Manchester United vs Leicester predictions for Friday’s Premier League curtain raiser at Old Trafford. A dwindling Manchester United will try to get the new Premier League season off to a flyer when they host Leicester on Friday night. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
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Manchester United vs Leicester City Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews
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Reason For Manchester United vs Leicester City Betting Tips
It’s been just under a month since the World Cup ended in Russia, but these few weeks have seemed like the longest weeks of the year to football fans. On Friday, the Premier League finally returns to our screens and stadiums, kicking off at Old Trafford as Manchester United and Leicester face off in the curtain raiser.
For Jose Mourinho, the start of the new season has come far too soon for his liking. He begins the new campaign with a severely depleted squad due to injuries and World Cup fatigue. Nemanja Matic, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, and new signing Diogo Dalot are all out injured, while Marouane Fellaini, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young, Paul Pogba, Phil Jones, and Romelu Lukaku are all still resting from their World Cup exploits.
To make matters even worse, Eric Bailly and Ander Herrera picked up knocks in their final pre-season game and are doubts here, although one small silver lining is the dedication shown by Marcus Rashford. The young attacker has returned from his extended break early to help his manager out a little, but Mourinho will still be very worried about the squad he has at his disposal here.
Leicester’s situation might not be quite as bad, but they do still have some very important figures missing from their squad. Claude Puel has confirmed that both Harry Maguire and Jamie Vardy will miss Friday’s game, and Jonny Evans, Nampalys Mendy, and new signing James Maddison are all injury doubts.
Neither of these sides have been overly impressive in pre-season either. Manchester United have spent the majority of the last month across the Atlantic touring the United States, but they won just one of their five matches over there, and followed that up with a 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich on their return to Europe last weekend. This run includes draws against Club America and San Jose Earthquakes and a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool.
Meanwhile, Leicester have managed just two wins from their five pre-season friendlies. They beat Notts County in their first friendly of the summer, and finished their preparations at the weekend with a 2-1 win over Lille. In between those triumphs were draws against Valencia and Akhisarspor and a defeat to Udinese, so there is a lot of work for both teams to do.
We might be hoping for an entertaining start to the season, but looking at both these teams, it’s becoming increasingly likely to be a low scoring affair. Lukaku, Lingard, and Pogba, all of whom are expected to miss Friday’s game, scored 44% of Manchester United’s league goals last season. Leicester have it even worse, with Jame Vardy and the departed Riyad Mahrez scoring 57% of their Premier League goals last term.
Four of Manchester United’s six friendlies this summer have been low scoring affairs too, and half of their eight home games in the Premier League this year have seen fewer than three goals. This makes backing Under 2.5 Goals look an excellent value offering, and given both teams’ defensive absentees, we think a 1-1 correct score prediction looks the best bet.
Manchester United Team News
Manchester United are likely to be badly hit by absences on Friday, with Nemanja Matic, Antonio Valencia, Diogo Dalot, and Marcos Rojo all definitely sidelined. Marouane Fellaini, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young, Paul Pogba, Phil Jones, and Romelu Lukaku are all major doubts as they recover from their World Cup exploits. Eric Bailly and Ander Herrera are both injury doubts too, although Marcus Rashford returned from his extended break early to help the squad out.
Leicester City Team News
Claude Puel has confirmed that both Harry Maguire and Jamie Vardy will miss Friday's match, while summer signing James Maddison is a doubt after getting injured in pre-season. Matty James is sidelined as well, with Jonny Evans and Nampalys Mendy both doubts.
