On Sunday lunchtime, Arsenal travels to the Midlands to face Leicester at the King Power Stadium in a potentially vital game for the Gunners.
Leicester’s recent Premier League form has been inconsistent, as the Foxes have taken just one point from games with Newcastle and last time out. Brendan Rodgers side had won their previous four league matches to keep themselves in with a chance of finishing in seventh place.
As it stands the Foxes are tenth-place in the table, three points off seventh place, which may be enough to secure Europa League qualification for next season.
Leicester’s recent home form in the top-flight has also been inconsistent. However, a 1-0 defeat by Newcastle in their last home match ended a three-game winning run on home soil for the side from the Midlands.
One stat that does bode well for a home win is that Leicester has won just one of the 15 meetings with Arsenal in the Premier League, suffering ten defeats in the process.
Arsenal head into this clash on the back of consecutive Premier League defeats against Crystal Palace and last time out Wolves. The team from north London conceded at least three goals in each match. In fact, the visitors have now lost three of their last four matches in the top-flight.
Suddenly Unai Emery’s side find themselves outside the Champions League spots, trailing fourth-place Chelsea by a point. The Gunners cannot afford many more slip-ups in the race to secure a top-four spot this season.
The visitors recent away record has been of particular concern in the Premier League of late. Arsenal have now won just two of their last 11 away matches in the English top-flight, while also losing five of their last eight league matches on their travels.
Leicester’s only likely absentee is Daniel Amartey, who looks set to miss out due to injury. Centre-back Wes Morgan will return to the squad after missing the last game due to family issues.
Arsenal will be without Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin, Danny Welbeck, Denis Suarez and Aaron Ramsey due to injuries. Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also a doubt for the clash after missing out last time out.
Arsenal are favourites to win this game at odds of 13/8, despite their poor recent away record. Leicester are odds of 17/10, while the draw is odds of 13/5.
The Gunners cannot afford to keep up their recent poor away form in this game if they are to have any hope of claiming three vital points.
Will Arsenal record a vital victory against Leicester to enhance their top-four hopes?