Foxes face Arsenal and Man Utd tackle Sunderland in other PL clashes
Following midweek Capital One Cup action, the Premier League returns as Claudio Ranieri’s high-flying Leicester City look to continue their impressive start to the season against Arsenal, who currently sit one place below them in the top-flight table.
Elsewhere, Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United will aim to overcome a struggling Sunderland at Old Trafford and maintain their impressive home record this term, while West Ham United face Norwich City at Upton Park.
Leicester v Arsenal
The Foxes are 3/1 with Coral to stun Arsene Wenger’s Gunners at the King Power Stadium, having managed to hold them to a 1-1 draw on home soil last term, with Arsenal’s last victory in Leicester coming in January 2002.
Having been involved in a successful relegation scrap last season, the hosts have been rejuvenated under Ranieri and are incredibly undefeated in all competitions, though Arsenal are 11/5 to halt that run with a victory and both teams scoring.
England international Jamie Vardy has been pivotal to Ranieri’s early success and the in-form forward is 15/8 to add to his four goals in seven outings anytime. Alexis Sanchez was on target at the King Power Stadium during last season’s stalemate and is 6/1 to break his current domestic duck by opening proceedings.
Nathan Dyer and Matthew James are still struggling with injury problems and could miss the clash, while the visitors will be without Franics Coquelin, though Santi Cazorla returns from a one-match suspension.
Man Utd v Sunderland
The Red Devils have only lost once on home soil to Sunderland since 1968, a record spanning 29 games in all competitions, and the Black Cats are 12/1 to cause a major upset at Old Trafford.
Last campaign, United cruised to comfortable 2-0 triumph on their own patch, with skipper Wayne Rooney bagging a brace and England’s all-time goal scorer is 5/1 to dispatch another double this time out.
With Antonio Valencia featuring at right back and Andreas Pereira being awarded his senior debut against Ipswich Town, Matteo Darmian and Memphis Depay should return to Van Gaal’s starting line-up. Marcos Rojo and Paddy McNair were both absent through injury for that cup clash, but may be on the bench this weekend.
Younes Kaboul is available again after suspension, though Adam Matthews is out with an ankle problem for the visitors. Jermain Defoe has five career goals against United and is 4/1 to add a sixth anytime in his latest outing.
West Ham v Norwich
Slaven Bilic has instilled a great sense of belief within his Hammers squad, having led his side to away victories over Liverpool and Manchester City this term, and they are 29/10 to win to nil on home turf this time around.
The hosts have lost just once in their previous nine meetings with Norwich, amazingly stretching back to 1995, though the Canaries are on a good run of form themselves and are 23/10 to clinch three points.
Diafro Sakho has been key to the Hammers’ rampant run this term, after netting four times in eight outings across all competitions, and the Senegal striker is 11/2 to open the scoring on his latest appearance.
The Canaries have been helped massively by the attacking exploits of Republic of Ireland playmaker Wes Hoolahan and the Dubliner is 7/2 to net anytime at Upton Park.
Betting tip: Jamie Vardy scores anytime against Arsenal @ 15/8