The Premier League kicks off on Friday night, with Arsenal hosting 2015/16 Champions Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium.
Having defeated Chelsea on penalties to win the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday, Arsenal get their Premier League campaign underway at home to Leicester City. New signing Alexandre Lacazette will lead the line for the Gunners, however the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey are major injury concerns for Arsene Wenger ahead of the match. The trio add to long term absentees including Santi Cazorla, Gabriel Paulista and Jack Wilshere, with the likes of Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi looking to fill in in their absence. Having finished fifth in the Premier League standings at the end of last season, Wenger is under pressure to deliver this time around, with the Frenchman having signed a new two-year contract in North London. The Gunners will be hoping to transfer their pre-season form into the regular campaign, as they hunt a first top-flight title since 2004.
The 2015/16 Premier League champions finished in mid-table last time round, despite having once looked destined for relegation, with Craig Shakespeare having seemingly made vast improvements during his time in charge. A trip to the Emirates is certainly not the easiest of starts for the Foxes, especially with both Robert Huth and Danny Drinkwater missing out through injury. As a result, new signings Harry Maguire and Vicente Iborra look set to make their competitive debuts for the club. Meanwhile, Riyad Mahrez is set to feature despite the fact that the Algerian is looking for a move away from the club.
Head to Head
Arsenal have not lost a Premier League encounter to Leicester City since back in 1994, with the Gunners having claimed four points off of the Foxes last season. Since losing to Leicester in the 2000 FA Cup, Arsenal have won eight of the 12 meetings between the two sides, drawing the remaining four. Leicester failed to score a single goal in the two Premier League fixtures last season, however they have certainly caused Arsenal problems in years gone by.
Betting Odds and Predictions
Given the fact that Arsenal have not lost a Premier League encounter with Leicester since 1994, backing the home side to either win or draw against Leicester on Friday night could well be worth backing, with Tipico offering best odds of 1/9 for this market.
Meanwhile, with the Gunners having kept two clean sheets against the Foxes last season too, backing them to repeat this trick on the opening day of the season is worth a look, with William Hill offering odds of 6/4 for them to shut Leicester out for 90 minutes.
Finally, given the attacking talent on display at the Emirates, many are predicting a goal fest on Friday night, with the likes of Lacazette and Jamie Vardy likely to be the main threats. As a result, backing both teams to score at odds of 4/6 is worth considering.
Top Betting Tip
Despite offering some great tips already, our top betting tip for the match is to back both teams to score and Arsenal to win, which can be found at best odds of 15/8 at Bet365.