Manchester United v Leicester City Betting: Alexis Sanchez to shine in Lukaku's absence against the Foxes

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Having looked sharp in pre-season, Al Hain-Cole is backing the Chile international to lead from the front for the Red Devils against Puel's men

As one of only a few Manchester United players with a full pre-season under his belt, Alexis Sanchez will be under pressure to perform in Friday’s Premier League opener against Leicester City.

With Romelu Lukaku unlikely to start after returning late from holiday following the World Cup, Sanchez looks a strong candidate to open the scoring at 4/1 (5.00) with SportPesa.

One of the few brighter sparks in a frustrating pre-season after scoring against Milan and Real Madrid, the Chile international certainly offers plenty of appeal at 13/10 (2.30) anytime odds.

Jamie Vardy Leicester City

Avoid Lukaku​

In contrast, Lukaku’s 20/21 (1.95) price seems slightly short considering he is expected to start the match on the bench and is unlikely to be at full fitness anyway.

The Belgian’s absence could also offer an opportunity for Marcus Rashford to demonstrate his own qualities in front of goal, with the 20-year-old available at 8/5 (2.60) to open his account for the campaign at the first time of asking.

Also facing the prospect of a starting line-up without their star striker thanks to Jamie Vardy’s World Cup exertions, the Foxes will be hoping Kelechi Iheanacho can replicate his prolific pre-season form at Old Trafford.

Man United Leicester scorers graphic

Former City man to strike?

The former Manchester City striker struck four times in three friendly matches over the summer, and can be backed at 12/1 (13.00) to keep that streak going with the opener, or 9/2 (5.50) to score anytime.

With 57 goals to his name over the last three Premier League seasons, Vardy may still be his team’s best prospect attacking even as a substitute at 3/1 (4.00) odds.

Having joined Claude Puel’s team for £20 million after hitting 14 goals from midfield in the Championship last season, James Maddison is on offer at 5/1 (6.00) to make a memorable first impression with a debut goal here.

Betting Banner - Best Bet Sanchez to score anytime at 13/10 (2.30) for a 1.5pt stake with SportPesa SportPesa footer

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