Manchester United vs Leicester PREVIEW & PREDICTION 10/08/2018


This Friday opens the English Premier League season 2018/19 and does nothing less with a always candidate for the title as Manchester United who at Old Trafford receives the visit of a tough rival as is Leicester City.

Manchester United:

The preseason has not been very beneficial for the Portuguese coach José Mourinho, and is that while the Red Devils won 2-1 at Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup game, it must be said that this has been the only victory for Manchester United in his six games of preseason and eye that include poor draws before teams like Club America of Mexico or the San Jose Earthquakes and defeat to a Premier League team like Liverpool with a bulging score of 1-4 and for a change they come to close the preseason with a defeat for the minimum difference in his visit to Bayern Munich.

A fact not to be taken into account is that Mourinho has not been able to count on the best of his squad and according to the media that cover the team’s training, many variants are not expected in the primetime for this Friday, since Well players like Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Phil Jones and Romelu Lukaku are already training with the first team, they have very few days training and the Portuguese coach will not take them into account except for Rashford who played 63 minutes before the Bavarian cast and so on. along with Alexis Sánchez and Juan Mata will be called to generate danger in the opposite area.

Leicester City:

Meanwhile things were not very beneficial for Claude Puel, and is that the Foxes have only added two wins in their five games of preparation and these were before teams of a similar or lower level as is the case of Notts County of the English League Two and now last against Lille of France, but in the positive for Leicester City is that he only saw defeat in an opportunity and this should have motivated and with confidence to a squad that is not willing to fight again for the permanence.

For this game Puel will not be able to count on important players for the performance of the team, like the cases of Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire who have lost practically all the preseason. While the case of Riyad Mahrez his absence is final since it was sold to Manchester City and so the Foxes have very little to offer in attack.

In terms of direct confrontations Manchester United maintains an unbeaten eight games, to be more exact the last time Leicester City beat the Red Devils was in September 2014, after which Manchester United added five wins and three draws.

In addition it must be said that before that Foxes victory the Manchester table came with a run of nine consecutive victories over them.

Possible alignments:

Man United: De Gea; Darmian, Bailly, Lindelof, Shaw; Herrera, Fred, A. Pereira; Mata, Rashford, Alexis.

Leicester City: Schmeichel, Chilwell, Morgan, Benalouane, Ndidi, Iborra, Pereira, Maddison, Albrighton, Iheanacho.

PREDICTION: Under 2.5 goals @ 1.84