Arsenal gunning for Foxes victory after derby day defeat
Arsenal will be hoping to bounce back from their north London derby defeat to bitter rivals Tottenham when they host the Premier League’s rock-bottom side Leicester City at the Emirates.
The Gunners, odds-on 4/9 with Coral for a top four finish, suffered their first derby loss since March 2013 at the hands of Mauricio Pochettino’s Champions League chasing outfit Spurs, and will be aiming to get back on track in their midweek clash with the Foxes.
Despite their defeat, Arsene Wenger’s men are currently in sixth spot after losing just twice in their last nine league outings.
At the Emirates, Arsenal have been in formidable form this season, securing seven consecutive home victories and three wins to nil on the bounce. The free-scoring Gunners have struck 10 goals in as many home triumphs, and are 11/10 for victory without conceding yet again.
Clinical Chile attacker Alexis Sanchez opened proceedings in the reverse fixture at the King Power Stadium last year, and the ferocious forward is 3/1 to do so again after incredibly firing in 18 goals across all competitions this season already.
Wonderful World Cup winner Mezut Ozil has been in fine form since his return to competitive action, striking for the Gunners in his last three consecutive games. The prolific playmaker is 7/4 to net anytime against the Foxes, following recent league goals against Spurs and Aston Villa.
Leicester, 10/1 to win, have had an appalling campaign so far and are haplessly lying at the bottom of the table, after securing just two league victories in their previous 19 encounters.
Nigel Pearson’s position as Foxes boss has been subject of much speculation, following a recent sideline clash with Crystal Palace’s James McArthur in his side’s last outing and a run of three consecutive defeats, with the toothless Foxes claiming just one league win this calendar year.
The last time Leicester toppled Arsenal was during the 1994/95 season, when a David Seaman own-goal gave them a rare triumph, after Ian Wright had netted a penalty for the Gunners.
However, Pearson’s relegation-battlers managed to hold their London rivals to a 1-1 draw at the beginning of the season, when Foxes frontman Leonardo Ulloa levelled before half-time, after Sanchez had opened the scoring.
The Argentine attacker has struck nine times in 26 appearances this term, and is 10/1 to score last at the Emirates.
In their chase for fourth spot, Arsenal are likely to be without Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Debuchy and Abou Diaby are still on the long road to recovery from troublesome injuries.
The visitors have some absences of their own, with Chris Wood and Kasper Schmeichel both sidelined, while former Arsenal youth product Matthew Upson may return to the bench.
Pearson may hand on-loan centre back Robert Huth his debut, with the German defender returning from a two-match suspension. Ex-Chelsea and Middlesbrough man Huth was part of the Stoke City side that overcame the Gunners last season at the Britannia Stadium.
With Arsenal aiming to beat their derby day conquerors Spurs to fourth spot, along with Manchester United and Liverpool, Wenger’s men will hope for a comfortable coup against the division’s basement team.
The Gunners are 23/20 to score three or more times at the Emirates, having done so in their last two league meetings.