The Premier League returns on Friday evening as Manchester United host Leicester City at Old Trafford.
Both clubs are former recent champions but Jose Mourinho is playing down any talk that his Red Devils can be title winners this season while Leicester will be learning to cope without former playmaker Riyad Mahrez, now at Manchester City.
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We repeatedly saw Manchester United finding life tough last season as they struggled to break down resolute defences. They might run into more trouble here in a game where both teams have concerns.
Paul Pogba is one of six World Cup stars from this summer in Russia that may miss the opening Premier League game. The United boss has been playing down expectations and suggesting he is fearing the worst.
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Opposite number Claude Puel is going without England pair Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire on Friday night too, understandable given the latter is seeking to swap Leicester blue for United red as the transfer deadline approaches.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in five of Man United's last six league games and it seems unlikely this will be a goal-fest. Leicester are capable of frustrating their hosts and might do enough to nick a goal, and a draw, on the counter and from set pieces ensuring 1-1 in the Premier League betting is a value bet.
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Leicester have managed to notched against Manchester United in four of the previous six meetings, a run during which United have scored 17 goals.
There were plenty goals scored in the Foxes away days at the end of last season, with over 2.5 goals scored in six of Leicester's last seven away games. Admittedly, they did finish last season with their minds seemingly far from the job at hand.
Vardy may be absent but Kelechi Iheanacho has been in decent goalscoring form during pre-season and the ex-Man City forward is capable of causing problems by running in behind a home defence set to be without the likes of Antonio Valencia.
With United seemingly in a bit of turmoil, according to their manager, Leicester can score in this one and both teams to score is duly fancied in the Premier League odds.
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With doubts over Romelu Lukaku’s fitness post-World Cup and Anthony Martial unlikely to feature, Alexis Sanchez might be the spark United require if they are to break through. Jesse Lingard and Pogba are also likely to miss out here so the Chilean will need to be front and centre.
Sanchez has been speaking in pre-season of his settling in period at the club after moving from Arsenal in January. He insists he's up to speed and ready to go now and that perhaps will help him make a fast start to the new term. He completes the Premier League tips for this one and is decent value to be first goalscorer.
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Man Utd Predicted XI: David De Gea, Luke Shaw, Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling, Matteo Darmian, Andrea Pereira, Ander Herrera, Fred, Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata
Leicester City Predicted XI: Kasper Schmiechel, Ben Chilwell, Jonny Evans, Wes Morgan, Ricardo Pereira, Vincente Iborra, Wilfried Ndidi, Marc Albrighton, James Maddison, Fousseni Diabate, Kelechi Iheanacho
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