Leicester v Arsenal - Saturday 17:30, BT Sport 1
Leicester crashed back down to earth last week, losing to a Hull side seemingly in chaos before the start of the season, and in doing so became the first Premier League Champions to lose the first match of their title defence. However a fixture against an Arsenal side who will have the majority of the ball and who’s leaky defence will be very exploitable on the counter could be exactly what Ranieri’s men need to kick-start their season.
The news that Mahrez has signed a new contract is a massive boost for the Foxes and with the likes of Jamie Vardy and now Musa, they certainly have pace to burn on the counter. Andy King and Danny Drinkwater will continue in the middle and will be buoyed by Arsenal’s loss of Aaron Ramsay to injury after his impressive Euro 2016 campaign with Wales. Mesut Ozil is unlikely to return yet for the Gunners either.
Arsenal capitulated by conceding three goals in 14 minutes against Liverpool last weekend in a typically comical fashion that saw the Emirates faithful rushing for the exits, and as a result Wenger will surely get Koscielny back in the side for this one. However, even with his return the lack of pace in his likely partner at the back, Calum Chambers, will be a cause of concern for Arsenal fans, with Vardy and Musa set to take advantage. The former can be backed at 7.5 as the first goalscorer. Something he achieved in both meetings with the Gunners last term and in eight of his 18 home starts since the beginning of last season.