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Recent Competition Form
|1/6 (17%)||Over 2.5 Goals||4/6 (67%)|
|1/6 (17%)||Both Teams Scored||3/6 (50%)|
Head To Head
|Over 2.5 Goals||6/10 (60%)|
|Both Teams To Score||7/10 (70%)|
|Previous Meetings (Last 10)|
|23.12.17||Leicester City||2-2||Manchester United|
|26.08.17||Manchester United||2-0||Leicester City|
|05.02.17||Leicester City||0-3||Manchester United|
|24.09.16||Manchester United||4-1||Leicester City|
|01.05.16||Manchester United||1-1||Leicester City|
|28.11.15||Leicester City||1-1||Manchester United|
|31.01.15||Manchester United||3-1||Leicester City|
|21.09.14||Leicester City||5-3||Manchester United|
|13.04.04||Manchester United||1-0||Leicester City|
|27.09.03||Leicester City||1-4||Manchester United|
|13||Brighton and Hove Albion||8||2||2||4||9||13||-4||8|
|15||West Ham United||8||2||1||5||8||13||-5||7|
|9||Brighton and Hove Albion||4||2||1||1||7||6||+1||7|
|14||West Ham United||4||1||1||2||4||4||0||4|
|14||West Ham United||4||1||0||3||4||9||-5||3|
|17||Brighton and Hove Albion||4||0||1||3||2||7||-5||1|
Scores Vs Opponents
|1||Manchester City||16th Mar||11th Nov|
|2||Chelsea||27th Apr||20th Oct|
|3||Liverpool||23rd Feb||15th Dec|
|4||Arsenal||4th Dec||9th Mar|
|5||Tottenham Hotspur||0-3||12th Jan|
|6||Bournemouth||29th Dec||3rd Nov|
|7||Wolverhampton Wanderers||1-1||6th Apr|
|10||Leicester City||2-1||2nd Feb|
|11||Everton||28th Oct||20th Apr|
|13||Brighton and Hove Albion||19th Jan||3-2|
|14||Crystal Palace||24th Nov||26th Feb|
|15||West Ham United||13th Apr||3-1|
|16||Southampton||2nd Mar||1st Dec|
|17||Fulham||8th Dec||9th Feb|
|18||Huddersfield Town||26th Dec||4th May|
|19||Newcastle United||3-2||1st Jan|
|20||Cardiff City||12th May||22nd Dec|
|1||Manchester City||26th Dec||4th May|
|2||Chelsea||12th May||22nd Dec|
|4||Arsenal||27th Apr||22nd Oct|
|5||Tottenham Hotspur||8th Dec||9th Feb|
|7||Wolverhampton Wanderers||2-0||19th Jan|
|8||Manchester United||2nd Feb||2-1|
|9||Watford||1st Dec||2nd Mar|
|12||Burnley||10th Nov||16th Mar|
|13||Brighton and Hove Albion||26th Feb||24th Nov|
|14||Crystal Palace||23rd Feb||15th Dec|
|15||West Ham United||27th Oct||20th Apr|
|17||Fulham||9th Mar||4th Dec|
|18||Huddersfield Town||3-1||6th Apr|
|19||Newcastle United||13th Apr||0-2|
|20||Cardiff City||29th Dec||3rd Nov|
Manchester United vs Leicester City Stats
- Romelu Lukaku, Jesse Lingard, and Paul Pogba contributed 44% of Manchester United’s Premier League goals last season, and all three are likely to miss out here.
- Jamie Vardy and the departed Riyad Mahrez scored 57% of Leicester’s Premier League goals last term.
- Four of Manchester United’s six pre-season friendlies have seen fewer than three goals, with Manchester United averaging 0.83 goals per game.
|Bookie||Home Win||Draw||Away Win||Offer|
|Bookie||Home & Yes||Away & Yes||Offer|
|Bookie||Under 0.5||Over 0.5||Under 1.5||Over 1.5||Under 2.5||Over 2.5||Under 3.5||Over 3.5||Under 4.5||Over 4.5||Under 5.5||Over 5.5||Under 6.5||Over 6.5||Under 7.5||Over 7.5||Under 8.5||Over 8.5||Offer|
|Bookie||Home -1||Away +1||Home -2||Away +2||Home -3||Away +3||Away -1||Home +1||Away -2||Home +2||Home -4||Away +4||Home -5||Away +5||Away -3||Home +3||Away -4||Home +4||Away -5||Home +5||Offer|