By Bulldog Drummond
So what we have learned thus far is that Jamie Vardy will play having missed Leicester’s League cup match and with a knee injury. But Ricardo Pereira and Ayoze Perez are doubts due to injury and illness, although not both at the same time.
Ben White came off with an illness in our latest cup triumph. There is no further news as to how Martin Odegaard and Kieran Tierney are, after missing the league cup game.
The BBC is maintaining their downbeat approach to Arsenal, Mark Lawrenson saying, “I am still not convinced by Arsenal, especially on the road. They are on a nice little unbeaten run but, other than Tottenham, they have not beaten anyone you wouldn’t expect them to – their other wins were against Norwich, Burnley, AFC Wimbledon, Aston Villa and Leeds.”
The fact is that three quarters – of our games during the league season are against teams from outside the traditional big six, so of course the list of clubs we have played of late are not in the big six. That’s how it works! One might have thought Lawrenson would realise by now, but I suppose he’s told old to learn maths having never got it thus far.
But then why cut out Tottenham from the list – or could it be that Tottenham were predicted to do quite well this season, by the same writer? Hmmm…
And it goes on, “The Gunners were fortunate to nick a point at home to Crystal Palace too and, although they have turned a corner in terms of results, really you are just waiting for the next poor performance from them – because it will come.”
But the fact is Leicester are not consistent. For example, they haven’t won three successive league games since the opening three fixtures, and since winning their one and only title, they have come 12th, ninth twice and fifth twice.
Worse for them, they have lost six and drawn one of their last 13 league games, and stopped the opposition scoring in just one of the last 15 games.
Only Chelsea have done better than our 14 away points in the last six fixtures, and we have lost just two of the last 11 away games. All we need to do is to up the number of attempts on target and with Aubameyang coming back into form, Smith Rowe absolutely scintillating (he’s created 13 PL chances this season, and provided two assists in the last four games) and Saka fully rested midweek, we should add the one missing stat, which is several away goals.
So the team: the Guardian goes with…
Tomiyasu White Gabriel Tavares
Saka Partey Lakonga Smith Rowe
As ever for the beach they list everyone possible: Leno, Hein, Okonkwo, Chambers, Holding, Soares, Marí, Tierney, Kolasinac, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Pépé, Ødegaard, Balogun, Martinelli, Nketiah
Leicestershire Live don’t give us an Arsenal team but they do say, “It was thought that Arsenal would be without three of their most important players for their trip to the King Power Stadium, namely defenders Kieran Tierney and Ben White, and attacking midfielder Martin Odegaard.
“But Mikel Arteta has now revealed that the trio are all in contention to play against the Foxes, in what could prove to be a pivotal match in the 2021/22 Premier League season.”
Tomiyasu White Gabriel Tierney
Saka Odegaard Smith Rowe
Sky are one of a few places that think we will nick this one – they give us a 0-1 win, but no team suggestion.
Football London go for quite a meander but in the end settle on
Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tavares;
Saka, Partey, Lokonga, Smith Rowe;
which by and large looks remarkably familiar when you come to think of it.
So I suspect it is fair to say it is going to be something along those lines.
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