Leicester v Arsenal – Premier League Betting Preview and Prediction
The Foxes will host Emery and his men this Saturday, November 9 at King Power Stadium in what promises to be an exciting fixture featuring two of the top five teams of the 2019/20 season. Historically the two teams produce high scoring bouts with at least three goals on display in their last four meetings. But will that be the case here and will the high-flying Leicester manage to add their third consecutive home win against Arsenal?
High-flying Leicester reminding everyone of 2015/16 season
Leicester might be eight points short of reaching Liverpool at the top of the league, but their performance so far (7-2-2) earned them 23 points, which is one point more than they had at the same stage in their 2015/16 title-winning season. The Foxes will enter the Saturday’s bout with a streak of four consecutive wins, including a 1:3 win over Burton in the EFL. As far as their league results are concerned, Leicester are 4-0-1 in the last five, where they lost to Liverpool (2:1) and defeated Newcastle (5:0), Burnley (2:1) Southampton (0:9) and most recently Crystal Palace (0:2).
In terms of recent results, we can’t complain too much with what Leicester have shown. That said, this will be their fourth fixture against one of the “big six” teams, with the other three being a loss to Man United (1:0), win against Tottenham (2:1) and loss to Liverpool (2:1). We have seen the Foxes can defeat mid-table teams, but will they manage to do the same against Arsenal?
As far as injuries are concerned, Leicester will be without the long-term absentee Matty James who has suffered Achilles injury. Other than that, there are no new injury reports for the team.
Arsenal and Emery desperate for a win
Arsenal have not been too convincing this season, however, not everything is lost for them, as they did manage to keep themselves in the top five. With 11 league games behind them, Arsenal are holding onto a 4-5-2 record and a slightly underwhelming 1-3-1 in the last five. Looking back at their league performances, the Gunners lost to Sheffield Utd (1:0), won against Bournemouth (1:0) and drew against Man United (1:1), Crystal Palace (2:2) and most recently against Wolves (1:1).
The mediocre results have also obviously taken a toll on the players, more specifically Xhaka, who has been stripped of the captaincy following his angry exchange with the fans a couple of weeks ago. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been named as the new captain for the Gunners. Other team news include the injury of Dani Ceballos, who picked up a hamstring injury in the fixture against Vitoria.
Verdict & Prediction
Looking at these two teams, it’s easy to see Leicester are in a far better shape compared to Arsenal, which is clearly displayed on the league table, where Leicester sit two spots above Arsenal and have six-point more under their belt. Will that translate into today’s fixture, however, is a completely different story.
Arsenal might not be the sharpest team in the league at the moment, but they are a much stronger team than what their results might suggest. Gunners have a strong team and a lot of depth, which can match up nicely with any other team in the EPL. Saying that after Arsenal drew with the Guimaraes might come off as insane, but we have to point out that draw was a bit unfortunate for Arsenal. Another important thing we need to mention is that Emery used many young players in that fixture, meaning his core senior team should be rested and ready to produce something this weekend.
Arsenal are at this point put under a “do or die” situation which especially holds true for Unai Emery, who is sitting on a very hot seat. The board will demand results from Arsenal ASAP and with more than a handful of questionable performances behind Arsenal, losing against Leicester clash just might be the final straw for the Spanish coach.
Expect Arsenal to perform up to par, and while Leicester are playing very well under Brendan Rodgers, we can’t ignore the odds offered on Arsenal here.
Prediction: Arsenal +0.50 Asian Handicap
Odds: 1.95 SBOBET