Unbeaten Leicester City will be battling it out with Arsenal at home at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, September 26 in an attractive English Premier League showdown. Leicester finished last season as one of the hottest teams in the league to avoid relegation to the Championship League and have started the 2015/15 campaign right where they left off. They enter the game in fourth place with three wins and three draws for 12 points. They’ve scored 13 goals and allowed nine against. Arsenal sits two points and one position behind them in fifth spot with three wins, a draw and two defeats. The Gunners have scored just five times and have also allowed five against.
Leicester City vs Arsenal
- bet365 currently lists Arsenal as the favorites at 5/6 with Leicester 3/1 and a draw at 11/4
HEAD TO HEAD:
- Arsenal has scored at least one goal in 17 of their least 18 meetings with Leicester. Arsenal hasn’t lost to Leicester since the 1994/95 season, which was Leicester’s first campaign in the Premier League. Since then, Arsenal has 11 wins, six draws and the lone defeat. Leicester has 34 points in their past 15 league games on 10 wins, four draws and just one loss. It took the team 48 games to reach 34 points before the hot streak started on six wins, 16 draws and 26 losses. Arsenal beat Leicester 2-1 at home last season while the teams played to a 1-1 draw in Leicester. Overall, these teams have met 133 times in the past with Arsenal winning 61, losing 28 and drawing the other 44.
Arsenal self destructed last week in their 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge to Chelsea in their London derby. The gunners finished the match with just nine men as Santi Cazorla and Gabriel Paulista were both sent off the pitch with red cards. The Gunners bounced back on Wednesday though as they played another London derby in the English League Cup (Capital One Cup). They won this one 2-1 over fellow Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur on the road at White Hart Lane. Arsenal has won two and lost one on the road this season with three goals scored and three conceded.
Leicester drew Stoke City 2-2 on the road last week and the downed fellow Premier League side West Ham United in the third round of the League Cup on Tuesday at home. They’ve come from behind several times this season to earn points and maintain their unbeaten streak. They’ll be facing an Arsenal squad that will be without English international striker Danny Welbeck and English international midfielder Jack Wilshere who are both sidelined with long-term injuries. It’s also believed midfielder Francis Coquelin is doubtful. However, Paulista’s red card was overturned during an appeal and he’ll be eligible to play and Cazorla served his one-game suspension against Tottenham in the League Cup. It looks like Nathan Dyer and Matthew James may miss the match for Leicester because of injuries.
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By Ian Palmer