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Man Utd Vs Leeds Prediction, Odds And Team News

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Man Utd Vs Leeds Prediction, Odds And Team News

Manchester United host old rivals Leeds United in the first lunchtime meeting of the new Premier League season on Saturday.

The pressure will be on United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to make a strong start and mount a serious title challenge to noisy neighbours Manchester City - and up first are Leeds.

Incredibly, it will be the first time in 17 years that the two sides have faced each other in the Premier League in front of supporters, due to strict coronavirus guidelines in place last season.

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Marcelo Bielsa's men will be seeking revenge at Old Trafford after they were thrashed there last season
Marcelo Bielsa's men will be seeking revenge at Old Trafford after they were thrashed there last season

The Red Devils have strengthened their squad with the arrivals of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, while Leeds have brought in former Barcelona full-back Junior Firpo to bolster their defensive line.

Marcelo Bielsa, who has just signed a new contract to remain in charge at Leeds, saw his side finish ninth last season as they offered fans and neutrals alike a brand of attractive, high-tempo football.

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Ahead of the game, our tipster Robert Mann takes a look at some of the best bets from Manchester United vs Leeds United to get your teeth stuck into.

Manchester United Vs Leeds betting tips & predictions

Manchester United are 1/2 to win, with Leeds United priced at 5/1 to come away with the victory. A draw is priced at 7/2.

Prediction: 3-1 (10/1)

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To win and both teams to score: Manchester United (15/8)

Last season, only six teams conceded more than Leeds and defensive issues were often forgiven because of their ability to score goals.

However, in this fixture, Manchester United should prove too strong and players such as Paul Pogba may be given licence to create throughout the game.

Manchester United thrashed Leeds 6-2 last time out at Old Trafford
Manchester United thrashed Leeds 6-2 last time out at Old Trafford
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First Goalscorer: Bruno Fernandes (7/2)

Bruno Fernandes is, arguably, Manchester United's most important player, having scored 18 times in the Premier League last season.

Fernandes takes free-kicks and penalties for United - boosting his chances to score in this match - and we're backing him to draw first blood this afternoon in United's colours.

Bruno Fernandes scored 18 times in the Premier League last season
Bruno Fernandes scored 18 times in the Premier League last season
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Request A Bet: Harry Maguire to have 1+ shots on target (12/5)

Last season, Harry Maguire averaged 1.1 shots per game, and he will be keen on his chances of having chances against a Leeds side who are vulnerable from set-pieces.

The Whites conceded 15 goals from set-pieces last season - the most out of any side - and we're backing the big-headed centre-half to fire the ball home at least once on target.

Harry Maguire is widely regarded as a threat from set-pieces
Harry Maguire is widely regarded as a threat from set-pieces

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Manchester United team news

While United have signed Sancho, he only recently started training and is not up to full match fitness, that's according to Solskjaer, anyway.

Edinson Cavani is also lacking match fitness, while Marcus Rashford is out after shoulder surgery, so Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial could start in attack for the hosts.

Leeds United team news

As for Leeds, Firpo and Jamie Shackleton should be available, meanwhile, Diego Llorente is out with a knee injury.

Other than that, Bielsa has a fully-fit Leeds team to choose from.

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

Topics: Manchester United, Premier League, Leeds United

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