As tradition goes, whenever Arsenal and Leicester City have gone into battle, there hasn’t been much between the sides. And with both sides still vying for a place in Europe next season, tonight’s clash is likely to be something similar.
So, what’s been the difference between the sides in the last six head-to-head clashes? Home advantage. In each of those games, the home side has come out on top every time. Leicester have never won at the Emirates though and the last time they won on Arsenal’s turf was in 1973.
However, they are taking on a side who are hard to predict at the best of times but in saying that, the Gunners are on their best run for quite some time. They’ve won their last four games and their 2-0 victory away at Molineux was as a impressive result as they’ve had for a long time.
Prior to that, they put away a Norwich side like the old Arsenal would have done and that suggests that just maybe things are changing for the better with Mikel Arteta’s men. The same doesn’t appear to be the case for Leicester though, who are starting to look vulnerable after appearing all but certain for that third-place finish in the league.
Their 3-0 win against Crystal Palace on Saturday was their first win in five matches, and their first since the resumption, but against both Watford and Brighton, they looked out of sorts. They do usually hold their own on the road however, having scored in 14 of their 16 away league games this season, and they’ll know that Arsenal very rarely keep a clean sheet when the sides have met.
Both teams have scored in five of the last six times the pair have clashed at the Emirates so that can only mean one thing tonight. An Arsenal win and both teams to score.
With so much at stake, there’s very little chance that this game is going to disappoint and Leicester will know that they’ll need some sort of positive result to keep Chelsea and Manchester United at bay. The Foxes have found the net in each of their last five matches against the Gunners, both home and away, while Arsenal have scored in their last five games.
Both teams to score looks extremely likely to happen and while it’s slightly shorter in the betting than over 2.5 goals, it’s hard to see it not click based on history alone.
If the Foxes are to get something here, then one thing will probably have to happen and that’s a goal from Jamie Vardy. It will have been a big relief to Brendan Rodgers that his star striker scored against Crystal Palace on Saturday, his first goal since March, and he’s got a knack of scoring in this fixture too.
He’s found the back of the net in four of his last five starts against Arsenal and on two of those occasions, including at the Emirates in 2017, he bagged a brace. With that recent goal likely to have helped his confidence, Vardy can continue his scoring spree against the Gunners tonight.
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