Both Teams Can Score At Old Trafford
The World Cup final was played 26 days ago so less than a month and the new Premier League season starts this evening and for the first time on a Friday night. It’s too early to talk about must win fixtures but for his mood and demeanour Jose Mourinho will be privately praying that Manchester United beat Leicester City at Old Trafford.
There is a World Cup hangover because United will be missing players who were involved deep in the tournament and some of Leicester’s key individuals won’t be fully fit after returning to the club later and less than a week of training. It’s a nightmare scenario but MANCHESTER UNITED are 9/4 with bet365 NOT to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League through that route.
Leicester were the most prolific team in the Premier League last season for both teams to score. In 24 of their 38 fixtures there was at least one goal in both nets. The league average is slightly greater than 50% but Leicester’s average for BTTS during the 2017/18 campaign was 63%. United have not recruited the central defender they seem to lack so may be fragile at times at the back.
Jamie Vardy could be risked if Leicester need a goal and the statistics suggest they will score but one goal might not be enough. The home team were not prolific last season but should get past a Leicester defence that could be missing the services of Harry Maguire. United can put a smile on the manager’s face but not before BOTH TEAMS SCORE and that outcome is 4/5 with Betfair.
There are six Flat meetings in Britain today but the most lucrative fixture is at Tipperary in Ireland. Coolmore sponsors the richest contest, a Listed race for horses aged two over seven and a half furlongs (6.40). The organisation are rich enough not to need presents but they own the most likely winner of the race called CHRISTMAS and the horse can be backed at 3/1 with Ladbrokes to prevail.