A big matchup in the Premier League European race is on the schedule Tuesday, July 7, 2020, when Arsenal hosts Leicester City. Arsenal are looking to stay in the Europa League race, while Leicester are hoping to stay in the Champions League positions. This game will air live on NBCSN at 3:15 p.m. EST.
Entering Sunday, July 5, 2020, Arsenal sit in seventh place, with 49 points, and suddenly find themselves in the Europa League race. Arsenal are six points behind fifth place Manchester United for the Europa League spot. The Gunners are just three points behind sixth place Wolves and that spot could end up being the Europa League spot if Manchester City’s ban gets upheld.
Leicester City sit in third place, with 58 points, but have been brought into a tight race. The Foxes are one point ahead of Chelsea, three points ahead of Manchester United, and six points ahead of Wolves.
Nicolas Pepe should return after missing the win over Wolves due to his wife giving birth, while Calum Chambers, Bernd Leno, Pablo Mari and Gabriel Martinelli.
James Maddison is still a doubt with a hip problem, and Rodgers will be sweating on the fitness of Ben Chilwell and Ayoze Perez, who both face late fitness tests after being forced off against Palace.
Arsenal XI: Martinez; Mustafi, Luiz, Tierney; Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Saka; Pepe, Nketiah, Aubameyang
Leicester XI: Schmeichel; Justin, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Praet, Ndidi, Tielemans; Perez; Iheanacho, Vardy
What are the odds?
Arsenal are trending nicely and Arteta is starting to see an understanding from his players as to what he craves from his team. Leicester present another challenge, but even after winning against Palace, not one that should be intimidating given the impressive victory at Molineux last time out. The Gunners look to have more cutting edge and all of a sudden some resilience without the ball. We’ll go for a home win and the latest sign that Arteta is the man to inspire a resurgence at the Emirates. 2-1.