In arguably the biggest game of the Carabao Cup third round Leicester City host Arsenal on Wednesday night (19:45 kick-off).
Both sides have enjoyed 100% starts to the new Premier League campaign, with Leicester beating West Brom and Burnley while Arsenal have seen off Fulham and West Ham. They are also two clubs going through interesting journeys.
For Leicester, they appear to have finally hit their stride under Brendan Rodgers and will be wanting to build on their fifth-placed Premier League finish from last season with a good Cup run. Last season also saw them reach the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, so the Foxes will hope they can at least go one better.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have enjoyed life under Mikel Arteta so far, winning the FA Cup and Community Shield and showing signs of promise, aided by some smart business in the summer transfer window.
But who will come out on top, setting up a tie with either Liverpool or Lincoln City?
Where to watch Leicester City vs Arsenal on TV:
- UK: N/A
- US: ESPN+
Where to live stream Leicester City vs Arsenal online:
UK: Fans in the UK will be able to stream the Carabao Cup third-round tie between Leicester City and Arsenal on carabaocup.live. One-match passes cost £10.
Leicester & Arsenal’s previous line-ups:
- Leicester (vs Burnley): Schmeichel; Castagne, Ndidi, Soyuncu, Justin; Mendy; Perez, Tielemans, Praet, Barnes; Vardy.
- Arsenal (vs West Ham): Leno; Holding, Gabriel, Kolasinac; Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Saka; Willian, Lacazette, Aubameyang.
Leicester remain without Ricardo Pereira, Jonny Evans and Filip Benkovic but could still rotate from the team that beat Burnley, such is the closeness between games. Arsenal still have the likes of Kieran Tierney and Gabriel Martinelli out but, like Leicester, may make changes from the weekend.
Players to watch:
Arsenal's two shots on target against West Ham:
⚽️ Alexandre Lacazette (25')
⚽️ Eddie Nketiah (86')
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- Leicester: There is no guarantee of him starting, but if Rodgers does rotate then it could be time for Kelechi Iheanacho to make his mark. The Nigerian has struggled for game time over the past few seasons, having to make do with being an unused substitute in the two Premier League matches so far. But last season he really found his footing in the Carabao Cup. En route to the semi-finals with Leicester, Iheanacho scored four goals in four games, finding the net in each of his appearances. Two came through substitute appearances and two through starts, and included two goals against Premier League opposition in Aston Villa. Those goals would ultimately be in vain, as Leicester were knocked out by Villa, but Arsenal could be Iheanacho’s next victims.
- Arsenal: Like Leicester, if Arsenal rotate then it could be time for Eddie Nketiah to make his mark on the first team. But unlike Iheanacho, Nketiah has already showed what he is capable of this season. The Englishman came off the bench with just 13 minutes ago in Arsenal’s game against West Ham at the weekend with the scores tied, replacing Alexandre Lacazette. Just eight minutes later and he scored the winner, keeping Arsenal’s 100% record going, and further endearing himself to the Gunners faithful. If he does start against Leicester, don’t count against him finding the net again.