Hosts Leicester City take on Arsenal at the King Power Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
Leicester have emerged as one of the strongest and consistent sides in the league, with just a solitary loss in their last 12 league matches. They are currently on a 2-match win streak in the league, defeating Liverpool and Aston Villa in the previous weeks. They are coming here after suffering a 2-0 loss in midweek to Czech’s Slavia Prague, who knocked Leicester out of the Europa League competition. A victory here will see them overtake Manchester United and climb up to 2nd place in the points table provisionally.
Arsenal have been very mediocre this season, registering only a few wins betweens strings of losses. After an impressive run of 5 wins in 7 games, the Gunners have lost 3 of their last 4 league games and are currently placed 11th in the points table. They are coming here with a 3-2 victory over Portuguese-side Benfica in the Europa League on Thursday. A win here will potentially take them up to 8th place in the table.
Arsenal holds a clear advantage record in head-to-head encounters, having won 67 matches out of the 145 games played. Leicester have registered 33 wins, and the remaining 45 games were drawn. However, Leicester have won 3 of the last 5 games against Arsenal, winning 2 matches at home and 1 away.
The previous meeting between the two teams took place in October last year and ended in a 1-0 away victory for Leicester. A late goal by striker J Vardy sealed the game for the Foxes.
Leicester City have won 4 of their last 6 Premier League matches against Arsenal (D1, L1), one more than in their previous 36 top-division league matches against them (D10, L23).
Leicester City have won 6 of their 7 Premier League games immediately following a European fixture this season (L1), while Arsenal have lost 6 of their 7 such games (W1).
Arsenal have lost their last 3 away Premier League matches against Leicester, receiving more number of red cards (2) than goals scored (1) in these 3 games.
Leicester’s J Maddison (8) and H Barnes (9) have been enjoying their best goal-scoring season for Leicester in the Premier League. Between them, they’ve been involved in 19 of Leicester’s last 26 Premier League goals.
- Match: Leicester City vs. Arsenal
- Venue: King Power Stadium, Leicester
- Date & Time: Feb. 28, 2021, at 5:30 PM IST
- Injured: D Praet, W Fofana, W Morgan, A Perez, J Maddison, J Justin
- Doubtful: None
- Suspended: None
- Injured: None
- Doubtful: R Holding
- Unavailable: None
Predicted Starting XI
Leicester City (4-2-3-1)
K Schmeichel (GK); R Pereira, J Evans, C Soyuncu, T Castagne; Y Tielemans, W Ndidi; M Albrighton, J Maddison, H Barnes; J Vardy
B Leno (GK); K Tierney, Gabriel, D Luiz, H Bellerin; G Xhaka, T Partey; E Smith-Rowe, B Saka, M Odegaard; P-Emerick Aubameyang
- Leicester City form guide: L-W-D-W-W
- Arsenal form guide: W-L-D-W-L
Arsenal will enter the match off the back of a positive result in Europe, but their recent league form is far from ideal. Leicester would have fancied their chances of advancing to the round of 16 before they crashed out. However, they have been in strong form in the league.
Both sides like playing quick-paced, attacking football, so expect an entertaining and exciting contest at the King Power Stadium with the home side taking all three points.
Howzat Dream Team
- Goalkeeper: K Schmeichel
- Defenders: R Pereira, C Soyuncu, T Castagne, K Tierney
- Midfielders: H Barnes, M Albrighton, E Smith Rowe, T Partey
- Forwards: J Vardy, P Aubameyang
- Captain: J Vardy/H Barnes
- Vice Captain: R Pereira/K Schmeichel
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