Free Soccer Picks: Arsenal & Alexis Sanchez To Rebound Against Leicester City

Nikki Adams

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 1:24 PM GMT

Bookies tip the Gunners as the runaway favourites against bottom dwellers Leicester City at the Emirates. With the game firmly cornered with the hosts so, where are the value soccer picks?

Arsenal Prohibitive Faves
The Gunners are the prohibitive -350 faves on the soccer odds board for their week 25 date with Leicester City. Few soccer bettors expect Arsenal to drop any points in this game. Arsenal's record against lesser outfits is solid with 19 points from a possible 21 at home against clubs that rank below them in the Premier League table. It doesn't get lower than 20th-ranked Leicester City calling on Tuesday.

 

Arsenal To Rebound
Arsenal are coming off a disappointing loss to Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend. The 2-1 loss at White Hart Lane saw Arsenal drop to sixth place in the table with a 12-6-6 mark and 42 points. That said, only three points separate them from Southampton (3rd in the table), so a Big Four finish remains in plain sight.

The Gunners will look to rebound in a big way over the hapless Foxes, proprietors of bottom place for some time in the league now. Leicester are 20th behind a 4-5-15 mark  and 17 points, which includes a 2-4-6 record at home and a 2-1-9 record on the road. Most concerning, the Foxes have netted just 8 goals on the road all while conceding 21 goals.

The Gunners will need to be careful not to underestimate the Foxes for a second time this season. In the last meeting at King Power Stadium, the Gunners succumbed to a shocking 1-1 draw. After taking the lead in the 20th minute, they allowed the Foxes to equalise just 2 minutes later. The worst bit: there was plenty of time left to exert their might over the Premier League upstarts, but the somehow Gunners failed to come through with all three points.

The gap in depth and quality is one of the main reasons few would doubt the Gunners in this matchup. Form at home is also auspicious, snuffing any soupcon of hope the Foxes may entertain ahead of this clash. The Gunners are riding a seven-game winning streak at home across all competitions, which includes a staggering five clean sheets (combined they've outscored opponents 19-2).

 

Leicester City Long Shots
Leicester City are matched at ridiculous +1100 soccer odds for the upset at the Emirates, a happenstance that is as improbable as  the sun forgetting to rise in the morning. Going against Leicester City in this game is just about everything, from the hosts' superiority to their own inferiority. Recent form as well is nothing to write home about with 8 losses in their last ten games (1-1-8) on the road in England's top flight.

Most recently, Leicester are after a 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace, marking their third straight defeat in Premier League. They can't seem to buy a win no matter how hard they try and if they continue on this poor vein of form, they'll be almost certainly relegated by season-end.

 

Soccer Betting Tips and Picks:
An Arsenal win would appear to be straightforward, which makes their -350 soccer odds an almost sure play. Admittedly, the profit margin on this bet is low.

 For additional value soccer picks, bettors are going to have to look at other markets. Half time markets offer some great angles for profit: Arsenal to win both halves is trading at -138 and a draw-Arsenal result is matched at +275. Of these two potential bets, the former is the safest option given current form and trends at the Emirates.

Most anticipate a high-scoring affair to emerge from this encounter, with Arsenal doing most of the scoring obviously.  The Over 2.5 at -188 is a good option as is the Over 3.5 at +150. As well, the Asian handicap offers up another alternative for soccer bettors to consider on their soccer picks. Arsenal is trading at -1.5 (1.850) at Bet365.

Free Soccer Picks: Arsenal -350; Arsenal to win both halves at -138

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