As the Premier League is set to be back, it is time to do the first predicted line-up of the season. Leicester may make a formation change from the 4-4-2 that we have all become accustomed to during their Premier League success in the 2015/16 season to a 4-5-1.
Craig Shakespeare has confirmed that Islam Slimani and Robert Huth are both injured and are not possibilities for Friday. New signing Kelechi Iheanacho picked up a knock on his debut for the Foxes, but is back in contention, however it is likely he will start on the bench.
Here’s who the manager could pick for the opening day encounter.
Kaspar Schmeichel is a certainty in goal for the Foxes. The Danish goalkeeper has remained a stalwart in the Leicester team for many a season and his heroics in goal throughout last season kept Leicester above the drop zone.
The ever present trio of Danny Simpson, Wes Morgan and Christian Fuchs should all start in the back four with Robert Huth’s ankle injury allowing new signing Harry Maguire to partner Morgan at the heart of the defence.
Maguire’s acquisition from Hull looks a good move for the Foxes and the centre-back will be hoping to continue his form that earned his move away from the KC Stadium.
Riyad Mahrez, Marc Albrighton, Wilfred Ndidi, Matty James and Andy King are the likely five to make up the midfield.
Matty James’ form in pre-season has been a big boost for Shakespeare
he could start alongside last season’s Young Player of the Year, Wilfred Ndidi, although experienced new signing Vicente Iborra is out injured.
Mahrez and Albrighton should take up the wider midfield positions, the latter’s form at the end of last season makes him pretty much a guaranteed starter on one flank, whereas it is between Gray and Mahrez on the other.
Mahrez wishes for a move away with Leicester holding out for the right price, but he is still likely to get the go ahead over Gray.
Jamie Vardy is likely to start as a lone striker versus Arsenal because of Kelechi Iheanacho’s injury doubt.
The English international’s tenacity and hard work is favoured by Shakespeare to cause difficulties for the Arsenal defence consisting of three centre-halves.
The Leicester boss looks to start with a more structured and defensive lineup, and any chance of a goalscoring opportunity is set to go through Vardy as the only striker.