’t have much form going against the Red Devils in the Premier League and are heavy underdogs for this game.

Manchester United News and Form

United boss Jose Mourinho does not appear to have had a happy summer with injuries stacking up, players coming back late after the World Cup and little action in the transfer market. It will be interesting to see how they perform here and they have doubts over Paul Pogba, Eric Bailly, Ander Herrera, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard and Marouane Fellaini while Antonio Valencia and Nemanja Matic are bigger injury concerns. United went W15 D2 L2 at home last season shipping just the nine goals, so under 2.5 goals with bet365 at 17/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 7th, 2018 at 5:12 p.m.) is a decent option for Manchester United v Leicester predictions. Five of United’s last six league games have been under the goal line and United banked a clean sheet in 63% of their home games last season.

Romelu Lukaku is the 6/5 favourite in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken on August 7th, 2018 at 5:12 p.m.) and United will need him at his marauding best because it is hard to see where the goals are going to come from otherwise. Last season United opened on home soil as well, beating West Ham 4-0 in a positive start. They have won their last three opening games of a new season in a row. The last time they lost an opener was against Swansea at Old Trafford in 2014. United have such a strong record at home that they will appeal as the Red Devils are undefeated in 34 of their last 36 Premier League home games.

Leicester News and Form

Leicester could have a tough time in this one. At the back end of last season, they lost their last three away games in a row, shipping at least two goals in each of those. Boss Claude Puel seemed to lose his way just a touch at the end of the term. He won’t have a full strength side out at Old Trafford either which won’t help his cause here. Puel has said that Harry Maguire and Jamie Vardy won’t be starting the game and one of their big summer signings James Maddison is a big injury doubt for them as well. The Foxes have brought in Rachid Ghezzal as a replacement for Riyad Mahrez who went off to Manchester City, but he’s likely to be on the bench after joining the club late in the summer.

So Leicester were already underdogs for this game and now have to deal with an understrength starting eleven. Because of that, Manchester United to win to nil at 5/4 odds with bet365 does appeal* (Betting Odds were taken on August 7th, 2018 at 5:12 p.m.) in Manchester United v Leicester predictions. The Foxes weren’t a great away side last term, posting a W5 D5 L9 record on the road in the top flight. Last season they opened their account away from home and suffered a 3-4 loss at Arsenal in what was a cracking game. The Foxes are W1 D1 L2 in their last four opening fixtures of a Premier League season. This could be a tough night for them.

Manchester United v Leicester Head to Head

The Red Devils have some strong form going against Leicester in the Premier League including their 2-0 win over them in last season’s corresponding fixture. United are undefeated in their last seven Premier League games against the Foxes now (W4 D3) and they have won five of their last six top-flight home games against Leicester as well. Both teams have scored in seven of the last nine meetings but only once in the last three.

Manchester United v Leicester Betting Odds*

Man Utd 9/20
Draw 16/5
Leicester 13/2
* (Betting Odds were taken on August 7th, 2018 at 5:12 p.m.)

Manchester United v Leicester Predictions

Manchester United to win: Jose Mourinho has personnel problems for one reason or another and they themselves are not likely to be at full strength. But still, we are backing the home side to get a win on the board as tactically they should do enough to stifle Leicester. Manchester United to win & under 2.5 goals looks like a reasonable prediction.

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