Leicester City v Arsenal: Vardy and co. could have a field day
They’ve played just 90 minutes of league football this season and there are already questions being asked about champions Leicester and Arsenal. Can Claudio Ranieri’s men compete for silverware again? Will Arsene Wenger’s lack of transfer activity come back to bite him this year? And why hasn’t Jamie Vardy scored yet?!
Though the league won’t be won or lost in one game so early on in the season, you can already sense the pressure that both sides are facing before they meet at the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening, having both lost their opening games.
One thing’s for sure come kick-off though, you can expect plenty of goals.
Both sides have scored in the last seven meetings between these two, and of the 28 goals we’ve seen, 20 have been scored by the Gunners.
The only game Leicester lost at home last season was to – you guessed it – Arsenal.
And Wenger’s overall record against the Foxes is pretty impressive, too, having never lost to the East Midlands side in 18 Premier League games.
The Frenchman will be without Laurent Koscielny, Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil for the second week in a row as their extended breaks from Euro 2016 go on.
Add to that the absence of Gabriel, Per Mertesacker, Danny Welbeck, Alex Iwobi and Aaron Ramsey who are all out through injury – and it may be the Foxes who head into this one with the upper hand.
Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and new signing Ahmed Musa must be licking their lips at the thought of facing Calum Chambers and the inexperienced Rob Holding after seeing the defensive pair concede four goals at home to Liverpool on the opening weekend.
Vardy looked all but certain to move to the Emirates this summer after Arsenal triggered a release clause in the striker’s contract, but the 29-year-old opted to stay with the Foxes – and at 11/2, wouldn’t it just be fitting for him to grab the first goal of the game?
The England striker looks a great shout to add to the three goals he scored against the Wenger’s men last season.
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