Leicester City v Arsenal Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Leicester City v Arsenal

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Sunday, April 28, 2019


King Power Stadium

Punter's Pick

In the betting markets, it would seem that this game would be one with goals, with Arsenal being so weak in defence in recent games. However one trend that has emerged from previous games is the corners market. Over 10 is well priced at Bet365 at evens and this game has produced at least 10 corners or more in their last four games. We feel this is the one market to go for given the attacking nature of both teams.

Leicester City host Arsenal in an exciting fixture which usually promises goals and end to end excitement. Leicester are looking to strengthen their grip on 10th position and finish in the top half of the table, whilst Arsenal are still battling to get into the top four and in to next seasons Champions League.

Leicester come into this game in good form, having lost just once in their last six games. The difference in team morale and playing style has been visible since the arrival of Brendan Rodgers, with their flair players enjoying more freedom under their new manager. A run of four straight defeats was broken by a home loss to Newcastle, but they secured a good away draw at West Ham last time out courtesy of goals from Jamie Vardy and a last minute leveller through Harvey Barnes. Jamie Vardy has been in excellent form in recent games and his partnership with James Maddison continues to blossom, with the likes of Demarai Gray also getting a run of games to show his talent.

Arsenal have started to wobble in the final run-in and come into this game on the back of two straight defeats, with three in their last four Premier League games. The Gunners were stunned at home by Crystal Palace, where their defensive frailties were brutally exposed. This continued in their next game against Wolves, who raced into a 3-0 lead in the first half, effectively ending the game. Those like Mustafi have been singled out for criticism, with many feeling he is playing his final season for Arsenal as he was bullied out the game by Palace’s frontmen. For their final three games, Unai Emery may feel that his tactics need to be ensuring he has enough attacking prowess on the field to outscore their opponents, as it may well be a case of ‘if you score two, we’ll score three’ as he cannot rely on his defence to maintain a shutout.

In team news, Leicester are likely to maintain a degree of consistency and play as many of those that secured an away draw at West Ham. This will likely see Jamie Vardy lead the line with James Maddison tucked in behind. Marc Albrighton will continue on the flanks with Evans and Harry Maguire likely to start in defence.

With Arsenal keeping one eye on the Europa League semi-finals, it will be interesting to see if Unai Emery attacks with both his strikers or looks to keep one of them back to play against Valencia. It is likely that both Lacazette and Aubameyang will start as the Gunners need to stay positive and ensure they win this game, as they currently sit outside the top four. Whether Mustafi starts will be the real decision, but with Koscielny being at high risk of injuries, back to back games may not be the way to go allowing the German to get in.

Traditionally Arsenal have had the better of this fixture, but with the current form of both teams, Leicester will fancy themselves at home. The Gunners won the reverse fixture at the start of the season despite trailing through a Hector Bellerin own goal. Mesut Ozil drew them level with Aubameyang firing in a quick-fire double to secure the three points. However Leicester did win their game at home last season, with Iheanacho, Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez all netting in a 3-1 victory.

Punter's Pick

In the betting markets, it would seem that this game would be one with goals, with Arsenal being so weak in defence in recent games. However one trend that has emerged from previous games is the corners market. Over 10 is well priced at Bet365 at evens and this game has produced at least 10 corners or more in their last four games. We feel this is the one market to go for given the attacking nature of both teams.

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