Arsenal vs Leicester
Today, 19:45 (CET)
Emirates Stadium, London
The 2017/18 Premier League will start on the 11th August 2017 with a match between Arsenal and Leicester City.
Unlike other Premier League seasons, which have started on a Saturday afternoon, the 2017/18 Premier League will start on Friday night at the Emirates Stadium. For the purist, this may not be a good move but for those who enjoy watching football live on television and betting in-play, it is great news.
The first match of the Premier League season is always quite tough to predict and this one is no different. Will Arsenal put last season behind them and start on a high or can Leicester City recapture the form that took them to a sensational Premier League title in 2015/16?
1. Bookies Favourites - Odds
Arsenal fans will want to forget about their 2016/17 campaign and focus on what lies ahead. A fifth-place finish was far from what was expected at the start of the campaign but this season, expectations might be a little lower.
Nonetheless, Arsenal will start this match as overwhelming favourites to take maximum points. The Gunners suffered just two defeats at home in the Premier League last season and won their last five league games in a row at the Emirates. Arsenal are available at 1.53 with Bet365 to win the game.
Leicester City travel to London as the underdogs and lost the equivalent fixture 1-0 last season. The Foxes were terrible away from home and are on offer at 6.50 to win this match. The draw is also on offer at 4.50.
2. Arsenal vs Leicester Betting Tips
The key to Arsenal’s improvement towards the end of the 2016/17 season was a change to playing three at the back. Whether Arsene Wenger continues with this formation remains to be seen but in their final five home Premier League games of the season, Arsenal conceded just 1 goal.
With that in mind, you can back Arsenal to win the match to nil at 2.80 with Ladbrokes.
Leicester City will be hoping the signings of Harry Maguire and Vicente Iborra help to keep Arsenal at bay in this match. However, one man who will be hoping to get on the scoresheet for the Gunners is Alexandre Lacazette. The Frenchman has joined from Lyon this summer and has an excellent rate of goals to his name in France. If he can produce the same form in the Premier League he will be a hit with the Arsenal fans and you can get Lacazette to score the first goal.
Despite not picking up many points away from home last season, Leicester started scoring goals towards the end of the season. If they continue in the same way, it suggests they will score a goal in this match although it may not be enough to take maximum points. Arsenal to win and both teams to score is 3.00 with Bet365.
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3. Team News
So what we know few hours before the first game of the Premier League season 2017/18?
We definitely know that Arsenal will have to play without their leading scorer - Alexis Sanchez. Koscielny is suspended following his sending off in the final match of the last season against Everton. Özil, Mustafi, Mertesacker and Ramsey are rather doubtful to play.
Craig Shakespeare will have to deal with Drinkwater, Huth and Iborra absence. Rest of the squad seems fit and ready to play. We probably will also see Kelechi Iheanacho in action.