Football Predictions

Leicester City vs Arsenal preview, predictions & possible XIs

By Harry Edwards

Published: 16:35, 8 November 2019

High-flying Leicester City will be looking to continue their fine start to the season when they welcome Arsenal to the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

Brendan Rodgers’ side are currently third in the Premier League and would jump up to second with a win, as Manchester City host Liverpool on Sunday.

While things are positive in Leicester, Arsenal are struggling to find their identity under Unai Emery and some fans are already calling for the Spaniard to leave.

Despite sitting fifth, the Gunners are without a win in their past three Premier League games and sit six points behind Chelsea in the race for fourth.

Read on for Leicester vs Arsenal TV info, team news, key players, predictions and more.

When is Leicester vs Arsenal and what TV channel is it on?

Competition: Premier League

Venue: King Power Stadium

Date: Saturday, 9 November 2019

Kick-off: 5:30 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Premier League.

Last five meetings: Leicester vs Arsenal

28 April 2019: Leicester 3-0 Arsenal (Premier League)

22 October 2018: Arsenal 3-1 Leicester (Premier League)

09 May 2018: Leicester 3-1 Arsenal (Premier League)

11 August 2017: Arsenal 4-3 Leicester (Premier League)

26 April 2017: Arsenal 1-0 Leicester (Premier League)

Aggregate Score: Leicester (WLWLL) 10-9 Arsenal (LWLWW)

Ones to watch

Leicester: Jamie Vardy

Vardy goal Palace

During October there had been some fears of the Leicester striker becoming the second-most talked about Vardy after certain social media revelations, leading to the 32-year-old being taunted on the pitch.

But Jamie Vardy has hit back as only he can, scoring four goals in three games during October to wrap up the Premier League’s Player of the Month award. Now the league’s top scorer with 10 goals, Vardy will be expecting to add to his tally this weekend when he lines up against an Arsenal defence struggling for confidence.

The only question is, how will he celebrate against his favourite opponents after last weekend’s Eagle at Crystal Palace?

Key stat: Jamie Vardy has scored eight goals against Arsenal in his career, more than he has managed against any other club.

Arsenal: Mesut Ozil

One of the many complaints about Emery’s Arsenal this season has been his lack of use of Mesut Ozil. Although the former German international has been the subject of Arsenal fans’ frustration himself, Ozil represents one of the club’s most creative players.

Ozil has been restricted to just four appearances across all competitions this season but started Arsenal’s past two domestic matches, recording an assist in the 5-5 Carabao Cup thriller against Liverpool.

He was rewarded with a full 90 minutes against Wolves last weekend and might make another appearance this weekend after sitting out in midweek. If Arsenal are to unlock Leicester’s strong defence, Ozil will be key.

Key stat: Mesut Ozil (49) has created more Premier League chances than any other Arsenal player since Unai Emery took charge at the start of the 2018/19 season.

Team news

Leicester

Rodgers has a fully-fit squad to chose from for the visit of Arsenal and is unlikely to verge too much from his favoured XI given the positive run of form they have.

That means Player of the Month Vardy leading the line ahead of the likes of James Maddison, Youri Tielemans and Wilfred Ndidi in midfield.

Predicted XI: Schmeichel; Pereira, Soyuncu, Evans, Chilwell; Ndidi; Perez, Maddison, Tielemans, Barnes; Vardy.

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Arsenal

For Arsenal the biggest question remains whether Granit Xhaka will be a part of the squad having fallen out with the fans, leading to the stripping of his captaincy.

Emery has confirmed the Swiss midfielder will not travel to Leicester, with Xhaka reportedly telling the Spaniard he is not feeling good enough to play at the moment.

Arsenal will also be without Dani Ceballos after he picked up a hamstring injury during their Europa League draw against Vitoria in midweek, so Mesut Ozil could be handed a start.

Predicted XI: Leno; Bellerin, David Luiz, Sokratis, Tierney; Torreira, Guendouzi; Pepe, Ozil, Aubameyang; Lacazette.

Squawka prediction

All signs point to a Leicester win this weekend. The Foxes have won their past three Premier League games and boast the joint-best defence in the division, conceding just three goals.

They have also won their past two home games against Arsenal, winning 3-0 last season and 3-1 in May 2018. Not to mention Leicester have scored the second-most goals in the Premier League with 27, 11 of which have come in their past two games – including at record-equalling 9-0 thrashing of Southampton.

Scoreline prediction: Leicester 3-0 Arsenal