Preview - Leicester City vs Arsenal 10 May 2018

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Match Day 37
Leicester City vs Arsenal
Thursday, May 10th, 2018
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: King Power Stadium

Leicester City: 
Last five matches form: L L D L L
Average goals per match: 1.36
Average goals against per match: 1.50
Top Scorer: Jamie Vardy (17)

Last five matches form: W D L L W
Average goals per match: 2.00
Average goals against per match: 1.50
Top Scorer: Alexandre Lacazette (14)

With Arsenal already certain of finishing sixth and only sixth, and Leicester City slumping but still sure to finish somewhere in midtable, there isn't all that much on the line here.

The Foxes only real incentive may come from at least wanting to put up a positive showing in front of their own fans in their final home game of the season.

Arsenal meanwhile are surely sick of hearing the fact that they haven't picked up a single point away from the Emirates in 2018 and will be keen to put an end to that run here.

Matty James definitely misses out for Claude Puel's men, with a further seven players being listed as doubtful as a long season begins to take its toll on the Leicester squad.

Arsenal aren't without injury concerns of their own. Mohamed Elneny and Laurent Koscielny definitely miss out, Santi Cazorla is not yet fit and Mesut Ozil looks doubtful.

Whilst much will be made of Arsenal's away form headed into this game, Leicester's recent displays at home haven't been great either, having failed to beat Swansea, Stoke, Bournemouth, Newcastle United, Southampton and West Ham in their past six here at the King Power.

Buoyed by their demolition of Burnley at the weekend we will take the Gunners to come out on top in what may well be an entertaining encounter to finally end their away day hoodoo.

 Prediction: Leicester City 2 - 4 Arsenal


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 3 - 1
Shots: 19 - 14
Shots on target: 10 - 7
Corner Kicks: 6 - 6
Possession: 40% - 60%

Graham Scott booked Danny Simpson and Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City. Arsenal had Rob Holding and Granit Xhaka shown yellow in addition to a straight red for Konstantinos Mavropanos.

It all went wrong for the Gunners in the space of two first half minutes at the King Power.

After 14 minutes Arsene Wenger's men found themselves behind. A Christian Fuchs cross from deep on the left finding Fousseni Diabate at the far post. Diabate nodding the ball back to Kelechi Iheanacho around nine yards from goal. Iheanacho volleying into the bottom right corner.

Already a goal down, the Gunners found themselves also a man down in the 15th minute. Iheanacho at the heart of it again. This time being hauled down by Konstantinos Mavropanos when clean through. Straight red card for Mavropanos.

Leicester couldn't build further on their lead in the opening period, and in the 53rd minute Arsenal were back on level terms. Ainsely Maitland-Niles - who certainly looks comfortable at this level -cutting the ball back from the right to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the area. The Gabon front man's initial effort was well saved by Eldin Jakupovic, but Aubameyang was first to the rebound to rifle into the top corner.

Arsenal were just about getting on top, despite being a man down, before a defensive lapse again proved their undoing in the 75th minute. Henrikh Mkhtaryan tripping Demarai Gray in the area and Jamie Vardy firing the resultant spot kick into the top left corner.

Riyah Mahrez confirmed the destination of the points in the 90th minute. Cutting in from the right before then cutting back onto his right foot to finish past Petr Cech. 3-1 final score.

No change for either side in terms of League position, with Arsenal remaining sixth and Leicester ninth, although the Foxes do close the gap to eighth placed Everton to just two points.

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