Deep in the midst of what is one of the Premier League’s most bizarre cases of managerial dismissal, Leicester City’s hokey-cokey boss Nigel Pearson takes his troops to Arsenal where they will surely receive an almighty pounding.
Or will they?
The hosts’ microscopically short price of 29/100 suggests that come the close of proceedings Pearson will wish the Foxes’ chief decision maker, Mr Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha (sworn enemy of the British Foundation for People Who Struggle With Pronunciation and Spelling) hadn’t give him his job back on Sunday night.
But despite their foul form of late, the east Midlanders have managed to pull a few surprise results in from left field in recent weeks so the 27/10 about them avoiding defeat at the Emirates isn’t out of the question.
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It’s an eventuality that is difficult to envisage, but few would’ve foreseen the Foxes’ 2-2 draw at Liverpool on New Year’s Day, nor their 2-1 win at Tottenham in the FA Cup third round either.
The corresponding collision back in August saw the spoils shared in a 1-1 stalemate at the King Power Stadium, which confirms the basement-bound travellers are capable of matching Arsenal.
An examination of the Gunners’ results this term provides further support to those warming to the notion that Leicester won’t be slain on this testing sojourn.
Draws with inferior adversaries Hull and Anderlecht are the most obvious cases, though a scraped 2-1 win over hapless QPR offers a subtler insight into how Arsene Wenger’s are far from imperious at home.