Arsenal vs Leicester Preview: How to watch, kick-off time, predicted lineups and ones to watch.
WATFORD, ENGLAND - MARCH 06: Aaron Ramsdale thanks the Arsenal fans after during the Premier League match between Watford and Arsenal at Vicarage Road on March 06, 2022 in Watford, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Last time out.

The Gunners came out on top the last time the two teams met at the King Power earlier on in the season, Aaron Ramsdale putting in a man of the match performance and pulling off what many called the save of the season. Gabriel and Emile Smith Rowe were both on the score sheet for Arsenal as they won 2-0, since then their form has been remarkable, however back then they looked impervious at the back, while there has been some late scares recently, particularly in their last two performances against Brentford and Watford.

Form and a packed schedule.

While Arsenal have no other competitions remaining this season, Leicester are still in the Conference League. Leicester recently played on Thursday in this competition against Rennes, but not much for the hosts to take advantage of as their schedule becomes packed with two games in the week following due to their clash with Liverpool being rescheduled on top of their trip to Aston Villa next Saturday. Last time out, Arsenal visited Vicarage Road in a close encounter where they prevailed 3-2 over Watford while Leicester played Rennes in the Conference League and came out 2-0 victors in that one after a 1-0 victory in the league over Leeds.

The Foxes come into this one, with five wins in their last five in all competitions following their victory over Rennes, this comes after a spell of five games without a win in all competitions. The hosts are still yet to lose in the league since their last gasp defeat to Manchester City at the Emirates as well as their shock FA Cup exit to Nottingham Forest who went on to knock out this weekends opponents in the next round of the tournament. For the hosts, their football is looking better and better by the week offensively and their overall game has been solid, however there has certainly been signs of chinks in the armour late on in games, conceding in the late stages in two of their recent games in the closing stages. Arsenal find themselves chasing top four and with games in hand over the teams around them will be hoping to continue the pace they have set. Arteta's young team has set an impressive record of picking 25 of the last 30 points that have been available to them having only dropped points to Burnley and Manchester City in recent weeks. While for Leicester, they find themselves in a disappointing league table position following last seasons success of a Europa League finish and an FA Cup win, they find themselves sitting in 12th with two wins in their last five league games.

Team news.

It has been a season marred by injuries for Arsenal, such as their struggle for a midfield in January with players away for AFCON as well as injuries and suspensions, but now they look to be almost at a clean bill of health, Takehiro Tomiyasu is almost at a return to full fitness, he has struggled with a calf injury the past few weeks and has not featured since the cup exit to Liverpool. They will be boosted by the return of their top scorer Emile Smith-Rowe hopefully, as he has not been in match day squads since the game against Brentford due to illness as well as a positive test.  Despite positive signs of both players returning to training this week, the two are a major doubt to take part on Sunday, this is not too much of a concern for the team, Cedric has been in fine form since being needed to step in, as well as a number of players who can step in out wide on the left side.

For the visitors, Leicester are without the services of veteran striker Jamie Vardy for this tie, due to a knock to his knee which rules him out for a few weeks, this will be welcoming news for the hosts but there is still the danger of Kelechi Iheanacho for the Foxes. On top of this, the comeback for French international Wesley Fofana will be delayed after a positive test. The defender, who has just pen to paper on a new five year contract for the club has missed the whole season up to this point after suffering a broken leg in pre season. The side do have two players returning in James Maddison from his back injury and James Justin from his hamstring injury.

Players to watch

Bukayo Saka

Bukayo Saka has been in fine form for the Gunners as of late and is one of the main inspirations for their surge up the table, with goals against Brentford and Watford in recent weeks, he will be hoping to add to his tally here today.

James Maddison

For Leicester, they will be without star man Jamie Vardy, but they have Maddison returning to the side and the creative attacking midfielder can certainly cause some problems for the Arsenal defence, with 12 goals and seven assists to his name already this season, the hosts will be aware of his presence today.

Predicted lineups

Arsenal: Ramsdale, Cedric, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Xhaka, Partey, Odegaard, Martinelli, Saka, Lacazette

Leicester: Schmeichel, Justin, Soyuncu, Thomas, Amartey, Ndidi, Tielemans, Dewsbury-Hall, Barnes, Maddison, Daka

How to watch

Arsenal's fixture against Leicester will be televised this time around with the sides kicking off at 16:30 GMT on Sky Sports with coverage available from 16:00 GMT.

 

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