After the International Big event-World Cup 2018, The Premier League season will get underway at Old Trafford on Friday night as Manchester United take on Leicester City.
Jose Mourinho has endured a frustrating summer, bemoaning a lack of transfer activity and unavailability of key players due to the World Cup.
Jose Mourinho’s side won only one of their six pre-season matches in 90 minutes—they beat AC Milan on penalties—and his relationship with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has been hurt over transfers, according to Goal’s Kris Voakes.
Leicester manager Claude Puel has had a calmer summer of preparation and completed several signings including Jonny Evans and James Maddison, as well as losing only once in five outings in pre-season.
The Foxes are clear underdogs to begin their 2018-19 campaign with victory at Old Trafford, but absences following the 2018 FIFA World Cup mean United may be weakened enough to drop points at this stage of the season.
Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones are unlikely to start after returning late to training due to the World Cup.
Meanwhile, Nemanja Matic, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo and new signing Diogo Dalot are all ruled out through injury.
Similarly, England internationals Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire are not ready to start for the guests, with Jonny Evans and James Maddison facing late fitness tests ahead of a potential debut.
While Mourinho has been characteristically vocal over his understrength squad heading into this opener, opposite number Claude Puel will also be forced to start the campaign with a team that looks considerably weakened compared to last season.
With Vardy unfit to start and Riyad Mahrez now a Manchester City player, the visiting attack is unlikely to pose too much of a threat to a defence that can still call upon David De Gea, Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly.
Manchester United is given 1 Ball to play in his first match of EPL 18/19, and 2.5 O/U in W88 A-sport.
for my prediction: Under 2.5