Manchester United and Leicester to Kick Off New Premier League Season
The television fixtures for the upcoming Premier League season have been released and we now know the first game that will take place. It will be one of many Friday night games, and Manchester United will host Leicester City, with an 8:00 kick off. United finished second behind their city rivals last season, and while they are unlikely to leap above them, they will be targeting finishing closer to them.
Both Chelsea and Arsenal finished outside of the top four last season,and they are likely to put pressure on those above them including Manchester United. A good start will be key in the race for the top four and United will have this home game marked off as one they want to win to get off to the best possible start. With a mixture of players returning on the back of a World Cup, returning faces who have had the summer off and new players it is going to be tough for teams to gel at the start of the season, and United will have to overcome that like everyone else.
Leicester finished 9th last season after a solid end to their campaign, painting a better picture than the one that we saw half way through the season. They didn't perform well at all during the first months of the season, but part of that may be due to the additional pressure on them to perform after winning the league title. They are in quite a unique position in the Premier League, and that puts more pressure on the team that what there should be, something they will have to overcome again this coming season. The first job for Leicester will be to start better than last season and while they may not think they can go to Old Trafford and win, should they manage to pull that off it would be a huge confidence boost for them in their very first game.
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The early betting for this game has Manchester United as strong favourites to win the tie at 20/57. Those looking for an upset on the opening day may be looking at the price of 8/1 on Leicester and think about taking that ahead of the game. As far as outright betting goes, Manchester United are 20/67 to finish inside the top four once again this season, something that will be their minimum target. Leicester will be looking for a top half finish, and with a better start that should be easily within their reach. They are 5/7 to finish inside the top 10, while more optimistic fans may be interested in the 8/1 available for a top six finish.
With just over a month to go until the start of the Premier League season, the countdown is on and Manchester United vs Leicester will be the game to get us underway.