Manchester United host Leicester City at Old Trafford for the opening game of the Premier League 2018-19 season. Even as Jose Mourinho continues complaining about several aspects of his team, United are in the process of strengthening the team with a couple of signings. After a ninth-place finish last season, Claude Puel is hoping for a push towards Europe from the Foxes. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
United have had a disastrous pre-season with Jose Mourinho complaining about injuries, lack of signings, and lack of interest from his players. All these factors have made Mourinho as one of the favourites to get the sack this season.
Claude Puel has spoken of his delight about Leicester City’s transfer activity, as the club has been able to quickly reinvest the funds from the sale of Riyad Mahrez into several players. The uncertainty surrounding Harry Maguire does affect Leicester City in the short term.
The recent game between Leicester and United ended up as a 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium. Leicester’s last trip to Old Trafford saw them lose 2-0. Our betting tips and predictions expect a victory for Manchester United.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Manchester United win at 1.40[/bet_tip_now]
Leicester City are at odds of 8.50 to win the match. Even at this price, we would not go with a win for the visitors. Leicester have a disastrous record at Old Trafford after managing just a point in the last six visits. United had one of the best home records last season as they came up with 15 wins – just one shy of Manchester City’s 16 wins. Even though United have had a very poor pre-season, the players are likely to wake up for this crucial encounter. Our preview would go with a win for Manchester United.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Manchester United win at 1.40[/bet_tip_now]
Manchester United vs Leicester City draw odds: 4.33
Leicester City win odds: 8.50
Correct Score odds
The match is likely to be a low scorer with United manager Jose Mourinho unlikely to shy away from going with defensive tactics in order to help offset the club’s problems. Leicester have had a decent scoring run at Old Trafford but our correct score prediction expects a United 2-0 win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Manchester United 2-0 win at 7.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
United are coming into the match with plenty of issues in various positions. The mounting injury problems, players returning late from the World Cup, and lack of signings have been cited as a few of the reasons by Jose Mourinho. Leicester may have sold the influential Riyad Mahrez in the summer, but the club has made some interesting signings going forward. The uncertainty, though, is likely to end up causing just under 2.5 goals, according to our total goals prediction.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals under 2.5 at 1.85[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Romelu Lukaku had an indifferent World Cup but he was one of the important factors behind United finishing as the runner-up last season. Lukaku’s record against Leicester City stands at five goals in nine games and all of these goals have come in his last seven games against the club. Our first goalscorer prediction would back Lukaku.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Romelu Lukaku[/bet_tip_now]
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