Soccer Picks: Expect Jamie Vardy To Score At Anytime In Arsenal vs. Leicester High Scoring Affair

Martin Green

Thursday, February 11, 2016 1:47 PM UTC

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 1:47 PM UTC

We select our soccer picks with Leicester on a great run of form, but Arsenal will fancy their chances of putting the brakes on City’s remarkable season.

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Free Soccer Pick: Over 2.5 goals; Jamie Vardy to score at anytime - 'Yes'
Best Line Offered: at Bet365


This is a mouth-watering clash between two exciting sides now locked in a fierce battle to seize the Premier League crown. Leicester are on a magnificent run of form and will be full of confidence, but after thrashing them 5-2 earlier in the season, Arsenal will fancy their chances of putting the brakes on City’s remarkable season.

With champions Chelsea a shadow of the side that won the league at a canter last season, Man Utd badly struggling, Liverpool in transition and Man City stuttering, this was supposed to be Arsenal’s year. After beating Man City and starting 2016 top of the league, they were installed as clear favorites for the title. But things have since gone pear shaped. They went four games without a win and, despite beating Bournemouth last time out, they now find themselves a full five points behind Leicester.

During that period, the Foxes have enjoyed a sensational run of form. They drew with bottom club Aston Villa, but that was a mere blip as they swatted aside the challenge of Stoke, beat title rivals Tottenham, comfortably vanquished Liverpool and then stunned everyone by thrashing Man City last time out. This run of games – Liverpool, Man City and then Arsenal – was predicted by all and sundry to be the period that saw Leicester fall away as title contenders. Quite the opposite has happened, and they really are firing on all cylinders at the moment.


Game Overview
But Sunday’s game should prove to be the sternest test. Arsenal are one of only two teams to beat Leicester this season (Liverpool were the other, but the Foxes for their revenge earlier this month) and the manner of the win will give City manager Claudio Ranieri cause for concern. It was an open, free-flowing game and an Alexis Sanchez hattrick destroyed Leicester in the end. They have since tightened up at the back, but they are not a team that likes to sit back and soak up pressure, and that will play into Arsenal’s hands. Arsenal hate playing against teams that park the bus, and they love playing against teams that try to match them with fast-paced, attacking football. The best way to beat Arsenal is to kick them and contain them and frustrate them. Leicester won’t do that – it’s not in their nature.

Arsenal therefore justify their status as odds-on favorites in the soccer odds boards for this game. They are best priced at -120 with Coral, which is a great price when many sportsbooks are only offering -142. They are the home side, they know how to beat Leicester having won both their last two meetings and they will be desperate to make up ground in the title race. At the start of the season, nobody expected this fixture to be important as Leicester were seen as relegation candidates. Such has been their remarkable form that broadcasters have decided to move the game to Sunday and televise it. The world will be watching and Arsenal now have the big game experience to step up and be counted. Mesut Ozil is a World Cup winner, Petr Cech has won a host of trophies, Alexis Sanchez has won Copa America, these players have won FA Cup finals – it is time for them to prove their mettle on the big stage.


Betting Analysis & Main Picks
That being said, it has been folly to bet against Leicester all season. Few would have expected them to beat Man City, but they barely broke a sweat as they annihilated them. That makes the +400 on offer at Betway a great price for our soccer picks. Rarely do you see such long odds in an outright bet on a team that is top of the league in February. You can also get +300 on the draw with Betway, which seems convinced Arsenal will prevail, offering just -150 on an Arsenal win. They might be on to something, as surely lowly Leicester can’t keep this crazy run of form going? Surely?

First goalscorer betting looks fascinating, with three of the league’s top scorers – Jamie Vardy, Riyadh Mahrez and Olivier Giroud – all set to be on the pitch. Giroud is +400 favorite, reflective of Arsenal’s status as favorites. Next up is Sanchez at +500 and then Vardy at +600 (Bet365 and various others), with Mahrez all the way out at +1100 with Bet365. Those prices on Vardy and Mahrez are fantastic when you consider that Vardy is the Premiership’s top scorer and Mahrez is fourth.

Anytime goalscorer odds on those two are also very attractive., You can get +175 with Sky Bet on Vardy to score at any time – and he did score against Arsenal in the 5-2 defeat – while Bet365 is offering a very appealing +350 on Mahrez.

Ladbrokes is offering -120 on over 2.5 goals in this game, which looks like a great bet when you consider there were seven goals in the last meeting of the two sides. Leicester have been scoring for fun lately and Arsenal are a bit wobbly in defense, but at the other hands, they have the maestro pulling the strings and are very likely to score. Coral is offering -125 on both teams to score, which looks another fantastic bet.

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