Now the restart of the Premier League is well underway that matches are coming thick and fast and Tuesday 7th July see’s Leicester City head to The Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal.
It is a huge match for both clubs with Leicester City still battling for a Champions League top 4 spot and Arsenal still have outside ambitions, however unlikely, to claim a Europa League spot.
There is no hiding from the fact though that this is going to be a very hard match for Leicester. Although the team played a lot better against Crystal Palace in their 3-0 victory on Saturday the form has certainly been patchy since the restart with the club failing to really hit the ground running.
Arsenal also had a tough restart but have since found some form and have won their last 4 matches. It won’t help the Leicester cause that there are big injury doubts over Ben Chilwell and James Maddison.
It will be interesting to see how the Leicester City team line up against Arsenal as Brendan Rodgers is never shy when it comes to make changes, whether that is the starting line up or during the match. In fact having started with a 4-4-2 formation against Crystal Palace they ended the match playing 3 at the back with wing backs.
There are suggestions that the 3 at the back formation may stay and that is how Leicester will start against Arsenal. The injury to Ben Chilwell does pose a problem though. The likely replacement would be Christian Fuchs but having been a bit part player now for a couple of seasons he may struggle to last 90 minutes as a box to box wing back.
We are pretty much certain to see Evans and Soyuncu start but we then start having to guess, due to what formation they decide to start. We may actually see Ryan Bennett make his first start for Leicester if they play 3 at the back. This could then see James Justin and Marc Albrighton take the wing back spots or Christian Fuchs also in the running for a start.
Wilfred Ndidi is another one who is almost certain to start in the holding midfield role with possibly Tielemans alongside him. In fact if they do go 3 at the back it gives the chance for the 5 more advanced players who started against Crystal Palace to start again, meaning 2 strikers ‘up top’ with Vardy and Iheanacho leading the line and Perez playing in the hole behind.
What we have seen in the past though is it is pretty hard to predict what Brendan Rodgers will do so there is every chance we could be completely wrong and he starts with a completely different formation and starting 11.
Leicester City aren’t the only team with selection problems with Ozil and Guendouzi both reportedly set not to be involved.
What we do know though is it should be an entertaining match that both teams will be looking to win. The bookies have Arsenal as favourites but you can get a generous 28/13 from SportNation for a Leicester win. We do expect goals as well so a 2-1 Leicester City may be the way to go if you like to have a bet, you can get 11/1 from Bet365 for that. You might also want to visit online-bookies.org.uk if you are betting for some free betting offers and reviews.
With the game kicking off at 8.15pm and being shown live on Sky Sports hopefully most Leicester fans will get to watch the game and the team take home another 3 points.