Leicester v Arsenal, EFL Cup
The top cherry of the third round of the EFL Cup fixtures sees Leicester City hosting Arsenal at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The Foxes have had a brilliant start to the season well, winning 3-0 away to West Bromwich Albion and 4-2 at home to Burnley to go top of the charts on goal difference. Coach Brendan Rodgers will certainly appreciate this start, after enduring a disappointing finish to last season where they went on a poor run to miss out on Champions League places.
They’ve performed well in this competition, losing just one of their last 14 and have reached the quarter-finals in each of the last three seasons.
They have a tough game away at Manchester City coming up this weekend and Brendan Rodgers will be looking to rotate his squad.
Just like Leicester, Arsenal have also had a 100% start to this season after seeing off Fulham and West Ham United in their opening two fixtures.
They have a track record of being cup specialists and under coach Mikel Arteta they have already won two cups – the FA Cup at the end of last season and the Community Shield at the start of this season. They have also had great success in this competition having progressed past this stage in 16 of the last 17 seasons.
They travel to Liverpool over the weekend and therefore Arteta, with an eye on that trip,will also resort to squad rotation.
Possible Line Ups
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lEICESTER V ARSENAL MATCH PREVIEW AND BETTING PREDICTIONS
Both of these teams are coming into the game with an air of confidence following the perfect starts to the season. With both teams expected to rotate their squads, we will see a number of exciting youngsters getting a chance to showcase their talents here. Arsenal’s Nketiah came off the bench to score the winner against Westham. He is likely to lead the lines for the Gunners. For Leicester, the mantle is likely to fall on English youngster Demarai Gray and Iheanacho to spearhead the attack. Going by the quality of attacking players and the youthful exuberance we are likely to have in this game, we are going with Both Teams to Score @ 1.75 with 1xBet as our initial betting prediction.
Leicester has been Arsenal’s kryptonite in recent seasons, beating them the last three times at this venue. Whereas both teams are expected to rotate their squads, coach Rodgers is likely to keep the changes to a minimum and he may ultimately have a stronger side to face the Gunners here. With this in mind and going by their incredible record at home against Arsenal we picking them to Win or Draw @ 1.60 with 1xBet betting app as our final call here.