Kick off: Saturday, August 20, 5:30 PM GMT
Venue: King Power Stadium (Leicester)
Head to head record
Arsenal vs Leicester 2-1 (2015/2016 Premier League)
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 City vs Arsenal prediction
Following a heart-breaking 4-3 loss to Liverpool in the opening match of the season, Arsenal will be looking to give fans some cheer when they square off against Leicester City at King Power Stadium on Matchday 2.
Miracles do not happen every season
Leicester City did remarkably well to win the 2015/2016 Premier League trophy, with the team leaving behind them the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Manchester United. Despite the fact that Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy did not leave the club in the summer transfer window, the Foxes are unlikely to defend the trophy as aforementioned Premier League giants reinforced their squads. Claudio Ranieri’s men suffered a 2-1 loss to Hull City in the opening match of the season, meaning that they are desperate to grab something from Saturday’s game against Arsenal. Leicester City were impressive at their King Power Stadium last season, but beating the Gunners is easier said than done. However, given that Arsene Wenger’s troops experienced all sorts of problems at the back in the 4-3 loss to Liverpool, I would not be surprised if the Foxes find the net in Saturday’s showdown.
Coach Claudio Ranieri has no fresh injury worries ahead of the visit of Arsenal and he is likely to field the best possible side against Arsene Wenger’s charges. Shinji Okazaki is pushing for a start after he came as a substitute in the 2-1 loss to Hull City, while Roberth Huth returns from suspension.
Difficulties at the back
Arsene Wenger could not count on key defenders Mertesacker and Koscielny for the Premier League opener against Liverpool, and, as a result, the Gunners conceded four goals in the defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s team (3-4), but the good news is that summer signing Mustafi is likely to make his debut against Leicester City. Arsenal did not make too many changes to the squad in the summer transfer window and seeing that fellow contenders for the Premier League trophy reinforced their squads, I would not be surprised if the Gunners fail to finish the season in top 4. Alexis Sanchez is still part of the team and all eyes will be on the Chilean superstar when Arsenal and Leicester City take on King Power Stadium on Saturday. Arsene Wenger’s men are likely to find the net against Leicester, but preventing Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez from scoring is easier said than done.
The likes of Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud are all rated doubtful and they will be assessed on the match day. The likes of Alex Iwobi and Aaaron Ramsey are both sidelined with injury.
- Leicester City are on a four-game losing run ahead of the visit of Arsenal
- Both teams scored in each of last seven meetings between Leicester and Arsenal
- Gunners are after their fourth consecutive win over Foxes
- Arsenal are undefeated in last five away games in the Premier League
- Leicester suffered their last defeat at home in the EPL to Arsenal
Leicester City vs Arsenal betting pick
Both Leicester City and Arsenal are likely to go for a win in Saturday’s clash and there is every chance we will see a lively contest at King Power Stadium. The Gunners struggle at the back and given their attacking potential, both teams to score bet appears on the cards. In their last meeting at King Power Stadium Arsenal hammered Leicester City 5-2.
Pick: Both teams to score