Kick-off: 2015, 07/07/2020
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Arsenal know they cannot afford any slip-ups if they are to keep alive their slim chances of qualifying for next season’s Premier League.
The Gunners are playing catch-up but can gain ground on at least one of the teams above them when third-placed Leicester visit the Emirates Stadium.
Mikel Arteta’s men are in fine form after three straight wins and are fancied to extend that run with a home win at 5/4 our opening Arsenal vs Leicester prediction.
A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds
Arsenal have scored eight goals without reply in their last three games and are on track to be the top team in north London, while they are currently on course for a European place.
Which competition they will be in will look a lot clearer after their next three matches against Champions League hopefuls Leicester, derby rivals Tottenham and title winners Liverpool.
Manager Mikel Arteta is in no doubt about the size of the task in hand if they are to return to Europe’s elite.
“We’ve got some momentum getting into a crucial stage of the season where we are going to face the top teams in the next two weeks,” he said.
“We have to try to prepare as well as we can. We know how important these games are for the future of the season, so we are very focused and committed to doing as well as we can.
“I think we have to win every game, and then wait and pray. We need to go game by game. Two weeks ago we were really far from thinking about Europe, now we are a little bit closer. We’ll go game by game and see where it takes us.”
Arsenal’s need for a win plus the attacking talent in Leicester’s team mean this could be an open contest and over 2.5 goals at 18/25 appeals in the Arsenal vs Leicester odds.
Last Arsenal line-up: Martinez, Tierney, Soares, Mustafi, Luiz, Kolasinac, Ceballos, Xhaka, Aubameyang, Nketiah, Saka.
A Look At Leicester City’s Betting Odds
Leicester looked certain to secure a return to the Champions League during lockdown but they now face a nervous end to the season.
The Foxes dropped points against Watford and Brighton when the season resumed and then lost at Everton before they finally returned to winning ways with a 3-0 victory against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
They are without a win on their travels since New Year’s Day though and Brendan Rodgers knows his side face a tough test, having been impressed by the job Arteta has done since he replaced Unai Emery in November.
“Mikel has done very well, he has gone into a club with huge expectation which he knows,” said Rodgers. “He has gone in on his first job and how he has dealt with it has been outstanding.
“You can see the style and it’s not an easy style to implement, especially at a club wanting to challenge straight away.
“They are very well organised, look to play how Arsenal supporters want them to play and he has made some really good steps. They’re on the back of three good results and we’ll look forward to the challenge.”
Jamie Vardy is the Premier League’s top scorer though and six of Leicester’s last nine away games have featured goals at both ends.
With that in mind, we like the look of bwin’s price boost of 13/4 for a home win and both teams to score as our final Arsenal vs Leicester prediction.
Last Leicester line-up: Schmeichel, Justin, Chilwell, Soyuncu, Evans, Tielemans, Albrighton, Ndidi, Vardy, Iheanacho, Perez.
Last Premier League result:
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LEICESTER 3-0 Crystal Palace – Kelechi Iheanacho, Jamie Vardy (2)
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