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Premier League Betting Preview – Arsenal v Leicester

We have just entered the Chinese Year of the Monkey, but Leicester City will hope to take one step closer to making it the Year of the Fox with victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium this Sunday.

Claudio Ranieri’s men are five points clear at the top of the Premier League, and a win this weekend would cement their position as surprise title favourites.

However, Arsenal’s quality should not be discounted, the Gunners being one of just two sides to hand Leicester a defeat this season, in a 5-2 hammering at the King Power Stadium back in September.

Leicester have now won three games in a row, coolly disposing of Liverpool and Manchester City in the process, while Arsenal’s patchy recent form has taken an upward turn in the last two weeks, securing seven points from an available nine.

Arsenal will be without long-term absentees Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Danny Welbeck, while Leicester’s £6m January signing Daniel Amartey could be set to make his debut.

In spite of the five-point gap between the two sides, Arsenal are clear favourites to do the double over the Foxes, with Totesport, Betfred and Coral offering best odds of 4/5.

The return from injury of Francis Coquelin should provide Arsene Wenger’s side with the midfield base to allow star players Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez to shine.

If Arsenal’s key men turn up this weekend, they should have the quality to make good on those odds, and close the gap on Leicester at the top of the table.

However, Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, scorers of 32 goals between them this term, showed they have the quality to make light work of the Premier League’s top teams against Manchester City last weekend.

Arsene Wenger’s side will be in for a testing ninety minutes should they fail to neutralise that attacking threat, with Vardy priced at 6/1 to open the scoring with most bookmakers.

Given the seven- goal thriller that occurred last time these sides met in the Premier League, Boylesports’ odds of 7/10 for goals to be scored in both halves are certainly worth a look.

Tom Lewis
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