Arsenal vs Leicester betting tips, preview and predictions: Gunners to get season off to a flyer

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Arsenal to win both teams to score @ 17/10 with Betfair

Arsenal to win both halves at 12/5 with Betfair

Arsenal with -2 handicap at 13/5 with Coral

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The Premier League betting season kicks off with a Friday night clash at the Emirates Stadium between Arsenal and Leicester. The Gunners will be focussed on enjoying a good start to the campaign after the disappointment of finishing outside the Champions League places for the first time under Arsene Wenger last term.

Leicester, under the stewardship of Craig Shakespeare on a permanent basis now, come into this season under considerably less pressure than last having lost their Premier League crown. But with no major departures as of yet and Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and Kasper Schmeichel being added to by the likes of Vincente Iborra fron Sevilla and possibly Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho, they could be in a position to have another really good season, and certainly cause Arsenal some trouble on opening night.

In fact, it is set up for the Foxes to have a real go from the start; Arsenal will no doubt be keen to keep possession, and Leicester are at their best when keeping their shape and hitting teams on the counter attack at pace. Wenger’s men are traditionally fast starters, but despite playing their opening fixture in the last two seasons, they lost both to West Ham United and Liverpool respectively, giving Leicester hope that they can spring a surprise.

Leicester are at 5/2 to win either half with Betfair, or even 14/1 to win after a draw at half time. If the Foxes are to prevail, they will most likely do so late on instead of dominating the game throughout.

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But Wenger has looked to prove doubters wrong. Over the years he has been criticised for not spending big on players, but he broke the club’s transfer record to sign Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette in a deal worth in excess of £50million. The French striker is seen as the ideal man to lead the line because of his consistent goals record, netting 27 goals in just 30 Ligue 1 games last season. He also suits the style of play, using his pace to run onto through balls from the likes of Aaron Ramsey.

The question marks over Alexis Sanchez and whether he will stay at Arsenal have obviously not given the best backdrop to preprations.

Key battle: Alexandre Lacazette vs Robert Huth

Coming up against Huth will be a real baptism of fire for Lacazette because he will not be used to the German’s particular style. His height and his strength are factors in his game as they are for many others, but Huth is known for being extremely physical and rather old fashioned in his play.

For that reason, Wenger may be better opting for Olivier Giroud from the start, but given the excitement surrounding Lacazette and the money spent on him, it is unlikely he will do that. As a result, Arsenal will be looking to get in behind with the new boy looking to play on Huth’s shoulder. The quicker the offensive play, the more effective it will be.

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