Leicester City vs Arsenal
England – Carabao Cup
Date: Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: King Power Stadium (Leicester).
Leicester City and Arsenal face off in the pick of the EFL Cup third-round ties at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The winner of the all-Premier League affair will take on either Lincoln City or Liverpool next week for a place in the quarter-finals.
Leicester City vs Arsenal Head-to-head (h2h)
- The host has recorded three of the last five overall wins.
- Their previous encounter resulted in a 1-1 draw.
- Only two of their last ten matches have ended in a draw.
- Both teams have scored in three of the recent five clashes.
- The host is unbeaten at home for the past four fixtures.
- The Gunners haven’t scored in three of their last five visits.
Leicester City vs Arsenal Prediction
This all-Premier League tie is among the highlights of the round, with Arsenal coming in with optimism as favourites. However, the Gunners failed to win at any of the league’s top six last term so they should be worried here.
Arsenal produced just two points from those six trips, which included a loss at Leicester. The Foxes have won each of the last three meetings between the pair at the King Power, while Brendan Rodgers has seen his men start with two wins and seven goals in the Premier League. That’s their best start since their title-winning campaign.
The hosts are expected to play a strong side this week, with Jamie Vardy’s record against Arsenal likely to prove decisive. The golden boot holder has hit 10 goals in his 10 meetings with the Gunners, with seven of those coming in the last six clashes. He’s good value to add to that run
We see Vardy firing Leicester to a victory on Wednesday, with the Foxes worth backing at an attractive price. The Foxes’ home Premier League record against side who finished below them last term was 11 wins, three draws and one defeat. That has us siding with the hosts, while we’re backing a 2-1 correct score prediction.
Mesut Ozil has not been part of Arsenal’s matchday squad for their first two games back, but the playmaker is not carrying an injury and may be in Arteta’s thoughts here.
Arteta has plenty of other attacking options, however, including the likes of Nicolas Pepe, Joe Willock and Nketiah, who deserves a start after his late winner versus West Ham.
Dijon goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson has been tipped to join ahead of Wednesday’s match and could be in line for a swift debut, but Matt Macey is otherwise standing by.
Leicester confirmed the arrival of Cengiz Under from Roma on Sunday and he could make his first appearance in this one, though Demarai Gray and Marc Albrighton are also pushing for starts.
Kelechi Iheanacho, another who will be keen to get the nod, has been involved in 11 goals in 14 EFL Cup appearances for the Foxes.
Jonny Evans is still not available for the hosts, so a combination of Wes Morgan and Caglar Soyuncu is likely at the back.
Leicester City possible starting lineup:
Ward; Justin, Morgan, Soyuncu, Thomas; Choudhury, Mendy; Gray, Maddison, Albrighton; Iheanacho
Arsenal possible starting lineup:
Macey; Cedric, Saliba, Luiz, Holding, Kolasinac; Elneny, Guendouzi; Pepe, Nketiah, Saka