Arsenal and Leicester City return to Premier League action after with a match against each other, after both were involved in the Europa League in mid-week.
Emirates Stadium, London, England
Key Stat: Arsenal are unbeaten at home in the league in 2020, winning nine and drawing two – though one of the draws was against Leicester.
Expert Verdict: The Foxes are one of only two teams to take points from Arsenal at the Emirates since the turn of the year, but the hosts go into this one as favourites against inconsistent Leicester. Brendan Rodgers’ side might have got back to winning ways in mid-week, but this could be a third league defeat in a row.
Rob Holding faces around three weeks out with a hamstring strain, while Pablo Mari is still sidelined too. Willian missed out on the match in Vienna on Thursday and faces a fitness test ahead of this one, and the same is true of Dani Ceballos.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Scored the winning goal in mid-week and remains the pivotal point in the Arsenal attack.
Alexandre Lacazette – Goals against Fulham, West Ham and Liverpool already this season point to some much-improved forward play.
Willian – If he is fit he could be a key addition back into the attacking line-up given his goals and assists from the wing.
Arsenal lost 1-0 to Manchester City last weekend, on their return from the international break. They got back to winning ways in mid-week, however, as David Luiz and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored in a 2-1 comeback victory against Rapid Wien.
Defenders:Gabriel Magalhaes, David Luiz, Sead Kolasinac
Midfielders:Hector Bellerin, Dani Ceballos, Granit Xhaka, Bukayo Saka
Forwards:Willian, Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Jamie Vardy is due back in training on Friday and should come into contention, but Ricardo Pereira, Caglar Soyuncu, Daniel Amartey and Wilfred Ndidi are all long-term absentees.
James Maddison – The tricky creative midfielder scored the opening goal in mid-week and his return to action is a big boost in attack.
Jamie Vardy – His fitness could be key ahead of this game, given he scored three goals against Manchester City and two against West Brom.
Harvey Barnes – The winger was another to score in the win against Zorya in mid-week, and he is another key to their attacking play.
Leicester have lost their last two league games without scoring a goal, despite putting five past Manchester City in a 5-2 win before that. They lost 3-0 to West Ham and 1-0 to Aston Villa either side of the international break. Last time out, however, James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and Kelechi Iheanacho were all on target in a 3-0 UEFA Europa League win.
Defenders:Timothy Castagne, Wes Morgan, Jonny Evans, James Justin
Midfielders:Youri Tielemans, Nampy Mendy
Attacking Midfielders:Harvey Barnes, Cengiz Under, James Maddison
Arsenal have already beaten Leicester once this season, as they won 2-0 in the Carabao Cup last month. A Christian Fuchs own goal and Eddie Nketiah’s late strike ensured an away win at the King Power Stadium. Last season, the Gunners drew 1-1 at home but lost 2-0 away. Here are the results of the last five matches:
Sep 23, 2020: Leicester City 0-2 Arsenal
Jul 07, 2020: Arsenal 1-1 Leicester City
Nov 09, 2019: Leicester City 2-0 Arsenal
Apr 28, 2019: Leicester 3-0 Arsenal
Oct 22, 2018: Arsenal 3-1 Leicester City
Defeats in their last two matches mean Leicester need something from this game, but they come up against an Arsenal team lacking consistency too.
The Gunners lost 1-0 to Manchester City last weekend, who had learned their lessons from the defeat to Leicester City a couple of weeks earlier.
The Foxes peaked early with that result but have failed to back it up – not even scoring in their two league games since.
It may be then, that injury news is the key factor ahead of this match.
Jamie Vardy’s fitness – with James Maddison already back in the team and firing – could be vital, as Leicester look to get back in the goals.
Likewise, if Dani Ceballos and Willian are passed fit for Arsenal, the Gunners look a stronger unit and certainly capable of getting back to winning ways.
Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are both in the goals already this season and, against a Leicester defence that shipped three against West Ham, they should relish this occasion.
Mikel Arteta’s tactics have paid off on several occasions, not least at home.
The Gunners can maintain their excellent home record with another win in this game.
Arsenal are odds-on favourites to beat Leicester City and can be backed at 23/25 to win this game.
With Leicester firing blanks in their last two games, and with a question mark over Jamie Vardy’s fitness, you can bet against both teams to score at 13/10 with 888sport.
Under 2.5 goals will return 23/20 with 888sport.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a best price of 10/11 with 888sport to score at any time and Alexandre Lacazette is 11/8 with 888sport.
The Gunners have a good record at home in 2020 and can maintain that against a Leicester side lacking consistency in the league.