Arsenal hosts Leicester City this Saturday in what promises to be one very interesting and attractive matchup. The Gunners are flying high for the moment after an excellent preseason period and a win in the season opener. On the other hand, Leicester is solid, and despite them failing to win last weekend, the Foxes are coming to London with an ambition to take all three points. We’ve often seen fierce meetings between these two sides in the past and expect the same on Saturday afternoon at Emirates Stadium.
Besides this one, we have a preview of the derby between Chelsea and Tottenham.
Arsenal (-205) defeated Crystal Palace at Selhurst with 0-2. It was a good game for the Gunners, who used their chances to strike and score and defended well throughout the remaining part of the event. This was yet another victory for Arteta’s unit, and one more in which they haven’t allowed a goal, the fourth since the beginning of the preseason.
Gabriel Jesus didn’t score a goal, but the Brazilian created enough space for other players, and he was always there to pull at least two players on him. There were moments when Palace dominated, but overall, the Gunners were good.
Arsenal scored two or more goals once again, continuing their fantastic offensive performances, which saw them netting multiple goals in all of their official preseason events.
Leicester City (+600) was demolishing Brentford in the first half, but in the end, got just one point. The result of this event was 2-2, with the Foxes being up 2-0 at one point. Yet, the guests pushed hard in the finish, leveling the score and even netting a third hit, which was later canceled.
After three wins during the preseason period, the Foxes got only a draw here, but even though many believe that it is a failure for the former champions, it really isn’t.
This unit has been together for quite some time, and certain players who arrived last year, like Patson Daka, should explode during this campaign. Leicester has several top players, like James Maddison, Wesley Fofana, or Harvey Barnes, and if things go well for them, they should be in the upper part of the standings battling for the
The Gunners should have all of their players ready for this game. Smith-Rowe should be in the protocol while Vieira, Tierney and Tomiyasu recovered from their issues.
Ricardo Pereira s the only player out as he tore his Achilles last weekend, and we won’t see him on the pitch for quite a while.
Head to Head Games
Arsenal won in both of the last year’s head-to-head meetings against Leicester. The result was identical in both events, 2-0. It is interesting that in four of the past five encounters, just one side scored.
Arsenal is better than Leicester at the moment, and we would bet on the hosts’ win in this case. We aren’t underestimating the Foxes; it is only that we believe the Gunners are in better form and have more quality options on both ends of the field. The odds on the home unit’s victory are set at -205.
Pick: Arsenal wins -205
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