Will Jamie Vardy be able to escape his capital curse?

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It seems that whenever he’s touched the ball this season Jamie Vardy has scored a goal, but the Premier League’s top scorer has a historic hurdle to overcome if he is to trouble Petr Cech when Leicester head to Arsenal this weekend.

The Englishman tops the goal-busting charts with 18 strikes this term, but when it comes to finding the net inside the M25, Vardy’s record takes a mighty tumble.

Since joining Leicester from Fleetwood for what in hindsight is one of the best £1m ever spent in football, Vardy has scored just twice in 11 appearances in London.

One came against QPR in December 2013, and the second at Tottenham in March last year.

Nine times has Vardy come up fruitless in the capital, and it seems the unstoppable striker comes unstuck in the Big Smoke.

But in this incredible season of unpredictability, Leicester can go a massive eight points clear of Arsenal with 12 games to play should they prevail in north London, and Vardy is a 13/2 shot to score the opening goal of the game.

Victory would mean the Foxes see off Liverpool, Manchester City and the Gunners in successive fixtures and their rapid striker is 2/1 to net anytime past Wenger’s defence.

But much like Newcastle went years without winning a game in the capital, sometimes a pattern sticks for no good reason.

So if for once you decide to swerve backing one of Europe’s most potent strikers, you’ve a jolly good reason to this weekend.

Maybe it’s because a bottle of Blue WKD in London costs about £7.

The Foxes are 7/2 for a win that would all but end Arsenal’s Premier League hopes, while the Gunners are 7/10 and a draw 14/5.

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

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