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Can travel-happy Leicester City earn important win over Arsenal this weekend?

Crippy Cooke in Editorial, English Premier League 13 Feb 2016

Veteran Italian boss Claudio Ranieri has guided Leicester to their unlikely title bid

Veteran Italian boss Claudio Ranieri has guided Leicester to their unlikely title bid

Leicester City travel to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon to face Arsenal in the Premier League, and could well extend their lead at the summit to eight points with a win. The Foxes were thrashed in their earlier meeting with Arsenal, but are coming off the back of much better form this time round to threaten a valuable away win. But can they deliver?

Leicester have won big games on the road this season

Leicester City are 3/1 to win against Arsenal this weekend, and could open up some real daylight between them and the chasing pack depending on other results. Claudio Ranieri’s side certainly won’t be phased at the Emirates Stadium given they won against Manchester City at the Etihad in their previous league outing. They are currently five points clear of second-placed Tottenham after 25 games, and are showing no signs of slowing down.

Arsenal did recently halt their poor form with a much-needed victory over Bournemouth, but the Gunners are far from their best. They have a number of key players currently struggling to perform in the final third, but they can’t afford to drop any more points given their deficit to Leicester in the table. Arsene Wenger’s men are five points adrift ahead of Sunday’s clash, so defeat could all but rule them out of title contention in February.

Foxes in better shape than Arsenal

Matters aren’t helped with Leicester City boasting the best away form in the Premier League this season. The Foxes have won four and drawn one of their last six outings ahead of their meeting with Arsenal, and have lost just once on their travels all campaign. The Gunners are normally a formidable force on home soil, but Arsenal have been far from convincing of late so there could well be a surprise result on the cards.

Arsenal have dropped points in their last two home games, while failing to score too, while Leicester have won away to Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, West Ham and more this season, so they won’t be overawed by the occasion. Manager Claudio Ranieri has the luxury of being able to name a strong side too. The likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez will be in the Foxes’ attack, and could be too much for Arsenal to contain. Leicester have only failed to score on the road once this season, so can they pick up a result against Arsenal?


Crippy Cooke

Crippy Cooke has somehow written for the Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London24 and Bleacher Report among others, despite knowing less about football than your average Fan TV member . The weekly accumulator enthusiast is saving up his winnings to pay for a much-needed hair transplant but grows more on his chin than his head. He lives and breathes football and somehow makes a living writing from it.



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