With Lampard looking to play an enterprising style of football, Al Hain-Cole expects a fittingly entertaining opening encounter with the Red Devils
The Red Devils slumped to a disappointing sixth-placed finish after a difficult season last time out, but will be targeting a major improvement after splashing out on Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer.
Indeed, they are 11/10 (2.10) favourites with bet365 to get the season off to an exciting start with a big win here.
However, Frank Lampard’s team has only lost three of their last 19 meetings with this opposition, and are available at 5/2 (3.50) to come out on top here.
Both of last season’s league encounters between this pair resulted in a draw, and you can get odds of 23/10 (3.30) on them cancelling each other out once again.
Paul Pogba is a doubt after missing the final pre-season game with a back problem, while Eric Bailly is a long-term absentee.
Antonio Rudiger, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, and Callum Hudson-Odoi are all sidelined, although N’Golo Kante should start after returning for the final pre-season friendly.
There is no doubt this is the game of the Premier League’s opening weekend, and it seems fair to expect a fittingly entertaining spectacle.
Having implemented an attractive style of play in his debut managerial season at Derby County, Lampard has shown a similar emphasis on attack since returning to Stamford Bridge this summer.
Although they kept just one clean sheet in their seven pre-season friendlies, they averaged almost three goals a game and hit 11 in just the final three – conceding eight.
Considering the attacking talent available to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, odds of 3/4 (1.75) are well worth backing on both sides finding the net for the third consecutive encounter between this pair.
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