Leicester v Arsenal
Leicester City’s tough start to the season continues with the visit of Arsenal following last week’s trip to Stamford Bridge.
No Leicester City player will have felt their tough opening games more than goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who made eight saves against Chelsea, more than any other goalkeeper in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index in the last round of games.
Leicester City midfielder Dean Hammond has been putting himself about on the pitch, and topped the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for tackles attempted last weekend with 11. However, with only six of those tackles won Hammond may want to think twice before attempting to take the ball off Arsenal’s midfield, who are renowned for moving the ball on quickly.
David Nugent has been working hard to close players down from the front for the Foxes so far this season. He’s ranked second for distance covered at a high speed sprint this season, having covered 1,158 metres at full speed.
Andy King has been putting in the biggest shift for the Leicester City team so far this season, covering 23.5km across their first their games.
Arsenal will be concerned that a free scoring start to the season, with four goals in their first two Premier League games, could be about to dry up after Olivier Giroud was ruled out until 2015 with injury
Giroud scored the equaliser in their last Premier League fixture against Everton in a 2-2 draw that mirrored Leicester’s result against the same opponents. Giroud is one of only two strikers in the Premier League to have had five shots at goal in the last round of games, having got two of those on target. The other player to have had five efforts last weekend was his team mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, though ‘The Ox’ didn’t hit the target with any of those efforts.
The Ox also attempted the second highest amount of dribbles with ten, but with only four successful he’s due a change in fortunes and Leicester City may well be victims of that this weekend.
Aaron Ramsey has picked up this season as he did the last, and looked in scintillating form for the Gunners. He is one of only two players in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index to have completed over 100 passes in the opposition half.
Ramsey has also completed more sprints than any other member of the Arsenal squad, with exactly 100 so far this season.