Courageous Foxes to come up short against timely Gunners
Newly-promoted Leicester City have managed to hold Arsenal to a draw in three of their last four home meetings with them in all competitions, and are 11/4 to take a share of the spoils again. Odds of 11/1 say it will be 0-0, or 11/2 for 1-1.
This will be the first battle between the Foxes and Gunners in over a decade, since the final game of Arsenal’s famous ‘Invincibles’ season, and it is unsurprising that Arsene Wenger’s men go into this encounter as odds-on 4/5 favourites for victory.
Thierry Henry and co won 2-1 that day at the club’s old ground, Highbury, and they are 7/1 to beat them by that scoreline once more.
While Leicester have only taken one point from their first two games, they held Everton on the opening day of the season, thanks to a late Chris Wood equaliser, and suffered a courageous 2-0 loss to Premier League giants Chelsea.
Now Nigel Pearson will prepare his side for yet another tough challenge, and he is 7/2 to lead his team to a first victory in this league campaign. His club next face Stoke City, before hosting faltering Manchester United.
The Foxes boss could call upon hugely experienced new signing Esteban Cambiasso for the game, who would be an ideal replacement for the injured Matty James. The former Argentina and Inter Milan midfielder scored four times last term in Serie A, and could be a key component for Leicester’s survival this season.
More likely chances to find the net for Leicester, though, are Dave Nugent and Leonardo Ulloa, who are both 11/4 to get a goal anytime.
Arsenal have enjoyed a fairly confident but shaky start to the new season, after seeing off Crystal Palace at the death, thanks to Aaron Ramsey’s winner and coming back to draw 2-2 with Everton as well. They also narrowly scraped through to the Champions League group stages at the expense of Besiktas, with new signing Alexis Sanchez getting the sole goal, before Mathieu Debuchy saw red late on.
Welsh superstar Ramsey is a 5/1 chance to net last again, while Chilean forward Sanchez is the same price to score first, and get his first for the Gunners in the Premier League.
Wenger will be unable to call upon left back Keiran Gibbs, captain Mikel Arteta and striker Olivier Giroud, though, through injury, with the latter suffering a fractured leg against the Toffees.