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Leicester City Vs Arsenal Preview: Top Two From Last Season Looking To Bounce Back

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Snehanjan Banerjee
Snehanjan used to a former columnist at The 4th Official. Fan of KK, Cricket and Liverpool (in no particular order).

The two sides that finished top two in the Premier League last season will go head to head on Saturday. Leicester City, who defied all odds last season to clinch the title were upset on the opening day itself by Premier League new boys Hull City. The Foxes will be keen to bounce back from the 2-1 loss to the Tigers on the opening day. Meanwhile, Arsenal finished on the wrong side of the seven-goal thriller against Liverpool last weekend.

Both sides will be looking to seal their first win of the season as they clash against each other. Even though the last campaign was a season where everything went right for the Foxes but Arsenal were the only team to complete a double against them. Arsenal came out 5-2 winners at the King Power in September before striking late to edge a 2-1 victory at the Emirates in February.

Leicester City hold a poor head to head record against Arsenal failing to win any of their last 19 Premier League games against the Gunners. Both teams looking for a win desperately, we can expect a classic when the two clubs collide against each other on Saturday.

Team news

Leicester City

A good news for Leicester City is that Robert Huth is back in contention after serving his suspension. Ranieri has a clean bill of fit players and can choose the strongest XI for the game.

Leicester City's German defender Robert Huth and Leicester City's English defender Wes Morgan (centre right) embrace after the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Manchester City at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on December 29, 2015. The game finished 0-0. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / AFP / ADRIAN DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Leicester City’s German defender Robert Huth and Leicester City’s English defender Wes Morgan (centre right) embrace after the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Manchester City at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on December 29, 2015. The game finished 0-0. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS

Arsenal

Arsenal’s injury crisis has gone from bad to worse with the injuries to Aaron Ramsey and Alex Iwobi. Ramsey had been fast-tracked back to the starting line-up whilst fellow Euro 2016 semi-finalists Ozil, Koscielny and Giroud were not even in the squad. The Welsh midfielder picked up a hamstring injury and both he and Alex Iwobi could be out until after the international break. Injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista mean that Chambers and Holding could once again pair up at the heart of the defence or else Wenger could turn towards Koscielny who still lacks match fitness.

Predicted lineups

Leicester City (4-4-2)

Schmeichel; Simpson, Hernandez, Morgan, Fuchs; Mahrez, Mendy, Drinkwater, Gray; Musa, Vardy

Arsenal (4-2-3-1)

Cech; Bellerin, Koscielny, Chambers, Monreal; Xhaka, Elneny, Walcott, Cazorla, Sanchez; Giroud

Prediction

We got to see plenty of goals when the two sides met last season. The same could happen this time as well. Arsene Wenger does not have the luxury of fielding his best starting XI but Arsenal still gave a strong fight to Liverpool last week. Leicester City, meanwhile, looked shaky and lacking confidence against Hull. We predict a 2-1 win for Arsenal.

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