Match Preview: Arsenal vs Leicester

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Arsene Wenger’s side return to league action as they attempt to prove their critics wrong and bounce back from last season’s disappointing campaign. For the first time in its 25-year history, the Premier League season will kick off on a Friday night, with Arsenal v Leicester. The 2015/16 season’s champions will be meeting Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, with both teams expected to fight hard for their season’s first win.

Match Details:

Date: 11th August 2017 (UK), 12th August 2017 (India)
Kick off: 12:15 AM (IST), 7:45 PM (BST)
Venue: Emirates Stadium
TV: Sky Sports (UK), Stars Sports Select SD1 and Stars Sports Select HD2 (India),NBCSN (USA)
Live Stream: Jio TV, Hotstar,Sky Go,NBC Sports app

Team News:

Arsenal: Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Alexis Sanchez will play no part in Arsenal’s opening Premier League game after the Chilean suffered an abdominal strain in training.Aaron Ramsey’s calf will keep him out of the Friday game, but Per Mertesacker will be fine after suffering a nasty cut in the Community Shield.However the team managed to beat Chelsea to win the Community Shield last weekend without either player.

Alexis Sanchez will not play due to abdominal strain.

Leciester City: Robert Huth will not feature against Arsenal as he continues to recover from an ankle injury, while Danny Drinkwater is considered a doubt due to a thigh injury he is carrying, but Islam Slimani should be available after suffering a nasty gash on his leg during pre-season.Wantaway winger Riyad Mahrez is yet to find a new club so is in line to feature for Leicester City, though Craig Shakespeare must decide if the player would perform.However the former champions are expected to field new signings Harry Maguire and Vicente Iborra as starters.

Head to Head:

Played- 137
Arsenal- 64
Leciester City- 29
Draw- 44
Arsenal haven’t lost to Leicester in the league since 1994, but as we saw two years ago, Leicester have a habit of turning people’s expectations on their head.

Predicted Line-Up:

Arsenal starting XI: Cech,Holding, Mustafi, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka, Elneny, Kolasinac, Sanchez, Iwobi, Lacazette

Leicester City starting XI: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez, James, Iborra, Ndidi, Albrighton,Vardy