This is the opening weekend of Premier League soccer. The Foxes are opening up the season against Arsenal at the Emirates. Fireworks are expected to fly in this first Premier League match of the season. This English Premier League duel will go down Friday, August 11, 2017, at 2:45 p.m. ET at Emirates Stadium. The match will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network.
Arsenal and Leicester City are two of the more offense oriented teams of the season in England. Seeing these two teams going against each other to kick off the season should make for some entertaining soccer. The Gunners have to be the favorites of this match, merely because they’re Arsenal. This is a big, strong Arsenal team in the midfield and at the back, and we just aren’t sure the speedy, finesse game that Leicester City is bringing to the table is going to play in North London on Friday night.
English Premier League – Liverpool host Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur still has to think it has a shot of reaching the top of the Premier League. This soccer match at Liverpool will be a tough one especially with the Reds still clinging to European hopes. The Reds are hosting this event, but they’re going against one of the best three teams in England right now. Neither side is a an odds-on favorite with just a slight edge going to Liverpool. The 31st match for league 2nd place holder Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, who are on 9th place currently with 44 points after 29 matches, will take place on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at 12:30 p.m. at Anfield. The soccer match will be televised on NBC.
Tottenham Hotspur easily beat Bournemouth and Aston Villa in their last two domestic soccer matches, however Leicester City keeps winning and that putting the Premier League title more in doubt. The Spurs have finished the job against the teams which they should be beating, but they aren’t playing at their best against the best teams in England. Tottenham never had a shot against Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League, but they have been impressive in the Premier League. The Spurs lost Nabil Bentaleb two weeks ago to a knee injury that might cost him the rest of the season. That’s a devastating blow to a squad which had stayed relatively injury-free for much of the campaign. Ben Davies has a facial laceration, but we’d bet he plays for Mauricio Pochettino on Saturday in such an important match. Jan Vertonghen is close to returning from a knee injury, but he won’t likely be ready for this match.
Liverpool has not been playing up to their potential right now after blowing that game at St. Mary’s Stadium two weeks ago. Liverpool was beaten 3-2 against Southampton after leading 2-1 late in the game and Christian Benteke missed an easy chance. That ended a run of eight straight matches with at least a point for the Reds. In a soccer match which is expected to be this close, the only result we could possibly forecast is a draw.