Leicester vs Arsenal Preview | Team News & Key Players

Leicester vs Arsenal Preview | Team News & Key Players

Leicester City are solidly in midtable and don’t have a whole lot left to play for this season as, barring a reasonably significant swing in goal difference, they cannot finish any lower than 10th.  Their recent performances have looked like a team with nothing to play for.  Leicester are winless in their last five matches, losing four and drawing one, while only scoring two goals.  That said, the Foxes could be keen to get some revenge on Arsenal after the Gunners late winner against them on the opening day.

Arsenal had a decisive 5-0 win over Burnley in Arsene Wenger’s last home match, but now they go back on the road where they have had some serious problems.  Arsenal have yet to get a point away from home in 2018.  Their away form is the reason that the Gunners have fallen out of the top four race.  They’ll hope they can turn their away form around and send Arsene Wenger out with a few wins.

Team News

Leicester will be without a bunch of players as the season ends.  Alexsander Dragovic, Robert Huth, Ben Chilwell, Wilfried N’didi, Daniel Amartey, Kasper Schmeichel, and Shinji Okazaki will all miss out, while Danny Simpson’s fitness will be decided closer to the match, according to Physioroom.com.

Laurent Koscielny, Mohammed Elneny, and Santi Cazorla will all miss out for Arsenal, according to Physioroom.com, while Mesut Ozil is also likely to miss out with a back injury, according to Ben Dinnery.

Key Players

Leicester: Jamie Vardy

He may not be getting the headlines he did in the title-winning season, but Vardy has put together another very good season with 13 non-penalty goals and 17 total goals in the Premier League this season.  The English striker has show he is still just as dangerous as he was two years ago and can still threaten defences with his pace and movement.  Arsenal’s defence has been a mess all season, so Vardy will be looking to exploit their frailties and get up to 20 Premier League goals by the end of the season.

Arsenal: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsenal have had a pretty bad season, but one bright spot is that they brought in Aubameyang in January.  He has been fantastic since he arrived at the Emirates, with eight goals and four assists in 11 Premier League appearances.  He has contributed to 1.2 goals per 90 minutes since joining and will be looking to extend that run with a goal or two against a Leicester team that has been playing like they are already on the beach.

Prediction

Leicester may be in a terrible run of form, but Arsenal have been truly atrocious away from home.  It’s a very stoppable force against an easily movable object, so the home team is a good bet in a toss up match like this.

Prediction: 4-3 Leicester City