|Leicester and Arsenal will start the weekend fixtures in the English premier league on Saturday. Where will this swing? (Photo credit: Sky Sports)
Leicester City vs ArsenalKing Power Stadium12:30pm
Arsenal yet again are involved in the early kickoff game in the premier league and they play a team that also advanced to the quarter finals of the Carabao Cup albeit via penalties and by the time the kickoff whistle would go off at the King Power on Saturday, both sides would have learned their opponents.
Arsenal brushed aside a Leeds United team that came on
almost full bars, adding credence to the improvements at Arsenal following a
difficult start to the new season, the cracks are still very much there but
there are signs of progress.
Leicester City have won successive games, including the 4-2
over Manchester United and that has helped them to sweep aside their early
season struggles, they sit one place above Arsenal in the top 10 and that
counts for something as anyone that wins this will fly into the top 6 before
Leicester beat Brentford last weekend, a result that will
reverberate around for a while considering how difficult the Bees are, beating
Arsenal and forcing Liverpool to a 3-3 draw. It was also a game that saw the
resurgence of James Madison who has had a poor start to the season.
Arsenal beat Aston Villa last weekend, not many expected
such performance from the Gunners considering how they collapsed at home to
Crystal Palace before a late Alexander Lacazette strike rescued a point.
The 3-1 win proved Arsenal aren’t a spent force and they can
compete on their day. Leicester will have an eye on Europe when they play
Arsenal with the visit of Spartak Moscow on Thursday very key to their season
as only a win will suffice in that game too.
Arsenal have been boosted with the news that Ben White will
be available for selection after the England center back limped off with a bug
in the midweek win over Leeds United; Rob Holding will not be available as well
as long term absentee Granit Xhaka.
Jamie Vardy was sighted in training on Thursday, he has a
chance to feature but Wilfred Ndidi will miss out due to a hamstring problem.
Arsenal won the last encounter between these two on this
ground 3-1 last season, while the Gunners edge historical head to head,
Leicester have finished above the Gunners in the last two seasons and they will
want to go one better than last season.
All eyes will be on Patson Daka, the Zambian is beginning to
show why Leicester signed him from Red Bull Salzurg. Kelechi Iheanacho is
another player with promise while Boubacar Soumare continues to pull strings
from the midfield.
Verdict: Both teams to score