It’s fair to assume that not many punters outside Leicester would have expected the newly-promoted Foxes to take anything from their first two matches at home to Everton and away to Chelsea, so Nigel Pearson’s men grabbing a point off the Toffees will be more than welcome at the King Power Stadium.
Be that as it may, even the most ardent Pearson supporters shouldn’t be backing their boys to beat Arsenal at 31/10, despite the fact that the fixture’s being played in their east midlands back yard.
Arsene Wenger’s men were super-clinical against the three promoted sides last term, gaining 18 points from six clashes with Crystal Palace, Cardiff and Hull, with 13 goals smashed in without reply.
Such form makes the 10/11 about the Gunners grabbing their first away win of the campaign a must-have wager, but a shrewder betting angle ahead of this Premier League clash may well be backing the visitors to claim victory without concession at 9/4 in the ‘win to nil’ market.
In five competitive 2014/15 fixtures so far, Wenger’s men have kept three clean sheets, with two of those featuring in to-nil wins including last time out at home to Besiktas in their Champions League playoff-round second leg.
A scratch Leicester XI lost 1-0 at home to Micky Mellon’s Shrewsbury last time out in the Capital One Cup, but Pearson’s best laid plans ahead of the Arsenal fixture are set to be for naught unless they can do what no promoted outfit could last season.
That looks less than likely, in spite of Arsenal’s sole reliable centre-forward missing this match and expected to sit out all others for the rest of 2014.
Olivier Giroud may be sidelined, but new signing Alexis Sanchez opened his Emirates account against Slaven Bilic’s Besiktas, while Aaron Ramsey will be raring to go having missed that match through suspension.
The Welsh international has struck in both of Arsenal’s Premier League fixtures so far this term and is 13/2 to notch his second last-goal of the campaign at Leicester, with Alexis the 9/2 favourite for the opener.