Arsenal will be looking to further secure their top-four spot in the Premier League this Sunday, as they host Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium.
Goals from Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard and Gabriel Martinelli handed Arsenal all three points in a thrilling 3-2 win over Watford in their last Premier League game, and with Manchester United losing on the same day, the Gunners overtook United in the Premier League table and moved into fourth. Mikel Arteta’s side now sit one point ahead of United with a game in hand, and a win against Leicester City this Sunday could open the gap between the two sides to four points.
Takehiro Tomiyasu is set to be sidelined once again for the Gunners with Cedric Soares deputising in his place, whilst Emile Smith-Rowe could return to the squad after having tested positive for Covid.
So, what line-up will Arteta select? And, what could the final score be? We used FIFA 22 to get a score prediction for Arsenal vs Leicester City and this is what happened.
Arsenal vs Leicester City score predicted by simulation
We used kick-off mode in FIFA 22, but didn’t select a team to control, we then selected the teams and watched the match play out by itself, to give us a score prediction.
We predict that Arsenal could set up in a 4-3-3 formation, with their line-up as follows: Ramsdale; Soares, White, Gabriel, