Leicester and Arsenal will start the weekend fixtures in the English premier league on Saturday. Where will this swing? (Photo credit: Sky...
|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 others play.
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