Manchester United – Leicester Tips & Predictions For Today, August 10, 2018.
League: England – Premier League
Tip: Over 1.5 Goals
Match Result: 2:1 WON!!!
|Manchester United kick off the well-anticipated 2018/19 Premier League (PL) season by welcoming Leicester City to Old Trafford on Friday. This game sees two previous PL winners go head-to-head, with José Mourinho potentially facing a difficult third season as United boss.|
|United have a tradition of starting strong, and have won three straight opening fixtures. Opening at home, they have lost only once since 1972 (1-2 against Swansea, 2014/15), and they could not have wished for a better opponent: historically they are unbeaten against Leicester at Old Trafford in the last nine(W7, D2).|
|Pre-season has been a mixed bag for the home team. Sandwiched between defeats against Liverpool (1-4) and Bayern (0-1) they beat reigning Champions League winners Real Madrid. Now the real work begins, and United need a strong start if they are to improve on last season’s second place (81 points).|
|Leicester, on the other hand, finished ninth last season (W12, D11, L15), but lost key player Riyad Mahrez over summer. After a quiet pre-season, ‘The Foxes’ need to kick into gear to avoid the poor form seen in their final seven games last season (W1, D1, L5).|
|Mourinho recently stated that “Everything is really bad” regarding preparations for the new season at United – will he feel the same after this game?|
|Players to watch: Alexis Sánchez has not had the start he wanted in a United shirt, but has led the line in pre-season finding the net twice.|
|In Jamie Vardy’s possible World Cup-related absence, Kelechi Iheanacho has scored Leicester’s last four goals in pre-season.|
|Stat attack: United have scored 2+ goals in the last five H2H matches.|
|Leicester away equalled goals last season, with a total of 69 scored in 19 matches (3.6 on average) – 68% of those matches ended in over 2.5 goals.|
|United kept a clean sheet in 12 of 19 home matches last season.|
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