Preview and Prediction
The Gunners are now slowly approaching the top five. With only five games left, they are racing against the time to be able to qualify to the Europa League last spot on the fifth. There are still 6 points margin between them and their old rival, Manchester United so a win is an absolute must for Mikel Arteta’s men. This midweek they will be taking on The Foxes in Emirates Stadium. Brendan Rodger’s men have had a hard time to win since the restart despite still sitting on the third.
The teams previous matches
Arsenal finally managed to beat one of their nearby contenders, Wolverhampton in an away fixture. They trashed them 2-0. Bukayo Saka and Alexander Lacazette bagged the winning goals. This result led them to bump their position to the seventh in the standings.
Meanwhile, Leicester ended their four games without a win last week. They crushed Crystal Palace 3-0. Jamie Vardy was back on the scoresheet with his brace after the former Manchester City man, Kelechi Iheanacho scored an opener.
Mikel Arteta seems is now confident with his 3-4-3. Nicolas Pepe, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre Aubameyang will be picked for the dangerous frontmen with Bukayo Saka and Ryan Nelson as the back up. They gain support from Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos in the midfield. The missing of Callum Chambers, Mesut Ozil, Bernd Leno, Gabriel Martinelli and Pablo Mari can be covered by well so far.
Brendan Rodgers, on the other hand, usually tends to opt for 4-1-4-1 formation. Yet, he modified it to 3-4-1-2 and it worked well as it helped them end their winless run since the restart. Jamie Vardy will be accompanied by Kelechi Iheanacho. Unfortunately, some key figures will be sidelined such as Ayoze Perez, Ricardo Perreira, Ben Chilwell, James Maddison and Daniel Amartey. Demarai Gray or Harvey Barnes will be the first option to be the number 10 player taking over Ayoze Perez.
Players to watch
Pierre Aubameyang is still the key man in The Gunners attacking side. The former Dortmund man has bagged nineteen goals and provided two assists. Another notable player to watch is Dani Ceballos whose form is improving in the new formation as the midfielder centre accompanying the Swiss international Granit Xhaka. Lucas Torreira is ready to return to thr pitch and can come off the bench later.
In The Foxes’ side, Jamie Vardy is still the main scorer despite beginning to lose his pace. He has netted 21 goals and made 7 assists so far. Some other top performers to watch are the Belgian international Youri Tielemans with six goals and eight assists, the Turkish defender Caglar Soyuncu and last but not least, the goalie Kasper Schmeichel who often makes clinical save.
Arsenal vs Leicester Prediction
This is one of the most vital matches for both. Another win will for Granit Xhaka and Co will bring them even closer to top five, while for Jamie Vardy and Co could avoid them from Chelsea’s threat below them. Considering both trend, Mikel Arteta’s men are likely to seal another win here, probably with only one-goal difference.
As the stake is high, it is considered to be fairly even. The host is backed to win at 2.35 whereas The Foxes are priced to win at 3.05, whereas the odds for the draw result are at 3.50.