Arsenal vs Leicester City
Just 83 days since the last Premier League season ended, the English top flight back to start it all over again… and kicking-off on a Friday for the first ever time.
Arsenal host Leicester City and both will be boasting summer arrivals and, potentially, forwards with one eye on the exit door.
Alexis Sanchez has been told he is staying this summer while Riyad Mahrez will be allowed to leave for the right price, and both could play from the off this weekend.
Elsewhere, £52million Alexandre Lacazette will lead the line in the Premier League for the first time, trying to get the better of new Foxes signing Harry Maguire.
Both teams will be keen to start the season with a win, having suffered opening-day losses 12 months ago. The Gunners haven’t lost to Leicester in the league since 1994
Head to Head Stats (Last 6 Matches)
EPL 26-04-2017 FT Arsenal 1 : 0 Leicester
EPL 20-08-2016 FT Leicester 0 : 0 Arsenal
EPL 14-02-2016 FT Arsenal 2 : 1 Leicester
EPL 26-09-2015 FT Leicester 2 : 5 Arsenal
EPL 10-02-2015 FT Arsenal 2 : 1 Leicester
EPL 31-08-2014 FT Leicester 1 : 1 Arsenal
Arsenal Predicted XI: Cech, Monreal, Mertesacker, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Elneny, Xhaka, Bellerin, Iwobi, Welbeck, Lacazette
Arsenal Injuries/doubts: Santi Cazorla Out / Francis Coquelin Out / Jack Wilshere Out/ Gabriel Paulista Out / Shkodran Mustafi Doubtful / Alexis Sánchez Doubtful /Aaron Ramsey Doubtful
Leicester City Predicted Xl: Schmeichel, Simpson, Maguire, Morgan, Fuchs, Mahrez, Ndidi, Amartey, Gray, Iheanacho, Vardy
Leicester injuries/ doubts: Vicente Iborra Out/ Slimani Doubtful / Robert Huth Out/ Kelechi Iheanacho Doubtful / Daniel Drinkwater Doubtful
- Arsenal have won their last 7 home matches against Leicester in all competitions.
- Arsenal have won their last 5 home matches (Premier League).
- Leicester have failed to win 19 of their last 21 away matches (Premier League).
- Arsenal have won with at least a 2 goal margin in their last 5 matches (Premier League).
Players to watch: Lacazette & Iheanacho