Leicester v Arsenal Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
May 07, 2018
King Power Stadium - Premier League
Leicester have little to play for other than pride on Wednesday, as they host Arsenal in Arsene Wenger's penultimate game at the club. The Gunners thrashed Burnley in their last game, ensuring another year of European football next season, and will be looking to continue their bosses farewell tour with win.
Arsenal won a seven-goal thriller in the reverse fixture, with Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud scoring in the 80th minute to equalise, then overtake Leicester's lead.
Leicester are at risk of missing eight first team players on Wednesday, with midfielder especially thin on the ground. Wilfred Ndid, Matty James and Daniel Amartey are all likely to miss out, with full-backs Ben Chilwell and Danny Simpson likely to join them. If Kaspar Schmeichel, Robert Huth and Shinji Okasaki are also unfit, Claude Puel will be looking at a very make-shift starting XI.
Wenger has fewer injuries to contend with, despite losing his captain Laurent Koscielny to a hamstring injury. Mohammed Elneny is also out for the remainder of the season, although is targeting a return for the World Cup, whilst Mesut Ozil has a minor complaint that may see the German midfielder rested.
Leicester v Arsenal Preview and Predictions
Having lost their weekend game to West Ham, Leicester are now without a win in five games, four of which have been defeats. In defence to Claude Puel's side, they have been decimated by injury in recent weeks, and, with a mid-table finish a certainty, many players may now have they eyes on the World Cup.
The likes of Jamie Vardy are not the only ones to have a big job ahead of them over the summer, with the Foxes' manager likely to be given some transfer funds to restructure the squad. Given Riyad Mahrez's transfer request in January, their star winger is highly likely to depart over the summer and Puel will have to find a way to replace his creativity.
With a six point gap on Burnley, Arsenal also in theory have little to achieve come the end of the season, but have seen their motivation sky-rocket following their manager's decision to leave, and subsequent exit from the Europa League. All of a sudden, players have a point to prove, with a new boss incoming and their reputations as stake. The 5-0 defeat over the Clarets on Sunday was overwhelmingly impressive, and saw arguably Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang's best performance in an Arsenal shirt so far.
Against Leicester, the Gunners will be keen to build on this win, with players auditioning for their next manager, and some fighting for a place in their country's World Cup squads. If Wenger's side can play like they did on Sunday, Leicester will have no response.
Aubamayang to score first at 3/1
The Gabon forward scored twice at the weekend and appears to have finally rediscovered his best form.
Arsenal to win and over 2.5 goals scored at 3/3
Leicester have been leaking goals at the moment and will struggle to contain Arsenal's forward line.