Archive for August 20th, 2016

Match Preview: Leicester City v Arsenal

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Leicester and Arsenal will both be looking to recover from opening day defeats when they meet at the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening.

The defending Premier League champions suffered a shock 2-1 loss at newly-promoted Hull while Arsenal were beaten 4-3 at home by Liverpool.

The Foxes, however, have been boosted by the news in midweek that Riyad Mahrez has signed a new four-year deal

Last season’s PFA Player of the Year had been linked with a move to Arsenal, but has committed his future to Leicester. Naijabet

“We have very good players,” said manager Claudio Ranieri. “It’s normal for other managers to look at Leicester players. But we want to continue and stay together.”

There has been no such pick-me-up for Arsenal after their defeat to Liverpool, although manager Arsene Wenger says the club are “ready to spend” this month. “It’s not my money. It’s important to spend money the right way,” he said.

Arsenal beat Leicester both home and away in the league last season.

Team news

The Foxes have no new injury concerns and Robert Huth could return in defence after serving a one-game suspension.


West Brom v Everton Permier league match preview

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Yannick Bolasie is in line for debut when Everton travel to West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday.

The winger has signed a five-year deal after joining from Crystal Palace, saying the move was a “no-brainer”.

Everton, who drew with Tottenham on the opening day, have also been linked with moves for Joe Hart and Lamine Kone, although manager Ronald Koeman refused to comment on either when asked in his pre-match press conference.

“What I don’t like is to talk about rumours,” he said. “They could go on for two weeks more, with so many players linked with Everton.” Naija and Bet

West Brom boss Tony Pulis has been talking about potential transfers ahead of the match, saying he wants striker Saido Berahino and defender Jonny Evans to stay.

“Nobody is more keen for Saido to stay than me,” said Pulis.

There has been speculation that Arsenal are interested in Evans, but Pulis said: “The most important thing is that Jonny is with us and we want him to stay because he’s an outstanding player.”

The Baggies beat Crystal Palace 1-0 last weekend thanks to Salomon Rondon’s second-half goal.

Team news

James Morrison is fully fit for West Brom after making his return from injury at Palace last week.

The midfielder suffered a hamstring problem in January but was a late substitute at Selhurst Park and is available again for Saturday’s encounter.