Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
King Power Stadium will host Wednesday’s EFL Cup game between Leicester City and Arsenal. The Foxes made a promising start to the season, with the team outplaying both WBA and Burnley in the Premier League, and they are now ready for their EFL Cup debut. Despite failing to find the net in the 4-2 win over Clarets, experienced attacker Jamie Vardy is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts. The likes of Benkovic, Evans, and Pereira are likely to miss the game with injury for the hosts.
The Gunners, on the other hand, aim to build on back-to-back wins over Fulham and West Ham United. Greek defender Sokratis is rated doubtful for the Leicester game, while Mustafi, Martinelli, Smith Rowe, and Chambers remain in the recovery room. Anyhow, given the attacking potential of the two sides, both teams to score betting option should be considered. A man to watch in the away team will be summer signing Willian, who has already started paying off.
Highlighted Player (Jamie Vardy):
Spending his early career playing no-league football, Jamie Vardy made the headlines when he joined Leicester City in a £1 million deal in 2012, but little did he know that he would go on to become a genuine Premier League star just three years later.
The experienced forward helped the Foxes gain promotion to the elite division and then score more than 20 goals as they mounted an unlikely title bid, earning worldwide acclaim as well as a place in the England squad. Vardy went on to score his first two goals for the Three Lions in March 2016 friendlies, with his back-heel goal against Germany in Berlin seeing him instantly become a fans’ favourite.
Over the years, Vardy has earned a reputation as a striker who never gives up and can be a real menace for opposition defenders, but his excellent goalscoring record and good link-up play are enough to suggest he can be described as a mix of old-style pacey forwards and modern strikers.
Highlighted Team (Arsenal):
Arsenal are regarded as one of the best English teams. The Gunners have won 12 FA Cup trophies, 13 league titles and two League Cups, but they have yet to lift the Champions League trophy. Arsene Wenger’s team were on the verge of beating Barcelona in the Champions League final back in 2006, but they eventually failed to win the prestigious title.
Arsenal used to play their homes at Highbury, but in 2006 they moved to the Emirates Stadium. The capacity of the stadium is 60,260. The Gunners won their last Premier League trophy back in 2004, with the capital club going through the season without a single loss. The likes of Thierry Henry, Denis Bergkamp and Robert Pires were part of the team back then, but Arsenal have not won the league trophy ever since.
Arsenal was founded by Woolwich munitions workers as Dial Square back in 1886. It is well known that Tottenham Hotspur are Arsenal’s fiercest rivals and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals meet in the North London derby.