Kick Off: 17.30, 20/08/2016
TV: BT Sport 1
The last time Leicester beat Arsenal was over two decades and 22 attempts ago, but the Premier League champions are a must back at 19/10 to down Arsene Wenger’s threadbare Gunners.
Neither side go into the match in winning form, with Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes surprisingly poor in a 2-1 defeat away to newly-promoted Hull, while Wenger’s men went down 4-3 against Liverpool at the Emirates.
Arsenal taught Leicester a lesson in attacking football 11 months ago, winning 5-2 at the King Power, but that was with first-choice centre-half pairing Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker marshalling defence.
They could only limit Foxes and England forward Jamie Vardy to a brace that day, so Wenger’s shaky backline, which may be missing both Koscielny and Mertesacker again, looks extremely vulnerable ahead of Ranieri and co’s first match of the campaign at headquarters.
Centre-forward Olivier Giroud and attacking-midfielder Mesut Ozil could also still be out after their Euro 2016 exertions, while Leicester have no injury concerns going into the fixture.
They haven’t lost at home in the top flight since that September defeat to the north Londoners, winning seven of their last nine in front of the faithful stretching back to January, bagging 19 times during that run.
Arsenal, on the other hand, have won just two of their eight all-competition away fixtures since February, with those triumphs coming at then-Championship outfit Hull in the FA Cup and an Everton side just a month away from manager Roberto Martinez’s sacking.
Leicester may not have gotten the better of their next visitors since a Clinton was last in the White House, and never during Wenger’s two-decade spell so far with the four-time Premier League champions, but with Arsenal in crisis after another troubling summer, the opportunity is there.
Both matches between these two last term saw the 2.5-goal mark vaulted, an eventually priced up at 8/11 with bwin this time.