Arsenal face off against Leicester City this weekend and you can’t help but feel as if the two clubs have switched places in recent seasons.
The Gunners enter the game without a win across their last four Premier League games and sit a lowly 11th in the table.
In stark contrast, Brendan Rodgers’ men are absolutely flying in the top division and sit joint-second as they look to make up for last year’s implosion in the top-four race by making the Champions League. If you check out footballwhispers blog post about william hill you’ll see that they are just one of the bookies who back Leicester to achieve qualification.
With regards to team news, the north London outfit are welcoming the returns of both Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey, who both featured in Thursday’s win over Benfica.
Meanwhile, the Foxes boast a lengthy injury list which welcomed its latest entrant in the form of James Maddison, who has suffered a recurrence of a hip injury forced him out last year. It also has James Justin (knee), Ayoze Perez (knee), Dennis Praet (hamstring) and Wesley Fofana (hamstring).
After last campaign’s dismal state of affairs in the league, Arsenal supporters most likely assumed it couldn’t get worse.
However, it has with Mikel Arteta’s men struggling badly this season. Losses at home to the likes of Aston Villa, Burnley, Wolves and this weekend’s opponents have left the side facing an uphill battle to finish in the top-half, never mind the European places.
Much has been deliberated about just how things have got this bad, however, there’s been a clear lack of attacking threat with the Emirates Stadium giants having scored just 31 times in their 25 league games.
There seems to be no such worries for the Midlands outfit, who have let in just over one goal a game and scored 44 during their 25 outings.
The highlight of their season came quite early on as they dismantled a hapless Manchester City side to win 5-2 at the Etihad Stadium.
It’s hard to see anything but a win for Leicester City. Their performances matched with Arsenal’s incompetencies in big games this season makes for a sorry outcome this Sunday.
And should the Gunners lose, I would be hard to see any way the side can finish in the top-four. Arteta has already seemingly given up hope of chasing down a European place after labelling yesterday’s win over the Liga NOS outfit as a ‘final’.
Meanwhile, you’d feel another home win would further strengthen Leicester’s hopes of finishing in the top-four, a fine outcome for what has been a great year for the Foxes.