The 2021/22 Premier League kicks off this weekend with some enticing fixtures to get us started. The pick of the bunch sees old rivals Man United and Leeds face-off at Old Trafford in the 12:30 kick-off, broadcast on BT Sport. This fixture produced a classic last season. United beat Leeds 6-2 in a captivating, end-to-end tie. Could there be a repeat performance as the two foes take to a packed Old Trafford this Saturday?
Man United ended their pre-season with a dominant 4-0 win against Premier League rivals Everton last weekend. The Red Devils will hope for a positive start after finishing second to city rivals Manchester City. Leeds come into their second Premier League campaign following a tough pre-season. Marcelo Bielsa’s side was winless in five of their six friendlies, only managing a narrow 3-2 victory over non-league Guiseley.
Jesse Lingard, Alex Telles and Marcus Rashford are all ruled out for United due to injury. Dean Henderson, Phil Jones and new signings Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane are also doubtful. Leeds’ Diego Llorente is unlikely to feature due to a knee injury, but Jamie Shackleton and Junior Firpo should make the squad.
Firstly, the matchwinner odds for this fixture show Man United as the overwhelming favourites for an opening day win. United were patchy at home last season and ended their Premier League campaign with losses to Leicester and Liverpool before a 1-1 draw against relegated Fulham. There is good value backing a draw this weekend with SpreadEx offering odds of 15/4 for a stalemate. A Leeds win is more unlikely. The Yorkshire side have won once in their last 16 visits to Old Trafford, and the odds reflect a long shot with SBK providing 26/5 for a Leeds win. Our matchwinner tip this weekend is to back a winning start for United. Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side have won seven of their last 11 matches in the Premier League. Spread Ex’s odds of 3/5 may require a large put, but they are the best value in this fixture.
The under/over goals market presents an opportunity to increase winnings in the Man United vs Leeds fixture. The last meeting between the sides ended in a 0-0 draw at Elland Road, and three of the last five meetings between the sides have ended in under 2.5 goals. BetVictor will return odds of 11/8 for another low scorer this weekend. After last season’s 6-2 thriller between the sides, our tip is to bet on over 3.5 goals. Leeds and United have seen over 3.5 goals in their last three matches, and Betfair will return 8/5 for a high scorer this weekend.
The correct score market also has some good value, and it is a good market to add value to a matchwinner. Sticking with a United win and over 3.5 goals, a 3-1 United win will return odds of 12/1, so this could be an outside option. However, a more likely scoreline is 2-1 to Man United – our correct score tip this weekend. Both teams are likely to score this weekend. United have scored in 12 consecutive matches and Leeds in eight of their last nine. Mansion Bet will provide the best odds for a United 2-1 win at 17/2; good value to add to a United to win bet.
Plenty of bite and tension is expected against Man United and Leeds. Fans returning to the ground may add a bit of extra excitement to an already fierce fixture, and both sides will be desperate to get off to a winning start this season. Please remember that our tips are not always guaranteed to win. All of our betting tips are determined by checking the latest team news, odds and player form. You can also try and make your betting go further by checking out the latest UK free bets and offers from the best online bookies, be sure to check them out on our home page. Always take time to read any bookies’ terms and conditions before signing up and placing any bets. Furthermore, when placing any bet with a bookmaker, it is important to be aware of responsible gambling procedures before placing any bet. So, please do gamble responsibly, stay within your limits and keep it fun. Good luck.