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LionsBet Preview: Arsenal – Leicester City: Back the North Londoners to score first

00:57 EAT 11/08/2017
Arsene Wenger’s charges officially kick off the new campaign and will want to start on positive note.

Arsenal welcome Leicester City to the Emirates Stadium in the maiden game of the 2017/2018 Premier League season on Friday night.

The Gunners finished a distant fifth last term but did lift the FA Cup in May and claimed the Community Shield against Chelsea last Sunday. Arsenal haven’t started the new season on a winning note in recent times but LionsBet offers them at odds of (1.50) to achieve that.

The Foxes 12th place finish made them the worst defending champions in Premier League history. Craig Shakespeare takes on in his first full season and will want to avoid the bad start under Claudio Ranieri. Leicester are a massive (6.50) for a shock victory.

Punters looking towards a draw in this encounter can back it at odds of (4.80) with the same firm.

The Foxes are on a 21-game winless run against Arsenal, with their only victory coming all the way back in 1994. The home side are priced at (1.40) to open proceedings in front of their own fans.

What’s more is that the North London outfit have won each of their last 10 home encounters against their East Midlands opponents. A win to nil is quoted at (2.55).

Arsenal have only won one of their last seven opening day fixtures, drawing three and losing three. Considering that Leicester have also gone through something similar with just a win in eight league openers, the men in red are the favoured side to avoid defeat on Friday night at odds of (1.09) with LionsBet.