Arsenal vs Leicester City preview

February 9, 2015
By: Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal vs BesiktasAfter the defeat in North London derby ended their winning run and hurt club’s Champions League hopes, Arsenal will be hoping for a morale-boosting win when they host Leicester City in midweek.

The Foxes remained at Premiership rock bottom as they lost to Crystal Palace, and they will have to work hard if they want to avoid fourth straight loss.

Just as it appeared that Arsenal were back on track with three straight wins, the Gunners went and lost the North London derby to Tottenham Hotspur, meaning they are back to square one.

Arsene Wenger’s charges did take the lead through Mesut Ozil, but they were on the back foot for most of the game and deservedly lost to their bitter rivals.

As a result, Arsenal slipped to sixth in the overall standings, but the good news is they are mere two points behind Champions League positions.

Bottom-placed Leicester City is probably the perfect opposition for the Gunners at the moment, so no wonder home win pays just 1.30 (3/10).

Arsene Wenger has hinted that Alexis Sanchez could start after missing the last two matches through injury and the Chilean is 2.05 (21/20) to mark his return with a goal.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has failed to recover in time, whilst Jack Wilshere, Mathieu Debuchy, Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby are unavailable as well.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Ospina – Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal – Ramsey, Coquelin – Sanchez, Ozil, Welbeck – Giroud.

Almost two thirds into the Premier League campaign, Leicester City sit at rock bottom, four points clear of safety, and the alarm bells are definitely on at King Power Stadium.

The Foxes have now lost three games in a row, with home losses to Stoke and Crystal Palace likely to prove very costly.

Manager Nigel Pearson appears to be losing the plot, as witnessed by the James McArthur incident, but he remains in the dugout, at least for the time being.

Oddly enough, the Foxes have done pretty well on the road of late, defeating Hull City and Spurs (FA Cup) while sharing spoils with Liverpool before losing to Man Utd, and those results can give them some reason for optimism.

Manager Nigel Pearson has no fresh injury worries at the moment, but Kasper Schmeichel and Chris Wood remain sidelined.

Probable starting line-up (4-4-2): Schwarzer – Simpson, Morgan, Wasilewski, Konchesky – Mahrez, James, Cambiasso, Schlupp – Ulloa, Nugent.

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