The Tale of the Tape:
After Arsenal restarted the season with 2 poor losses to Manchester City and Brighton respectively, some of us wondered whether Mikel Arteta’s boys had it in them to make it into Europe next season. Since then, they have won 3 Premier League games in a row to keep themselves well in with a shout, the previous win against top-8 rivals Wolves being at the forefront.
Leicester City, on the other hand, started off rather spotty to put it lightly, before smashing Crystal Palace 3-0 in a good performance last time out. They will feel like this is a must-win game for them, as Chelsea (playing earlier in the evening) and Manchester United are both within 3 points of them now, with Wolves also only a further 3 off. If they were to lose, that would swing the door wide open for the chasing pack.
Gimme the Deets:
Teams: Arsenal vs Leicester City
Date: Tuesday 7th July 2020
KO Time: 20:15 GMT
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Managers: Mikel Arteta and Brendan Rodgers
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Where can I watch: Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Ultra HD, Sky Sports Main Event (UK), Sky Sport Austria, Sky Sport UHD , Sky Sport HD 1 (DE)
Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi are expected to be out for this affair, while Arsenal still have many long-term absentees. They have yet to concede a goal since Bernd Leno has been out injured so he shouldn’t be too much of a miss. Dani Ceballos is expected to start, as Arteta has been highly impressed with his impact recently and has been looking to secure a permanent deal for the Real Madrid loanee
Leicester City could also have two big-name players missing in the form of Ben Chillwell and James Maddison, Chilwell being injured in that Palace game and going off at half time. It hasn’t been confirmed whether they will miss this fixture, but I’ve taken them out of my Fantasy Premier League team nonetheless!
Predicted Score: 2-1 to Arsenal
Overall, I think Arsenal are going to get the win tonight. They are on a run of 4 wins in a row in all competitions, whilst Leicester have only beaten a poor Palace side. Mikel Arteta will be looking to improve his side’s record against the big teams and manoeuvre his side back into that bracket, so he will see this as the perfect chance.