Leicester v Manchester United Tips and Betting Offers, Community Shield, Sunday 7th August 2016
The curtain raiser to the new season sees Leicester taking on Manchester United at Wembley. The Foxes are still basking in the glow of their incredible Premier League title win, but can they add another trophy here? Manchester United are starting a new era under Jose Mourinho, following three poor seasons. Can he get his rein off to the perfect start at Wembley?
Leicester may be league champions, but they aren’t favourites for this one. The Red Devils are 20/23 favourites with Coral. They make the draw 23/10, while the Foxes are 3/1 outsiders. Can Claudio Ranieri inspire his men to another unlikely triumph? Another trophy for them would be a huge statement ahead of the new campaign. They’ve made some changes to their squad, so a win at Wembley would be a massive morale booster.
The same could be said for United, as they look to kick on to another gear this season. Jose Mourinho has demanded a title challenge from the start, something that the Red Devils have failed to do of late. They’ve made a few smart signings, which should help them. They’re widely expected to finish above Leicester, with few backing them to repeat their heroics of last season.
These two managers will be relishing the chance to battle one another for a trophy. Jose Mourinho seems to have something against Ranieri, although he has something against most managers. The Portuguese replaced the Italian at Stamford Bridge, so you could forgive Ranieri if he was bearing a grudge.
The former Greece boss has moved on since then, and he’s built a career defining team at the King Power. He led the Foxes to the title having established them as a strong attacking unit, and they’ve only improved over the summer. While they may have lost N’Golo Kante, they’ve signed Ahmed Musa to partner Jamie Vardy. There’s a lot of goals in this Leicester team, although they might not be quite as good at the back.
Will Mourinho bring the glory back?
With Mourinho’s United in their early days, they should be pretty open too. We can’t help but see goals in this one, with the Red Devils packing extra firepower after their summer transfers. We’re backing both teams to score, which is 10/11 with Bet365.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four minutes in to his debut in a friendly last week, and then promised big things to come. The Swede clearly still has a lot of quality, and he’ll be a major threat here. We can’t see the Foxes coping with him, and we think he could land another early goal here, too. We’re backing Zlatan to score first, which is 7/2 with Sky Bet.