Arsenal welcome Premier League leaders Leicester City to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, 14 February, in a clash that could have strong bearing on the title race.
Where to Watch
Kick-off is at 12pm GMT. Live TV coverage is available on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. Catch the highlights on Match of the Day 2 on BBC One at 10.25pm GMT.
Arsenal will welcome league leaders Leicester City to the Emirates Stadium, the result of which is likely to have a strong bearing on the title race. The Foxes are currently five points clear of the Gunners and will end the weekend as leaders no matter what the result. Arsene Wenger's team have faltered since the start of the year, and won just one of their previous five league games, which has seen them drop from the first to the third place after starting the year as the Premier League leaders. The Gunners' injury crisis is slowly easing with just Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky sidelined at the moment. The former two are expected back in March, while the latter is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Arsenal and Leicester are also battling north London rivals Tottenham and Manchester City in the title race, who are second and fourth respectively. With the duo clashing at the Etihad Stadium following the game at the Emirates, the title cannot be won or lost on Valentine's Day. But it will surely put one or two teams at an advantage in terms of points and confidence going into the rest of the campaign.
The King Power Stadium outfit, meanwhile, are one of the form teams and are coming on the back of a confidence boosting win over Manchester City last weekend. They are clearly the favourites for the title at the moment, and will fancy taking all three points against the Gunners. Claudio Ranieri has maintained that there is no added pressure on the team, and they are simply enjoying the ride. They also have just three players injured, but their star players Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kante are all available and in top form.
What Managers Say
Arsene Wenger"Leicester have more belief than they had in the first game, but we play at home and we know we are a strong team - I'm confident we can deliver."
Claudio Ranieri: Maybe it's a key match for him, but not for us. The pressure is on Arsenal because Arsene spends a lot of money every year and if they don't win it is a disaster. People want to put pressure on us because at the beginning they said: 'OK Leicester sooner or later will drop down'. But now some people are thinking Leicester can win. We've done our job - anything more is fantastic."
Betting Odds (bwin)
- Arsenal to win: 3/4
- Draw: 58/19
- Leicester City to win: 50/13
- Injured: Jack Wilshere (fracture), Santi Cazorla (knee), Rosicky (thigh)
- Suspended: N/A
Possible XI: Cech; Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal; Ramsey, Coquelin; Walcott, Ozil, Sanchez; Giroud.
- Injured: Schlupp, James, Amartey
- Doubtful: N/A
- Suspended: N/A
Possible XI: Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs; Mahrez, Drinkwater, Kante, Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy.