Fourth meets fifth in the Premier League as Arsenal take on Leicester. Both sides have won three and lost two of their first five fixtures and there could be a home debut for deadline day signing Thomas Partey. The Gunners forked out £45m for the defensive midfielder who is a specialist in his position.
Where and when: Emirates Stadium, Highbury – 25 October, kick-off 19:15
Where you can see Arsenal vs. Leicester: Sky Sports Box Office
Last time: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Jamie Vardy exchanged efforts in the July contest.
Arsenal v Leicester Predictions and Preview
Mikel Arteta appears to have settled on a 3-4-3 formation with Kieran Tierney, Gabriel and David Luiz at the back. The Arsenal boss saw his men lose 1-0 to Manchester City in the previous game-week but was happy with the overall performance.
Bukayo Saka has flourished under the Spaniard’s tutelage and is now a senior international with England. The versatile teenager can play anywhere down the left-hand side and also centrally and his contract renewal was a real coup for the Gunners, particularly with City, Liverpool and Manchester United all ready to pounce. Saka is an attractive 22/5 to net anytime, while skipper Aubameyang is 11/4 to break the deadlock.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Arsenal to win 2-1||17/2||Offer|
|Over 4.5 goals||17/4||Offer|
|Timothy Castagne to score first||30/1||Offer|
The Arsenal talisman will link up with Willian and one of Nicolas Pepe or Alexandre Lacazette in attack. The summer recruit from Chelsea played in an unfamiliar role through the middle at the Etihad, with Lacazette on the sidelines, drawing criticism from onlookers.
The ex-Lyon skipper currently leads the way with three goals for the North Londoners and is available at 13/10 to score anytime, while Willian is 3/1 in the same market. Arsenal are 17/20 to claim the spoils on the night.
Visitors Leicester famously thumped Pep Guardiola’s troops 5-2 at the end of September. The Foxes are a match for anyone when at their best but were comprehensively outclassed by West Ham United before the Nations League double header and Brendan Rodgers is heavy reliant on his starting eleven.
The Ulsterman bolstered the ranks with Wesley Fofana, Cengiz Under and Castagne, but has been dealt a massive blow with the news star defender Caglar Soyuncu is ruled out for the next three months with an adductor problem.
The former Liverpool manager will, however, be able to call on the services of Vardy. The 2019-20 Premier League Golden Boot winner is 7/2 to open proceedings and has a good record against the Gunners. Harvey Barnes is 14/1 to register last and Leicester are 14/5 to emerge triumphant. A draw is 11/4.
One to watch for Arsenal: Arteta has shown great faith in Eddie Nketiah and the England U21 hitman should get a late runout. The Gunners youth graduate is 9/2 to hit the final effort.
One to watch for Leicester: James Maddison has been eased back in to action following a hip injury and the Foxes have missed the playmaker’s creativity. The one-time Red Devils target is an attractive 16/1 to notch last.
Long shot: Leicester have already been involved in 20 goals and the absence of Soyuncu and Wilfred Ndidi significantly weakens the Europa League hopefuls. Despite this, the Gunners have not kept a clean sheet since the opening day of the season and this fixture historically delivers. A 2-2 outcome 23/2.