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Man Utd v Leeds betting tips: Solskjaer wants a better start

| 08.08.2021

Preview and odds for Saturday’s Premier League opener

Manchester United kick off their Premier League campaign hosting arch-rivals Leeds United, and we have examined the odds for some Man Utd v Leeds betting tips.

The Red Devils, who finished second last season, thrashed Marco Bielsa’s side 6-2 in this fixture last December.

Saturday’s match, which takes place at Old Trafford, is live on BT Sport with a 12.30pm kick-off.

Man Utd v Leeds match odds

Man Utd will hope to get their season off to a better start than they did last year, when taking just seven points from their first six games, and they are 4/7 for a winning start.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made two huge signings this summer, bringing in French World Cup-winning defender Raphael Varane from Real Madrid and capturing Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.

Both have had extended breaks due to their exploits in the European Championship but both could feature against Leeds.

The Red Devils come into this fixture buoyed by a resounding 4-0 pre-season win over Everton in which they welcomed back a number of first-team players including star man Bruno Fernandes, who scored 18 times in the Premier League last season. He can be included in Man Utd v Leeds betting tips at 11/10 to score at any time.

Manchester United are 8/1 in the Premier League winner odds and 1/3 for a top-four finish as they host leeds, who re-joined the top flight last term after a 16-year absence and went on to finish ninth with 59 points.

Having spent over £100million last term, their outlay this summer has been in the region of £25m with deals for Barcelona full-back Junior Firpo, Kristoffer Klaesson and a permanent transfer for former loanee Jack Harrison.

Leeds have endured a modest pre-season with their only win in six coming with a 3-2 victory at Guiseley. They lost to Fleetwood, Real Betis and Ajax, and drew with Blackburn and Real Betis.

Leeds are 5/1 to win at Old Trafford and the draw is on offer at 13/4, while the Whites are 4/1 for a top-six finish.

Leeds players Luke Ayling, Stuart Dallas and Robin Koch feature in the Man Utd v Leeds betting tips

Man Utd v Leeds head-to-head

The Red Devils have met Leeds 109 times since January 1923 and have won 47 of those contests. Leeds have managed 26 wins, while 36 games ended in draws.

Leeds have won two of the last 18 meetings and are 11/1 to win to nil. Their last meeting, at Elland Road, in April, ended in a 0-0 draw and it is 14/1 that the game will end goalless.

Man Utd v Leeds team news

With Dean Henderson missing all of Manchester United’s pre-season due to prolonged fatigue after a bout of Covid-19, David de Gea is set to be named in goal.

Jesse Lingard also tested positive and will be missing, while Marcus Rashford and Alex Telles are long-term absentees.

Anthony Martial returned against Everton after struggling with a knee problem since March and could be selected to lead the line while Nemanja Matic could start after impressing in that match.

Edinson Cavani only returned to training this week after his Copa America exertions with Uruguay, while Eric Bailly and Amad Diallo represented the Ivory Coast at the Olympics and likely won’t be named in the line-up.

Kalvin Phillips started all seven matches for England at Euro 2020 but is expected to start for Leeds.

However, Firpo missed Leeds’ last two warm-up fixtures with a slight knock and Diego Llorente is also a doubt.

Man Utd v Leeds key battles

Only six teams conceded more goals than Leeds last season and defensive issues were often overlooked because of their ability to score goals. It is 4/6 for both sides to score this time.

Leeds conceded 15 goals from set-pieces in the Premier League last season, the most out of any side, and that is a concern with the likes of Cavani and Harry Maguire providing plenty of aerial power.

For Man Utd v Leeds betting tips, Cavani is Evens to score at any time while Maguire is 25/1 to grab the first goal and is 8/1 to score at any time.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication



Simon Milham