Leicester City vs Arsenal Preview

September 22, 2020
By: Daniel Orme

Arguably the clash of the Carabao Cup Third Round takes place on Wednesday evening, with Premier League rivals Leicester City and Arsenal going head to head at the King Power Stadium.

Coming into the match, both sides will certainly be encouraged by their early Premier League form. The Foxes have won their first two matches against West Bromwich Albion and Burnley, scoring the most goals in the top-flight in the process. Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta’s Gunners are also perfect having overcome Fulham and West Ham United. The North Londoners are currently more fancied to make it three victories in a row at odds of 6/4 with Betfair, with the Foxes at 15/8 and a draw sitting at 12/5.

Despite potentially underdogs, it could well be foolish to bet against Brendan Rodgers’ men on home soil, especially with the Gunners coming up. The Foxes have won their last three matches on home soil against Arsenal, keeping two clean sheets in the process. It might well be a good idea to follow that trend with the Foxes to win to nil available at a price of 4/1 with Paddy Power.

One aspect that is always guaranteed when these two sides come together however is goals and usually from two sources; Jamie Vardy and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Leicester forward has scored ten goals in 11 games against the Gunners – against no side has he netted more. Meanwhile, Aubameyang has netted four in five games against Leicester. Vardy is at 7/2 with William Hill to net the first goal this time around, with Aubameyang at 16/5.

Despite those odds, it remains to be seen whether the two forwards will actually start the match. Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has already confirmed that he intends to make changes to his side, with UEFA Europa League firmly in his thinking. James Maddison could start as he continues his recovery from injury, whilst the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Wes Morgan, Hamza Choudhury and Christian Fuchs could be firmly in contention. However, Ricardo Pereira, Jonny Evans and Filip Benkovic are all ruled out, with recent arrival Cengiz Under not yet ready to make his debut.

Elsewhere, Arteta has to deal with a few absentees, with Shkodran Mustafi, Kieran Tierney, Pablo Mari, Emile Smith-Rowe, Gabriel Martinelli and Calum Chambers all ruled out. Mesut Ozil, Mateo Guendouzi, Cedric Soares and William Saliba could all be drafted in for their first appearances of the season at the King Power Stadium.

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