The new English Premier League season gets underway on Friday night when Manchester United take on Leicester City at Old Trafford
United finished as runners up to Manchester City last season but the gap between the 2 clubs was 19 points. They were rock solid in defence at Old Trafford, conceding just 9 league goals in their record of 15 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats.
For those punters who place emphasis on pre-season results United were involved in the International Champions Cup where they beat AC Milan on penalty kicks, lost 4-1 to Liverpool and beat Real Madrid 2-1. Their most recent friendly delivered a 1-0 defeat against Bayern Munich.
As far as transfer activity is concerned United have brought in Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk for a reported £47m and Dalot from Porto for £19m. The higest pofile departure is that of Daley Blind who has moved to Ajax
Leicester finished in ninth placed last season. They were in mid table for the bulk of the campaign and their away record comprised of 5 wins, 5 draws and 9 defeats. They didn’t manage to win away against any of the 8 sides who finished above them in the standings and they lost on visits to both North London clubs, both Manchester clubs and Liverpool but did draw 0-0 at Chelsea.
Leicester’s most recent friendly results include a 1-1 draw at home to Valencia and a 2-1 win over Lille.
As far as transfer activity is concerned Leicester have lost the services of Riyad Mahrez who joined Manchester City for £60m. They have recruited James Maddison [Norwich] Undisclosed, Jonny Evans [West Brom] £3.5m, Danny Ward [Liverpool] £12.5m, Ricardo Pereira [Porto] £17.7m and Rachid Ghezzal [Monaco] Undisclosed.
The teams also met at Old Trafford in August of last season and United won 2-0 whilst the return at Leicester finished in a 2-2 draw.
The Betting - Match Result:
Man United 5/10
Note, odds quoted are an approximate average and are correct at the time of last update but are subject to change
I’m battling to find anything in the betting markets that stands out but going on last season’s form United were no strangers to keeping clean sheets in home games and I’ll side with another shut out here.
Bet: Man United Clean Sheets? (yes) at 19/20
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