Leicester v Arsenal – Betting Preview
Leicester City has been extremely inconsistent of late but the momentum curve is an upward one. Remembering that they were rock bottom towards the end of the calendar year, they are improving nicely.
After big wins against rivals Aston Villa and then Tottenham who were chasing 4th spot at the time, they were brought back down to earth by Manchester United at old Trafford last weekend.
It has been a very poor season for the most part, though with new signings settled and James Maddison now back fit, the expectations are they continue to move up the table in the second half of the season.
Brendan Rodger’s side is still dangerously close to a competitive relegation fight and so will aim for the win here, although a draw is a decent result and enables them to build on the momentum.
Team news-wise and it is all good news for the boss, with only Soumare a slight concern which played last time out.
Centre back Evans is back in training but is not expected to make his way back into the side.
Tete will begin on the right side and Vardy awaits from the subs bench, with Iheanacho getting the nod in a strong looking front four.
With Manchester City dropping points in Nottingham last weekend, this on the same day they had won an epic 2-4 against Aston Villa, suddenly the league title is back in their hands.
This was much needed after the massive setback when losing at home to Manchester City the previous week.
With a run of three games without victory including two losses, it had felt like the end of their title push before last weekend. But their win combined with City dropping two points has brought the positive mood back to the Emirates.
The North Londoners will travel to Leicester seeking to win and make sure they stay top for another week.
Arsenal are two points clear at the top of the EPL and with one game in hands of City.
Team news wise, there is little change for manager Arteta.
There is some small hope that the crucial midfield figure of Thomas Partey can recover in time to begin. If not then Jorginho continues. The dynamic African player is given a slightly less than 50% chance of returning.
The only other important absence is Gabriel Jesus, but he is also nearing a return.
Looking at the 1×2 market first. Arsenal is the favourites @ 1.71 which looks a little short considering the host positive form. That said, I’d be surprised if they didn’t beat a team which cannot defend well tested.
The draw is @ 3.75 and Leicester is @ 4.50.
Moving onto the Asian handicap betting for this contest. Leicester +0.75 will be happier with the point, and they have the draw onside with this handicap @ 1.93.
Arsenal -0.75 needs to win and will take any kind of victory here, but need a two goal margin of victory to collect in full @ 1.89.
Looking at The Under/Over goal line last of all. The host are dangerous in attack and certain to give Arsenal plenty of chances the other end, so the line being set at 2.75 looks right.
Over is @ 1.81 and Under @ 2.01.