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Arsenal v Leicester: Goals almost a certainty in title-chasing clash

| 14.02.2016

This time last year – almost to the day – Arsenal beat Leicester 2-1 at the Emirates after a hard-fought encounter which left the Foxes rooted to bottom of the Premier League.

Fast-forward one year – 368 days by the time they play – and Leicester now head to north London as deserving league leaders.

Avoiding defeat is a must for Arsene Wenger’s men, who would slip eight points behind Claudio Ranieri’s heroic underdogs should Leicester return to the Midlands with three points.

Arsenal ended a four-game winless run with a 2-0 victory at Bournemouth last weekend, and they head into Sunday’s midday kick-off as 8/11 favourites.

Leicester are 15/4 for a win which would see them beat Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal in successive fixtures.

The Foxes were undone in September however, with Arsenal running riot in a 5-2 victory.

With three of the Premier League’s top seven goalscorers set to feature, plus assist-king Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, the 8/11 on both teams to score or 4/5 on over 2.5 goals will doubtless be popular selections this weekend.

Both teams have scored in each of the last six meetings, with Arsenal winning on four occasions.

That adds extra oomph to Ladbrokes’ matchday offers, with the bookies boosting Arsenal to win and both teams to score from 9/4 to 11/4.

Not content with one price boost however, Laddies are also offering another upset for the Foxes with Leicester to win and both teams to score enhanced from 6/1 to 8/1 on matchday.

What’s more, the bookies are feeling the love this Valentine’s weekend and are TOP PRICE 5/2 on Leicester to win the Premier League this season.

Leicester have really tightened things up at the back, conceding just two goals in their last seven games, but should Arsenal be at their best, Kasper Schmeichel could be a busy man.

Sanchez netted a hat-trick at the King Power Stadium in September, and the Chilean is 5/1 to score the opening goal of the game and 6/4 anytime.

Should Wenger follow his blueprint for that win at Leicester, we can expect Theo Walcott to start, and the Englishman is a 13/2 shout for the game’s first goal and 2/1 to bag at any point.

Meanwhile Jamie Vardy has rarely been kept quiet this season, and the Premier League’s top-scorer is also at 13/22/1 anytime – with partner in crime Riyad Mahrez is at 9s and 11/4 anytime.

And what of Robert Huth? The big defender scored twice in the stunning win at Man City, and grabbed the winner over Tottenham.

The former Chelsea man is 25/1 to be another surprise first scorer, and is 13/2 to put past Petr Cech at any point.

With Aston Villa versus Liverpool and Man City at home to Tottenham also to come on Sunday, this midday clash should get Super Sunday’s triple-header off to a flying start.

How can so much attacking prowess fail to deliver?

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.