Both Leicester City and Arsenal would have been aiming to finish in the European places before a ball was kicked but they have experienced mixed starts to each campaign. Coming into Saturday’s 12.30pm kick off, the Foxes sit in ninth place in the Premier League table while Mikel Arteta’s Gunners are just one position behind.
Both teams have 14 points after their first nine matches and only a slightly superior goal difference puts Leicester ahead. This is, therefore, an important game in terms of that European qualification and the respective league positions mean that it’s a tight one to call.
A team with two evenly matched sides can generally lead to some excellent match betting options and that is the case here. There are odds against prices on all three possible outcomes with a win for Leicester City just ahead at a general 6/4. Victory for Arsenal is up next at an average of around 7/4 while the draw rounds things off at 12/5.
The table is tight between these two and they have made similar starts to the new campaign. Poor early results were followed by an improvement and that means that there’s little to split Leicester and Arsenal in terms of recent form. The Gunners shade the form book, but only marginally and this is a tough away trip for any side.
This LCFC vs AFC preview will come back to the result later on but let’s firstly look at the individual goal scoring markets which focus on the players who can alter the course of the game. There are three joint favourites in a number of places with Leicester’s Jamie Vardy, and the Arsenal pair of Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette all available at 9/2 to find the net first.
Elsewhere, you can currently get best industry odds of 11/2 with Bet365 on Vardy and Lacazette so it’s worth doing your comparisons. Of those three, Leicester’s Vardy has the better record this season with seven goals in the league and there could be some value attached to that 11/2 figure.
For longer odds from further down the field, Thomas Partey scored his first league goal for Arsenal in the win over Aston Villa. If you think that strike can inspire him to double his tally, there are tempting best odds of 28/1 on Partey to open the scoring in Saturday’s match.
Away from the individual player betting, Both Teams to Score is as short as this preview was expecting at a general 4/6. Leicester City have been especially free-flowing of late with their recent highlight coming in that 4-2 thrashing of Manchester United.
Arsenal have picked up following a shy start in front of goal and BTTS looks about as certain as those odds suggest.
Are there any better options in the Total Goals betting? A safer stake Above the 2.5 line is currently met with best odds of 5/6 but, if we push just one stage further to Over 3.5, we can get a respectable odds against figure of 9/4.
Over to the Correct Score betting now, and with two closely-matched teams who aren’t having trouble finding the net, there should be some interest in the 2-2 draw. Alternatively, for a high scoring positive result, a 3-1 victory for Leicester City is on offer at a general 18/1 while the same outcome in favour of Arsenal is slightly further back at 20/1.
Our Preview’s Leicester vs Arsenal Betting Tips Verdict
There is still a long way to go but both teams seem to have found their shooting range after sluggish starts to the new season. In their last four league games, Arsenal have scored eight goals while Leicester City have found the net on 10 occasions over the same period.
We know that this type of trend can end abruptly and that Arsenal sides are not always known for their attacking flair. However, that boost in striking form continued in the EFL Cup for both sides in midweek and we’ll therefore back another high scorer.
Odds of 9/4 in the Total Goals betting are relatively generous for this type of game so that’s going to be our first side bet. In contrast, while Both Teams to Score looks a solid option, it’s just too short at its 4/6 price.
As an alternative, we’ll take Leicester for the win: Arsenal have hauled themselves away from the bottom of the table after three games and have undoubtedly been impressive of late. However, Leicester look to be back to their consistent best with the form that’s made them regular top four contenders. With some home advantage thrown in, a win for Brendan Rodgers’ side looks the more likely result. So these are our LCFC vs AFC betting tips for this preview: