Battle for UCL: Saka’s Arsenal dares Super Eagles stars at Emirates

Battle for UCL: Saka’s Arsenal dares Super Eagles stars at Emirates

The Super Eagles duo of Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho are expected to keep their place in Leicester City line up as they confront Bukayo Saka’s Arsenal.

The Super Eagles stars will be hoping to help the Foxes secure a vital win over the Gunners at the Emirates in order to strengthen their UEFA Champions League qualification.


 

While Iheanacho scored in Leicester’s victory at the weekend, Ndidi was in the heart of midfield pulling the strings.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – JULY 04: Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester City holds off Jordan Ayew of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Crystal Palace at The King Power Stadium on July 4, 2020 in Leicester, United Kingdom. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

Saka on the part also enjoyed a great rave review last week, the 18-years-old celebrate his new long-term deal with a superb goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

 

Saka has been a key member of the Arsenal’s squad this season, contributing eleven assists and three goals so far.

 

Team News

Arsenal are likely to welcome Nicolas Pepe back into the squad after the Ivorian missed the win over Wolverhampton due to the birth of his child.

 

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers says there are “big doubts” over whether Ben Chilwell and James Maddison will be fit enough to feature.

 

Ayoze Perez was forced off against Crystal Palace with an ankle knock but should be available.

 

Head-to-head

Leicester will hope to continue their run against Arsenal as they have won three of their last four league games against Arsenal.

 

The Foxes are aiming to win three consecutive league matches against Arsenal for the first time since 1963.

 

Arsenal are unbeaten in 22 home league games against Leicester.

 

Arsenal have won five and drawn one of their six Premier League games at the Emirates Stadium since defeat by Chelsea in Mikel Arteta’s first home match in charge.

 

They have won three consecutive league games without conceding for the first time since November 2017.

 

Their win over Wolves on Saturday was the Gunners’ first away league victory against a side starting above them in the league table since September 2015, when they won 5-2 at Leicester.

 

Jamie Vardy has scored nine Premier League goals in his nine starts against Arsenal – only Wayne Rooney (12), Robbie Fowler (10) and Harry Kane (10) have scored more against the Gunners.

 

Kelechi Iheanacho has scored in back-to-back Premier League matches for Leicester after just one in his previous 12 in the competition.

LEICESTER, ENGLAND – JULY 04: Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Crystal Palace at The King Power Stadium on July 4, 2020 in Leicester, United Kingdom. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

Manager Brendan Rodgers is without a win in all six of his away games against Arsenal in all competitions.

 

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