Kick-off: Sunday, February 14, 12:00 GMT
Venue: Emirates Stadium (London)
Head to head record
Leicester vs Arsenal 2-5 (2015/16 Premier League)
Arsenal vs Leicester 2-1 (2014/15 Premier League)
Leicester vs Arsenal 1-1 (2014/15 Premier League)
Arsenal vs Leicester 2-1 (2003/04 Premier League)
Leicester vs Arsenal 1-1 (2003/04 Premier League)
Arsenal vs Leicester City prediction
Arsenal will be looking to keep their title hopes alive with a win over league leaders Leicester City. There will be fireworks when the two sides take on each other at Emirates Stadium and it remains to be seen if the Gunners are capable of melting Leicester’s advantage in the Premier League standings to two points.
Thanks to a 2-0 victory at Bournemouth Arsenal managed to put an end to their four-match winless run in the Premier League. The Gunners did well to overtake Manchester City in the standings, but they are still five points behind league leaders Leicester City. Arsene Wenger’s troops welcome Foxes at their Emirates Stadium on Sunday and they will not have a better chance than this to melt Leicester’s advantage to two points. Arsenal failed to score in previous two home games against Chelsea and Southampton, but seeing that the capital club produced a promising display in the Vitality Stadium clash at the weekend, there is every chance the hosts will find the net in Sunday’s high-profile encounter. Mesut Ozil rediscovered his scoring touch in the 2-0 win over Cherries and the Germany international will be the man to watch in the home team. You should have in mind that the Gunners are eyeing their eighth home win of the season.
The likes of Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere remain in the recovery room, whilst attacker Danny Welbeck is closing in on a return.
Dream turning into reality
Leicester City were producing terrific performances in the first half of the season, but everybody expected that the team would start to struggle in 2016. Nonetheless, the Foxes have already proved the doubters wrong as they are leading the chase for the Premier League trophy, five points clear of North London clubs Tottenham and Arsenal, with Champions League qualification already in the bag. Claudio Ranieri’s men completely outplayed star-studded Manchester City at Etihad Stadium at the weekend and the King Power Stadium outfit will be looking to extend their winning run in the league to four matches when they square off against Arsenal in London on Sunday. Both Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez are enjoying a season to remember and the duo is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Leicester City have suffered no more than one defeat on the road in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign and that is giving the fans a reason for optimism ahead of the trip to London.
Jeffrey Schlupp has yet to overcome his injury, whilst Matthew James misses the match due to the lack of match fitness. Claudio Ranieri is likely to field the same starting XI that faced Man City at the weekend.
- Arsenal managed to keep a clean sheet in four of their last five matches
- Gunners failed to score in previous two home games
- Arsene Wenger’s men scored seven goals in last two meetings with Leicester
- Leicester recorded their last win at Arsenal back in 1973
- Foxes have suffered only one loss on the road this season
Arsenal vs Leicester City betting pick
Both Arsenal and Leicester are eager to win the Premier League trophy and, no doubt, both sides will go for a win in Sunday’s derby. The Gunners have been producing fine performances at home ground this season and seeing that the Foxes have been scoring goals for fun on the road in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign, a high-scoring affair appears on the cards. Arsenal demolished Leicester 5-2 in the reverse fixture and I believe that both teams to score bet should be considered this time out.
Pick: Both teams to score