English Premier League preview: Arsenal v Leicester City – Emirates Stadium – October 22, 2018 – 20:00 hrs
Arsenal v Leicester City Tips
Arsenal 2-1 Leicester City at 8/1 with Bet365 Odds *
Arsenal 3-1 Leicester City at 11/1 with Bet365 Odds *
* Arsenal v Leicester City Odds taken from the leading online bookmakers and were correct as of 21/10/2018 – subject to change.
After two early losses to Manchester City & Chelsea to begin the season with, Arsenal under Unai Emery have hit full throttle, winning six straight Premier league fixtures and catapulting to the Top Four of the table.
The confident Gunners will now host Leicester City at the Emirates on Monday night before leaving for Portugal for a Europa League mid-week Group clash with Sporting CP. For the Leicester defense, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be prime threats as they demonstrated in their double-strikes in the 1-5 crushing of Watford.
There are injury concerns though for Emery ahead of the Monday clash. Petr Cech with a hamstring injury, Sokratis Papastathopoulos (ankle) and Danny Welbeck (thigh) will all be under medical inspection ahead of the October 22 game.
Mesut Ozil who missed a couple of matches has recovered from his injuries and joined the training sessions. But Emery will probably stick to Henrikh Mkhitaryan who came in place of Ozil as the French coach would not want to change a winning combination.
Aaron Ramsey who too was among the scorers in the huge Watford win will also feature in a midfield line-up that features Lucas Torreira, Alex Iwobi and Mkhitaryan.
Lacazette and Aubameyang will, of course, be the two strikers, who will be looking to add to their tally of 5 and 6 goals on Monday. The defensive line-up will have Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, Shkodran Mustafi and Nacho Monreal and Bernd Leno will be around between the posts if Cech is still unfit.
For the visiting Foxes, the handicap at the back will continue owing to skipper Wes Morgan’s red card suspension in their last match against Everton.
The lanky Jonny Evans will be Morgan's replacement at the back and giving him company will be the very impressive Harry Maguire and Ben Chilwell. With players like Ricardo Pereira, James Maddison, Demarai Gray manning the mid-field and the prolific Jamie Vardy as striker, Leicester is a much better side than their results would suggest.
The Foxes are in the 10th place of the EPL table with just 10 points, a situation brought about by 4 defeats, although the ones to Manchester City, Liverpool and Bournemouth are understandable given they all are teams from the Top 6.
The Foxes' 1-2 defeat to bottom-half side Everton, home at the King Power was a blow of sorts to their morale although much of it was contributed by Wes Morgan's red card dismissal in the 63rd minute allowing the opposition to gain the upper hand in the match and go ahead through Sigurdsson's goal.
Leicester have won just one match against Arsenal since their re-entry into the Premier League in 2014 and that was as recently as in May this year at the King Power stadium. But then, that was Arsenal in the dumps under Arsene Wenger.
The Foxes are yet to register a win at the Emirates and with the Gunners in the kind of form they are in, it's anybody's guess as to who the odds are on to take Monday night's game.