Arsenal’s fight for a place in the Premier League’s top four continues with a crucial clash against Leicester City in north London on Wednesday night.
Arsene Wenger’s men booked their place in next month’s FA Cup final in dramatic style, coming from behind to beat Manchester City after extra-time at Wembley on Sunday afternoon, but it is Premier League points that are the priority for the north Londoners when the Foxes visit Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners have been beaten in just one of their last 14 league matches on home soil – a damaging 2-1 defeat against Watford back in January – and, on the back of a hard-fought 2-1 away win against Middlesbrough in their most recent Premier League outing, Wenger’s men will be determined to maintain their fine home form by winning this one.
Arsenal certainly have an impressive record against the Premier League champions, for the north Londoners are unbeaten inside 90 minutes in their last 22 matches against the Foxes and dabblebet make the Gunners 4/7 (1.57) favourites to take all three points from this renewal.
Leicester City have picked up just one point from their last two Premier League matches, but Craig Shakespeare’s side were clearly distracted by their Champions League quarter-final tie against Atletico Madrid, for the Foxes had won six successive matches under Shakespeare’s stewardship prior to that.
Although the tie against Atletico ended in disappointment for Leicester, the Foxes will be determined to get back to winning ways when they visit north London and there is 9/2 (5.50) that Shakespeare’s men upset the hosts with a win and 100/30 (4.33) that these two teams are forced to settle for a share of the spoils.
Jamie Vardy, who was pivotal to Leicester’s terrific title triumph last season, has regained his swagger in recent weeks, scoring six goals in his last seven Premier League games for the Foxes. The England striker can be backed at 8/5 (2.60) to maintain his scoring streak in this game, while Alexis Sanchez, who scored a superb hat-trick in a 5-2 win for Arsenal against Leicester at King Power Stadium last term – as well as the winner at Wembley at the weekend - is a 4/6 (1.67) chance to net at any time in this game.
There have been at least two goals scored in each of Arsenal’s last 11 victories against the Foxes and, with Wenger’s men desperate for victory, the 19/20 (1.95) quote for hosts to edge a goal-laden game could represent good value for punters - the selection would have landed in four of Arsenal’s last five Premier League wins.