Who would have expected a newly promoted and managerless Hull city to cause an upset on the opening day of the season? Well, in the Premier League, anything is possible. That was the story last weekend as Hull Cilty defeated the Premier League defending champions Leicester City 2 -1 at the KCOM stadium.
One thing is definitely sure, Ranieri’s men wouldn’t have wished to start their title defence in defeat but results like that further establishes the fact that English Premier League is full of surprises.
It is quite impossible not to mention Ngolo Kante’s name as he was an important figure in the Foxes title winning squad last season. Since his departure to Chelsea, it doesn’t look like Claudio Ranieri has found perfect replacement for the highly energetic midfielder and I personally don’t think he will any time soon. The void left by Kante’s absence was obvious in the opening day game against Hull City. Ranieri chose Andy King to fill in but the Welsh man just couldn’t match Kante’s tireless cover up, defense shielding, and runnings on and off the ball
Though Leicester have lost to Paris Saint German, Barcelona, Manchester United and Hull city all in quick succession, the toxic atmosphere in the Arsenal camp due to lack of signings and the opening day home defeat to fellow giant Liverpool last weekend could be at the Foxes’ advantage.
There is no significant absentee for Leicester City as they welcome back Robert Huth after suspension. Ghanaian Jefferey Schlupp is also available for selection despite interest from West Brom. Gokhan Inler and Ritchie de Laet will not be included in the squad having been told they can leave.
I’m suspecting there won’t be major changes to the line-up that played against Hull city except for the \return of Robert Huth and maybe few tactical adjustments. Here’s how I think they’d line up:
PLAYER TO WATCH
Ahmed Musa, the club’s record signing would definitely be the player to watch as his pace and dangerous forward runs can sometimes be terrifying and a menace to any defence line, something the shaky Arsenal defense will have to be wary about.