Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Prediction: Arsenal vs Leicester City

Verdict: Both teams to score – yes

Best Odds: 11/20

Bookmaker: 888sport

Arsenal are one of the best teams in the Premier League right now, while Leicester has been extremely inconsistent. The hosts, who have won their last nine games across all competitions, will aim for three more points and a Top 4 spot when they host The Foxes at the Emirates Stadium this Monday. At least on paper, The Gunners have a clear edge here.

Arsenal

Despite the fact they do not top the table, there is little question that Arsenal are one of the hottest teams in the Premier League right now. Unai Emery’s men have not tasted defeat since suffering a narrow 3-2 loss to Chelsea back in August, and now they can jump into the Premier League’s top four if they secure the three points against Leicester. Since that loss to The Blues in the second week of the campaign, Arsenal have clinched nine straight wins across all competitions: six in the EPL, two in the UEFA Europa League, and one in the Carabao Cup, so they will try to keep that momentum going. Plus, their home record is quite impressive: they lost to Manchester City in Week 1, but have won every single game after that, scoring 14 goals (across all competitions) and conceding just four goals, with two clean sheets. Emery has The Gunners firing in all cylinders at the moment!

Team News

Undoubtedly, Arsenal will be quite weakened on the defensive end. Laurent Koscielny (calf) and Konstantinos Mavropanos (groin) have been ruled out.

To make things even more complicated, Petr Cech (thigh) and Sokratis (ankle) are questionable for this tie. Both would probably start if deemed fit under normal circunstances, but now they will be game-time decisions.

Leicester

Leicester City, on the other hand, have been quite inconsistent thus far when it comes to their Premier League performances. Through their first eight games in the campaign, The Foxes have won four and lost four while following the same pattern: LWWL and LWWL. They are coming off a disappointing 1-2 home defeat against Everton, but there is just one positive thing: the team has scored at least once in every single league contest thus far. Their current away form shows two wins and two defeats and if we respect the pattern, then they might lose here. For what is worth, Leicester’s record against Arsenal at the Emirates in recent years hasn’t been very good: nine games played and nine losses, while securing a 0-0 draw in the FA Cup back in the 1999/00 season. Can they pull the upset here and secure the three points here?

Team News

The Foxes will have some absences, too. Matthew James is out with a calf problem, while Wes Morgan won’t play after being sent off in his last match against Everton.

Plus, Demarai Gray has been listed as a game-time decision due to an ankle injury.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Four of the last five meetings between these two sides here have seen over 2.5 goals. Four of those have had both sides scoring as well.
  • Arsenal are currently riding a nine-game winning streak across all competitions.
  • Leicester, on the other hand, have been extremely inconsistent with W4, L4 during the current league campaign.
  • Arsenal have scored at laest two goals in each of their last 10 games across all competitions.
  • Four of Leicester’s last five matches have had over 2.5 goals scored.

Conclusion

This game has all the makings of being an open match. Therefore, I believe both sides will end up scoring here.

Verdict: Both teams to score – yes

Best Odds: 11/20

Bookmaker: 888sport

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Juan Pablo Aravena


A freelance writer and sports analyst with almost five years of experience in the industry before joining SoccerNews, Juan Pablo Aravena is based in Chile and currently contributes to several publications and websites including SoccerNews, 12up, and Sports From The Basement, while also working as a fantasy beat writer for RotoWire, as a database editor for EA Sports, and as a football analyst for SmartOdds and InsideFutbol. His areas of focus are Serie A, Bundesliga, Premier League, LaLiga, and Ligue 1, but he has also written about MLS and South American football in the past.

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