Leicester City vs Arsenal Preview: Team News, Predicted Lineups And Key Stats + Other Fixtures

Leicester City will be looking to continue their fine start to the season when they welcome Arsenal to the King Power Stadium on Saturday. 
Leicester City vs Arsenal
  English Premier League
  Date: Saturday, 9 November 2019
  Kick-off: 18:30 WAT
  Venue: King Power Stadium.

Brendan Rodgers’ side are currently third in the Premier League and would jump up to second with a win, as Manchester City host Liverpool on Sunday.

While things are positive in Leicester, Arsenal are struggling to find their identity under Unai Emery and some fans are already calling for the Spaniard to leave.

Despite sitting fifth, the Gunners are without a win in their past three Premier League games and sit six points behind Chelsea in the race for fourth. 

TEAM NEWS:

Leicester City's only injury concern is the unfortunate Matt James, who once again has a long-term problem. The Foxes could be unchanged from the win at Crystal Palace. 

Arsenal - Dani Ceballos picked up an injury in the Europa League draw with Vitoria in mid-week. After being stripped of the Arsenal captaincy, Granit Xhaka could miss out this weekend too. Mesut Ozil returned last weekend and impressed, after much clamour from Gunners fans for him to be back involved. 

TEAM FORM:

Leicester have won their last four consecutive matches – three in the English Premier League and at Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup. Jamie Vardy and Ayoze Perez both hit hat-tricks in the record-breaking 9-0 win away to Southampton prior to that game, while Vardy and Caglar Soyuncu were the goalscorers as the Foxes beat Crystal Palace 2-0 last weekend. 

Arsenal - Vitoria’s late equaliser in the Europa League clash on Wednesday night was Arsenal’s fourth consecutive draw – a run which includes the crazy 5-5 draw in the Carabao Cup with Liverpool, which the Gunners lost on penalties. In the league, they failed to hold on to a 2-0 lead handed to them by Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz as they drew with Crystal Palace, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal was cancelled out by Raul Jimenez last weekend.


PREDICTED LINEUPS:

Leicester City (4-2-3-1): Kasper Schmeichel; Ricardo Pereira, Jonny Evans, Caglar Soyuncu, Ben Chilwell; Wilfried Ndidi, Youri Tielemans; Ayoze Perez, James Maddison, Harvey Barnes; Jamie Vardy. 

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Bernd Leno; Calum Chambers, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, David Luiz, Kieran Tierney; Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi; Nicholas Pepe, Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang; Alexandre Lacazette.

KEY STATS:

  • Arsenal actually beat Leicester twice during their title-winning season, as part of Leicester’s 13-game winless streak in this fixture.
  • They have beaten them twice in their last three games, however, including a 3-0 win when they last met at the King Power Stadium.
  • Arsenal had won the first meeting, at the Emirates, 3-1 – coming from behind after Hector Bellerin’s own goal. Mesut Ozil equalised and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice in the second-half.
  • At Leicester, however, Youri Tielemans opened the scoring before Jamie Vardy’s late double fired the Foxes to victory.

PREDICTION:

Leicester City 1-3 Arsenal —   No doubt, Leicester have been in stunning form this season – with the joint-best defensive record and the second-best goalscoring stats in the English Premier League so far.  However, one cannot rule out the threat offered by Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. Couple this with Leicester’s inability to keep clean sheets against quality attack, we can expect a a win from Gunners. 

OTHER FIXTURES FOR TODAY FROM TOP EUROPEAN LEAGUES:

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE:

13:30  —   Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

16:00  —   Burnley vs West Ham United

16:00  —    Newcastle United vs AFC Bournemouth

16:00  —    Southampton vs Everton
 
16:00  —    Tottenham Hotspur  vs Sheffield United

18:30  —    Leicester City vs Arsenal


SPANISH LA LIGA:

13:00  —     Deportivo Alaves vs Real Valladolid

16:00  —     Valencia vs Granada

18:30  —     Eibar vs Real Madrid

21:00  —     Barcelona  vs Celta Vigo 


SERIE A:

15:00  —  Brescia vs Torino

18:00  —   Inter vs Verona

20:45  —   Napoli vs Genoa


BUNDESLIGA:

15:30  —    Mainz 05  vs 1. FC Union Berlin

15:30  —    Schalke 04 vs Fortuna Düsseldorf

15:30  —   Hertha BSC vs RasenBallsport Leipzig

15:30  —    SC Paderborn 07  vs Augsburg

18:30  —    FC Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund 


LIGUE 1:

17:30  —     Brest vs Paris Saint-Germain

20:00  —     Monaco vs Dijon

20:00 —    Lille  vs Metz

20:00  —   Strasbourg vs Nimes

20:00 —     Reims vs Angers.



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