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Arsenal vs Leicester – LIVE Reddit Soccer 13/03/2022

Arsenal vs Leicester – LIVE Reddit Soccer 13/03/2022

Arsenal will aim to consolidate their hold on fourth spot in the Premier League table when Leicester City visit the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Mikel Arteta’s side survived a scare to overcome Watford 3-2 last time out, while the Foxes arrive having claimed a 2-0 advantage in the first leg of their Europa Conference League last-16 tie with Rennes. The goal of the day award may have been deservedly claimed by Watford’s Cucho Hernandez, but Arsenal’s young prospects came up with three eye-catching strikes of their own to propel themselves into fourth place after a five-goal thriller at Vicarage Road.

Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli all came up with the goods for the Gunners – who held on after a nervy few moments following Moussa Sissoko’s finish – and a spot in the Champions League is now Arsenal’s to lose. The Gunners remain in fourth place at the time of writing but will likely have dropped down a place before kickoff with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur facing off on Saturday, but knowing that at least one of their top-four rivals will drop points can only be a good thing.

Written off by many in the top-four race before the season began, Arsenal have now strung together a four-game winning streak in the Premier League – averaging two goals per game in that stretch – but Arteta was less than happy after the Watford win as his side once again won by just a one-goal margin. Not since the Boxing Day thumping of Norwich City have Arsenal won by more, but a tally of 25 points from their last 10 games is the joint-highest in the league behind Manchester City, and only the champions and Liverpool have performed better at home than the optimistic Gunners this term.

Things may finally be looking up for this patchy Leicester City side, who followed up their 1-0 victory over Jesse Marsch’s Leeds United with a professional showing in the Conference League against Rennes at the King Power. Marc Albrighton struck first for the Foxes on the 30-minute mark before substitute Kelechi Iheanacho made sure of the result in the last knockings of the encounter, with Brendan Rodgers’s side now boasting a healthy advantage before their journey to Roazhon Park.

Also stringing together a four-game winning run ahead of this game – in all competitions rather than the Premier League – Leicester have a top-half finish firmly in their sights and currently occupy 12th spot, just two points behind 10th-placed Southampton with three games in hand. Failure to collect silverware or qualify for Europe will no doubt go down as a disappointing season for an injury-hit Leicester, who have won just one of their last seven top-flight matches away from home and may seek to prioritise European success amid their dismal domestic fortunes.

Rodgers did steer his side to a 1-0 win at the Emirates last term, but Arsenal prevailed 2-0 at the King Power back in October – thanks in no small part to the heroics of Aaron Ramsdale – and the absence of Arsenal’s nemesis Jamie Vardy will play right into the hosts’ hands. Arsenal’s Emile Smith Rowe is expected to be back in the squad this weekend after a bout of COVID-19, but Takehiro Tomiyasu remains a doubt with his troublesome calf issue.

The Gunners are otherwise in good shape for the meeting with Leicester and have no need to alter a winning formula, with Cedric Soares once again preparing to deputise for Tomiyasu. Despite failing to find the back of the net for the sixth Premier League game running, Alexandre Lacazette provided two assists at Vicarage Road and will expect to fend off competition from Eddie Nketiah for the number nine spot.

As for Leicester, Vardy – whose 11 goals in meetings with Arsenal is the most against any side he has faced – has picked up a fresh knee injury and will not be available for the Emirates trip. Jonny Evans, Ryan Bertrand and Timothy Castagne are keeping Vardy company in the treatment room, and it remains to be seen if Ricardo Pereira will be fit for Sunday after a setback in his recovery from a thigh issue.

All the talk of Arsenal not being good enough to finish fourth at the end of the season has died down as Mikel Arteta’s men march on in the right direction. The Spaniard could win five Premier League games in a row for the first time in his managerial career when Leicester City visit the Emirates Stadium this weekend.

Arsenal have been steadily climbing up the Premier League table, and after dispatching Wolves twice, Brentford and then Watford in their last four games, the final Champions League spot now appears to be theirs to lose.

The Foxes have stitched together an impressive four-game unbeaten run in all competitions, most recently beating Rennes 2-0 in the Europa Conference League. However, the test at the Emirates will be their toughest one in recent weeks. In the reverse fixture, Brendan Rodgers’s men suffered a morale-sapping 2-0 defeat, conceding two early goals. They will be aiming to avoid a similar fate this time around.

Something has to give in the Premier League this weekend when two sides enjoying winning runs go head-to-head. The Gunners have won their last four league games while the Foxes have won their last three matches in all competitions, so we are expecting an entertaining 90-minutes at the Emirates Stadium. There is a great chance that we will be treated to goals at both ends of the pitch when Arsenal take on Leicester this weekend. Both teams have scored in each of Arsenal’s last three outings as well as in four of Leicester’s last six fixtures, adding further weight to our prediction for Sunday’s clash.

Arsenal made the trip to Watford last time out where the two teams played out a 5-goal thriller. Odegaard put the Gunners in front in the 5th-minute but Watford equalised shortly after. A goal from Saka on the half-hour mark ensured that Arsenal went in at the break a goal to the good and early in the second half, Martinello made it 3-1. Watford did make it 3-2 in the 87th-minute but there wasn’t enough time left for the home side to carve out an equaliser. We’re predicting goals on Sunday between two teams in great form. Vardy might miss the game but either Daka or Iheanacho will come in and offer a good goal threat for the visitors, while Saka and Martinelli are in decent goalscoring form for the hosts.

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