English Premier League preview: Leicester City vs Arsenal – The King Power Stadium, Leicester – Sunday, April 28, 2019 – 11:00 hrs GMT
One of the more exciting matches of the 36th Round of the English Premier league will be played out at the King Power stadium between hosts Leicester City and Arsenal on Sunday.
Unai Emery's Gunners have had a dismal season when it came to away games this season.
The Gunners had to face humiliation at the hands of Wolverhampton at the Molineux stadium on Wednesday night, going down 1-3 and have registered just one win on the road since they beat Table bottom-scrapers, Huddersfield Town, in November. Which is surprisingly bad statistics for a team placed 5th on the Premier League table.
Arsenal will seriously look to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette to deliver at the King Power given that there are just three matches left for the 2018-19 season to conclude.
Aubameyang has 19 goals (the highest PL scorer), but he has been frustrated often this season with the Gunners performing below expectations.
A defeat or even a draw at the Molineux would cut out their chances to land in the Top Four and the next UEFA Champions League.
Barring Aaron Ramsey, club regulars like Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Granit Xhaka have been inconsistent at the best. The defense has been there weakest link and conceding goals have become a regular feature.
As for injuries, Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin, Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck will miss next match due to injuries.
Unai Emery has been restricted big time by opponents from playing his brand of attacking football down the flanks and are having trouble stopping their opponents, losing out mostly in aerial duels.
Arsenal's expected line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation;
Leno (goal): Maitland-Niles, Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal (defense); Torreira, Xhaka (defensive mid-field); Aubameyang, Ozil, Iwobi (attacking mid-field); Lacazette (striker).
Like Arsenal, Leicester City, too, are struggling to perform up to their abilities. After a great 4-game winning streak under new manager Brendan Rogers, the Foxes stumbled somewhat, losing against Newcastle and drawing to West Ham.
Jamie Vardy is in good touch with 16 goals to his credit already and 4 assists. So is 22-year old James Maddison with 7 goals and 6 assists.
The Foxes will rely on their counter-attacking style of play to unsettle a shaky Arsenal defense and will look to create a lot of scoring chances.
Although Daniel Amartey has been sidelined by injury, Brendan Rodgers will be buoyed by the return of winger Marc Albrighton.
His starting XI playing in 4-4-1-1 formation will look thus:
Schmeichel (goal); Pereira, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell; Albrighton, Ndidi, Tielemans, Barnes; Maddison; Vardy.
Leicester have turned it around since Brendan Rodgers’ arrival at the King Power. They have won three of their last five games there.
Given the Gunners’ weakness away from home, the Foxes can hope to move up from the 10th spot they are in presently on the EPL table.
For Arsenal, a win is a must if they are to move into the Top Four and pip Chelsea from the space. But the common prediction for the expected score-line at the King Power on April 28th is Leicester City 3, Arsenal 2.
Odds correct as of 26/04/2019 and subject to change.