The English Premier League (EPL) hits 25-years old this season, and we kick-off with Leicester vs. Arsenal on Saturday morning. Set your alarm clock for 4.45am, grab a coffee and some toast and sit back and watch the best football league around. The rest of the world will be joining you.
What’s New This Season?
Romelu Lukaku to United – $123,700,000
Alvaro Morata to Chelsea – $99,000,000
Benjamin Mendy to City – $85,800,000
Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal – $76,700,000
New Teams & Odds For Instant Relegation
Arsenal vs. Leicester
On Saturday morning Arsene Wenger will lead the Gunners out for their first game of the season while becoming the first manager to take charge of his club in 22 different seasons. It will also be the first time in its 129-year history that the English top-division will play on a Friday night (our Saturday morning).
It looks as if he will be without Alexis Sanchez, Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista, who are either injured or suspended. There are also doubts for Francis Coquelin, Aaron Ramsey, Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi. Leicester, meanwhile, is missing Danny Drinkwater, Vicente Iborra and Robert Huth.
If you are having a bet on this game, it should be noted that Arsenal has won all ten of their home EPL games against the Foxes. In total, these two sides have met up in the EPL 22 times, with Arsenal winning 14 and losing 1.
Jamie Vardy has scored his side’s last three goals against the North London side, scoring the opening goal twice, but has always gone home a loser.
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At the Community Shield last weekend, the Wenger boys beat Chelsea on penalties, with Arsene employing a back three again. Towards the end of last season, Arsenal played with this setup and won nine out of ten games.
It will be interesting to see if they continue with it if they get tucked up by someone. Perhaps one of the Bookies should set up odds for when the “Arsene Out” mob hit the terraces – we are predicting it will be as late as February when they get to play Everton (h) Spurs (a) City (h) and a shock defeat away to Brighton on March 4.
Leicester flirted with relegation last season, after an odd season that saw them depart with their title-winning manager, Claudio Ranieri (who will never have to buy a beer whenever he returns to the City).
Leicester might find they are propping up the table come the end of the September as they also get to face United (a), Chelsea (h) and Liverpool (h) in the opening six games. However, they have made some fairly decent signings, and this side only need their talisman, Vardy, to get stuck in, and some of those big teams could come a cropper.
If Demarai Gray kicks on this season, he could be one to watch for Leicester.
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