Arsenal will resume their league campaign this Tuesday as they welcome Jami Vardy and co. to the Emirates.
The Gunners, back from an impressive showing against Wolves will be looking to extend their winning run to five games in all competition.
Their last win which saw them become the first team to score against Wolves since after the restart also propelled them up the table and boosted their chances of at least Europa League qualification for the coming season.
Leicester City are back to winning ways after brushing aside Crystal Palace in their last outing. The match which saw them pick of their first post-lock down win also saw Jamie Vardy end his wait for his 100th league goal.
Brendan Rodgers side remains in contention for a top-three finish but they will know that any further slip-ups will cost them dearly as the teams below them continue to gather points at a fast rate.
Nicolas Pepe who sat out their last outing due to family reasons should return to the starting eleven for this tie. However, Bukayo Saka remains an able deputy should the Ivorian miss out again.
Meanwhile, as many as five players remain missing for Mikel Arteta with Mesut Ozil (back), Gabriel Martinelli (knee), Bernd Leno (knee), Pablo Mari (ankle) and Calum Chambers all missing.
Brendan Rodgers meanwhile has Ricardo Perreira (knee) and Daniel Amartey (ankle) as injury absentees.
Head to Head
Jamie Vardy and the Foxes have been particularly fond of the Gunners in recent times with their last two meetings ending with the Foxes scoring four and conceding none. However, the last five meetings between both teams have featured three wins for Leicester and two wins for Arsenal.
Arsenal‘s last five competitive games: WWWWL
Leicester City‘s last five competitive games: WLLDD
Arsenal for the first time in a long while heads into this tie as favorites based on their recent form. Since their 2:1 loss to Brighton in their second game after the restart, the Gunners have gone from strength to strength beating Sheffield United to book a place in the FA cup semi-final.
In fact, they have not conceded a league goal since the aforementioned loss and in beating Wolves last time out, they became the first side to score or keep a clean sheet against them since after the restart. They have been that impressive and organized.
Mikel Arteta’s boys have not lost at home in six PL games and in that period they played two teams in the top ten of the league table.
Leicester meanwhile have been on a poor run of form since after the restart. Their last win was their first win since after the restart and also was just their second clean sheets in five games.
Overall, the Foxes have been better in the second period, with 18 wins only bettered by Man City and Liverpool in the league. They have also scored 41 times in the second half—with only Pep Guardiola’s side scoring more than they have.
Away from home, they have seven wins (D3, L6) in 16 games, making them one of the best sides on the road this season.
Both teams have scored in over 50% of the 33 games they have played this season with nine of those games coming in 16 away games. Meanwhile, they have failed to score in only seven games so far this season with three coming on their road travels.
It is safe to expect a high scoring encounter in this tie as games involving both teams this term have featured over 3.5 goals—36% Arsenal, 27% Leicester City.
Over 3.5 Goals @ 2/1
Both teams to score/Yes @ 8/13
Draw first half/Leicester to win second half @ 13/2