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Arsenal kept their season alive on Thursday as they triumphed 3-2 over Benfica in the Europa League, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang coming up with a late winner, though it’s worth noting that the Portuguese outfit are down in fourth domestically and a full 15 points adrift of league leaders Sporting CP.
Leicester are now out of Europe, suffering a disappointing defeat at home to Slavia Prague, but we’d expect a better performance from Brendan Rodgers’ charges here.
Their league form has remained consistently good and they’re level on points with second-placed Man Utd heading into this clash. Even injuries, most notably at the back, haven’t prevented the Foxes from turning in good displays, and that’s just as well with a lengthy list of absentees at present.
Defenders James Justin, Wes Morgan and Wesley Fofana remain sidelined, as do midfielder Dennis Praet and attacker Ayoze Perez.
Now James Maddison is a doubt and is expected to miss out, whereas Mikel Arteta has Thomas Partey back in midfield and his only concern surrounds centre-back Rob Holding.
Despite the host’s missing players, they’ve still won 10 of their past 14 matches against teams outside the top seven.
Only an irresistible Man City have picked up more points than Leicester from their past four at home in the league, and we wouldn’t be too keen on opposing them given Arsenal’s stuttering season.
The Gunners looked to be getting back on track with five wins from six unbeaten league games after Christmas, though they’ve since regressed with just one victory from five.
That includes defeats to Wolves, Aston Villa and Man City within their last four outings, and we wouldn’t want to touch Arsenal in the outright either having lost each of their past three league trips to the King Power by a combined 8-1 scoreline.
Under 2.5 Goals
Instead, a lack of goals interests us here. Five of Leicester’s past seven matches in all competitions have featured fewer than three goals, with at least one side failing to score in five of these too.
Meanwhile, home or away, all four meetings between the Foxes and Arsenal since 2019/20 have also gone under that same threshold, with just one goal when they met in the league back in October.
Tired legs are a distinct possibility as Arsenal had a four-hour flight back from Greece on Thursday night, while Leicester’s injury problems prevent too much in the way of rotations.
The absence of Maddison only reduces the potential output further, and this could prove another low-scoring encounter between the two sides.