Place: Great Britain. Manchester. Old Trafford.
Date: on the 10th of August, 2018 (Friday)
Match start: 20:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: Championship of England. Premier League. 1st round.
Man United (the head coach José Mourinho)
The second time in a row a new tournament of the English Premier League is starting on the second Friday of August. But, if last year the place where the opening of the season in England was the capital arena Emirates on which London Arsenal and Leicester have demonstrated super productive football (4:3), then this time the Foxes from King Power have arrived to Manchester Theater of Dreams, that is, on Old Trafford.
We will remind you that according to the results of last season Jose Mourinho’s team became the vice-champion of the EPL. In five last years, after retiring of Sir Alex Ferguson in May, 2013, it was the best result that was gained by United:
2013/2014 – 64 points (+19=7-12, 7th place)
2014/2015 – 70 (+20=10-8, 4th place)
2015/2016 – 66 (+19=9-10 5th place)
2016/2017 – 69 (+18=15-5, 6th place)
2017/2018 – 81 (+25=6-7, 2nd place)
As we see, for the first time in three years the team from Manchester has won more than twenty victories per one season and the center forward of Belgium national team Romelu Lukaku (16 balls) became the top goal scorer of the new vice-champion. As of the writing of this prediction the most titled club of the English football has made only one transfer. For €59.4 million the new player of United became the Brazilian midfielder from Donetsk Shakhtar – Fred.
Leicester (the head coach Claude Puel)
Unlike the closest and very wealthy rival that is going to make some more loud signings in the next few days the budget of the champion of England-2016 seems to be quite modest though today the Foxes have spent even more, than Man United – €67.5 million.
But, here the question is that Claude Puel’s team has received such sum for transfer of the star midfielder Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City. And two most valuable purchases of the hosts of King Power became two Portuguese football players. This is the full back of Porto Ricardo Pereira (25 million) and the attacking midfielder of Sporting, Lisbon Adrien Silva (24.5 million, complete winter transfer). Also for 14 million Danny Ward who didn’t have game practice in Liverpool became the new goalkeeper of Leicester.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Man United vs. Leicester
The grandee of national football became quite obvious favorite of an opening match of the new English season. Here the opinion of experts is clear: Man United – 1.45, Leicester – 7.50.
The head coach of Man United Jose Mourinho has said in his last interview that for his team it is extremely important to begin a new season with a confident victory as it did at the beginning of the previous championship during the match with West Ham (4:0). We will remind you that two previous calendar meetings of present rivals on Old Trafford have ended with two victories of the hosts (4:1 and 2:0). And, in September 2017 Leicester came to Manchester in the status of the champion of the EPL but has been crushed by Jose Mourinho’s team with the humiliating hockey score (4:1).