Competition: Premier League – Arsenal vs. Leicester City
Venue: Emirates Stadium – Sunday, February 14 – 12:00 GMT (07:00 ET)
Match Odds: Arsenal 4/6 – Draw 3/1 – Leicester 19/5
The Gunners come into the weekend in third place, five points behind league leaders Leicester, and know this is probably their biggest game of the season so far.
The pressure is on Arsene Wenger’s side to deliver on home soil. A win wouldn’t put them top, but would close the gap on Leicester to two points and would give them a huge psychological boost.Embed from Getty Images
Beating The Foxes will be no easy task though. Leicester have only lost twice this season – the fewest defeats in the league – and are currently unbeaten in seven games.
Claudio Ranieri’s men continued to shock everyone with their 3-1 demolition of Manchester City last weekend and are now title favourites for the first time this season.
They did lose to Arsenal earlier in the season and it will be important for Leicester to try and put that 5-2 defeat to the back of the minds as they will need to focus on the job at hand.Embed from Getty Images
Recent history is on Arsenal’s side as they are currently unbeaten in nine Premier League games against The Foxes. The Gunners are expected to win this game but if anyone can continue to stun the footballing world, it’s Leicester.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be relieved to see fewer names on his injury list than he has for a while. The Gunners are still without four players as Santi Cazorla, Danny Welbeck, Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere remain out, but the good news is Alexis Sanchez is back to full fitness, while Francis Coquelin should also be back in good shape too.
Claudio Ranieri isn’t expected to make any changes to the team that beat City last weekend. Jeffrey Schlupp, Matty James and Daniel Amartey are the only three names Leicester have to worry about as far as injuries go.
Arsenal’s last five: D/D/L/D/W
Leicester’s last five: W/D/W/W/W
Key Stat: Arsenal have not lost a league game at home to Leicester since September 1973.
Key Player: Jamie Vardy – There isn’t much more to be said about Jamie Vardy in what has been a sensational season for the English forward. But his pace will be key for Leicester on Sunday as they will look to hit Arsenal on the counter-attack as much as possible.Embed from Getty Images
Arsenal 2-2 Leicester – Arsenal will see this as a must-win game as far as their title hopes are concerned but it’s impossible to go against Leicester, especially as they destroyed Manchester City in an equally important match last weekend. The Foxes have proven to be a match for anyone and will setup to hit Arsenal on the break – something they should be able to do well. This looks to have goals in it but we can’t separate the two.