Leicester vs Arsenal – Betting Preview
Last Saturday at Old Trafford, where even Erik ten Hag acknowledged that his team’s first-half performance was “rubbish,” Leicester came close to scoring but were denied by wayward finishing and heroic goalkeeping from David de Gea.
However, some adjustments made at halftime swung the match in Man United’s favour. Marcus Rashford, who was on fire, made Leicester pay for their carelessness with a brace, while Jadon Sancho, who came off the substitute, added the icing on top!
Leicester sits 14th in the rankings and four points clear of the relegation zone with 23 games remaining after receiving a tough reality check after crushing Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 on February 11 — Lilywhites fans would not mind their North London rivals experiencing the same fate here.
Prior to their trip to Old Trafford, Brendan Rodgers’ team had a three-game winning streak, which was undoubtedly ignited by the return of James Maddison at the right time. But, the Red Devils’ eight-match Premier League streak against Leicester was the turning point for that team.
The squad that has lost five games from winning situations this season—the most in the league—welcomes the team that excels at winning from losing positions.
Moreover, Rodgers’s team hasn’t earned a Premier League shutout at the King Power Stadium since October!
At Villa Park, where ex-Gunner Emiliano Martinez—who has made no bones about his animosity against the team—played the villain by wasting a tonne of time before scoring the most awful of unfortunate own goals—karmic revenge tasted oh so delicious to the travelling Arsenal supporters.
Ollie Watkins and Philippe Coutinho gave Villa the lead twice, then Bukayo Saka and Oleksandr Zinchenko gave Arsenal the lead back twice, respectively, before Jorginho’s spectacular strike hit the crossbar and went in off Martinez’s head.
The World Cup winner attempted to make amends by going up for a last-second corner, but when that did not work, Gabriel Martinelli had the easy task of slotting home into an empty net. Martinez’s attempt to go from zero to hero in the other penalty area was criticised by former Arsenal manager Unai Emery after the game.
As a result of breaking out of their mid-season slump and snapping a four-game losing streak, Mikel Arteta’s team now leads Manchester City by two points with one game remaining after the champions dropped more points away at Nottingham Forest. This Saturday, the Gunners will kick off a few hours before City will play Bournemouth.
Gooners are worried about their team’s sixth straight game without a clean sheet in any competition, but no team has scored more Premier League goals away from home this season than Arsenal, who have won four successive matches against Leicester City after defeating the Foxes 4-2 in August.
1×2 Betting Odds
Leicester should have no issue dismantling a frail Arsenal backline after scoring four goals against Tottenham and creating countless chances against Manchester United in the first half. Yet, the Gunners are experts at overcoming obstacles!
Leicester to win this one at home, stands @ 5.00. They are the underdogs in this one!
An Arsenal team with a penchant for goals on the road can overcome any slight setbacks at the King Power to return to North London with another three points and an insurmountable advantage at the top, even though Rodgers’ team isn’t exactly impermeable at the back!
The market thinks the same as the Gunners team are the favourites to win this one @ 1.75.
The possibility of a stalemate and what would be points dropped for Arsenal stands @ 4.30.
Total goals over/under
The odds that the total number of goals scored will be over 2.5, stands @ 1.72.
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 2.31.
Arsenal have made it a trend of featuring in high scoring matches in their recent outings, and not to forget, the home side is capable of scoring too!
So perhaps that is why the over/under market believes this one will feature a few goals!