Huge game for both sides this weekend. The ‘one hit wonders’ crowd are warming their vocal chords after Leicester slumped to an opening day defeat to Hull, while the knives are well and truly out for Arsene Wenger already as Arsenal were rolled on their home patch by Liverpool. Both sides will be desperate to win here to shut the critics up and get back on track, while a loss could be disastrous. If Leicester lose, all of their momentum from last season goes with it and it’ll be a huge blow to their confidence. A poor result for Arsenal on the other hand, would put their manager under extreme pressure after just two games and would also leave them a probable six points adrift in the title race.
Arsenal were great going forward last week and will cause the Foxes plenty of grief. It’s the other end they have to worry about, with a makeshift defence shifting four goals at home. In worse news for the Gunners, they’ll face the raw pace of Jamie Vardy and Ahmed Musa, which must be giving Arsene Wenger heart palpitations. With Wenger’s poor track record of rushing injured players back in, you can almost put your house on him risking Laurant Koscielny – which will make a big difference – though Gunners fans will be hoping against hope that the Frenchman doesn’t re-injure himself.
Claudio Ranieri will take confidence in the fact the Arsenal’s game plan should suit his side. Last week, Hull were prepared to give Leicester the ball and sit deep themselves, which didn’t suit the Foxes at all. This week should see Arsenal dominate the play, allowing Ranieri’s men to sit back and counter with their pace. Given Arsenal’s performance last week, he’ll be more than confident they’ll get their chances.
With that in mind, this one looks like it could have goals in it, though the teams look hard to split.
2 — 2 ($11)
Jamie Vardy ($6.50)