Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Prediction: Leicester vs Arsenal

Verdict: Arsenal win

Best Odds: 8/11

Bookmaker: Unibet

Hoping to extend their stay at the top of the Premier League table this weekend, Arsenal will make the trip to Leicester on Saturday afternoon.

Leicester

Starting with the hosts, while Leicester might have opened February in the midst of a stellar purple patch, the Foxes certainly came crashing back down to earth last weekend. Putting in a downbeat display away at Old Trafford as they slumped to a 3-0 drumming at the hands of Manchester United, Brendan Rodgers is calling on his side to find some much-needed stability. However, while the one-time Liverpool boss might have seen his side stun many as they claimed a 4-1 romp against Tottenham on February 11th, Leicester are still firmly looking over their shoulder at the drop zone. With many around the King Power fearing that their side could be dragged into a relegation scrap, Saturday’s hosts have shown some extended struggles at the back. In fact, Rodgers’ squad have failed to muster a single Premier League clean sheet from their previous eight attempts. With that run stemming all the way back to November 12th, the Foxes should face another tough test here.

Team News

Both having to settle for a spot in last weekend’s 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford, Leicester could hand both Youri Tielemans and Boubakary Soumare a full return on Saturday afternoon.

However, still dealing with long-term injury issues, Rodgers will once again be without the trio of James Justin. Johnny Evans and Ryan Bertrand here.

Arsenal

As for the visitors, managing to make a stunning return to winning ways last weekend as they eventually claimed a 4-2 victory away at Aston Villa, Arsenal will be desperate to keep up that momentum here. Watching Manchester City drop a pair of costly points away at Nottingham Forest, Mikel Arteta’s side have also found a route back to the top of the Premier League table. With the Gunners enjoying what has been a famous campaign in north London, the English heavyweights could be smelling a chance here. Appearing to have bounced back from their struggles when opening February, Arteta’s youngsters should be boosted by an eye-catching record against the potential relegation scrappers. Claiming an action-packed 4-2 win when they welcome Leicester to the Emirates back on August 13th, Arsenal have won each of their last four Premier League meetings against Saturday’s hosts – a run that stems back to October 2020.

Team News

Despite picking up a knock in last weekend’s 4-2 victory away at Aston Villa, England international Bukayo Saka has been given the all-clear to feature on Saturday afternoon. Eddie Nketiah will once again lead Arsenal’s charge.

However. Arteta will once again be unable to call upon the duo of Thomas Party and Gabriel Jesus when they make the trip to Leicester this weekend.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides last met back on August 13th, Arsenal picked up an action-packed 4-2 win at the Emirates.
    • Likewise, the Gunners have won each of their previous four meetings against Leicester by an aggregate score of 11-3.
    • Leicester have failed to record a single clean sheet in any of their previous eight Premier League matchups.
    • The Foxes have recorded just a single Premier League win at the King Power since opening 2023.
    • Arsenal claimed a 2-0 victory when they last made the trip to the King Power back in October 2021.

    Conclusion

    With Leicester crashing back down to earth last weekend following a 3-0 drumming at the hands of Manchester United, the Foxes should face another heavyweight challenge here. Watching Arsenal make a much-welcomed return to winning ways thanks to a last-gasp 4-2 victory away at Aston Villa, the Gunners will be desperate to lay down another title marker on Saturday afternoon. Likewise, claiming a 4-2 win when they welcomed Leicester to north London back in August, Arteta’s side hold a stellar record against the relegation outsiders. Winning each of their last four top-flight meetings by an aggregate score of 11-3, we’re backing an away victory this weekend.

    Verdict: Arsenal win

    Best Odds: 8/11

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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