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Leicester City vs Arsenal FC, free match prediction 28 Feb 2021

28 Feb 2021 | 17:30 | Leicester, King Power Stadium
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Leicester aiming to put European woes behind them with big clash against Arsenal

  • Leicester can return to 2nd place with a positive result over Arsenal
  • The Foxes have won three of their last four, but crashed out of Europa League midweek
  • Arsenal sit in a disappointing 11th, after three defeats from last three

Leicester to win 2-1

  • Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021
  • Venue: Leicester, King Power Stadium

LEICESTER CITY vs ARSENAL FC Match Preview & Analysis

Leicester received a nasty shock in midweek when they were dumped out of the Europa League by minnows Slavia Prague.

Although firmly in the race for the top four, Leicester fans would have liked to see the club go further in a European competition they have rarely had the chance to be part of over the years.

Having said that, it now means that they can focus on the task at hand, of returning to 2nd in the league with a draw or better against the Gunners, who have returned to their poor form of earlier in the season.

Arsenal, who incidentally won their Europa League tie this week, have slipped to 11th in the league courtesy of a poor run of form in recent weeks.

They went down to Manchester City last weekend, and have also lost to both Villa and Wolves in recent weeks.

Here, they must be at their very best to stop a well-oiled Leicester machine.

Teams Preview

Leicester City Preview

Form Guide (all comps): WWDWL

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Good form in the league has seen them cement a top four position

     Beat Arsenal 1-0 in the reverse fixture back in October

Reasons to be fearful:

     Unlikely that Maddison will be fit here

     Crashing out of Europe will be a blow to confidence

Leicester continue to take giant strides forward in their quest for a top four finish this season, and pulled a solid win out of the bag last weekend to take maximum points from Aston Villa, just as they have from Liverpool and Fulham in recent weeks.

Although both they and Arsenal played a European match in midweek, it’ll feel considerably tougher for Leicester to ready themselves for this one having lost disappointingly, whereas Arsenal claimed a narrow victory.

James Maddison is unlikely to be fit enough to play here, having missed that midweek game through injury, while at 34, Jamie Vardy will find it tough to play another 90 minutes so soon after the last.

Having said that, Brendan Rodgers has a fantastic squad to choose from and they’ll relish the opportunity to go above Manchester United here with a positive result.

Star Man – Harvey Barnes

Has been electric for Leicester this season, and had 60 minutes rest in midweek. He’ll start here and could be one of the difference makers.

Arsenal FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): LWDLW

Reasons to be cheerful:

     European win in midweek will boost confidence

     Aubameyang appears to be back in top form

Reasons to be fearful:

     Tough run of fixtures in March

     Can’t build up any consistency to propel them up the table

Unfortunately for Arsenal, positive results are few and far between at the moment. They have more defeats than wins this season, and have conceded almost as many goals as they’ve scored. 

By sitting 11th in the table, they’ve shown no sign of progression than at this stage last season, when they were 10th on a similar number of points. Then, they were 10 points off the top four; now they are 11.

These are the damning statistics that will eventually cost Mikel Arteta his job if he does not remedy it quickly. Wins in the Europa League will boost confidence in the meanwhile, however, with the Gunners now through to the Quarter Finals.

Here, they will play a team who have beaten Liverpool and Chelsea since the turn of the year, both considerably better sides than Arsenal, right now. They must be at their best.

Star Man – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Has six goals in his seven appearances so far in 2021 – he’s Arsenal’s in-form player right now.

LEICESTER CITY vs ARSENAL FC Winning Prediction

     Both sides will go for the win here

     Leicester will miss Maddison’s creativity

     Either Vardy or Aubameyang to score

The way in which both sides play their football should give way to an open game here, with plenty of chances at either end of the pitch.

There’s no question that Leicester have the better team right now, but Arsenal will have their tails up after that midweek European win. Perhaps they can pinch something, but Leicester are certainly favourites.

Leicester to win 2-1

Author: Ross B.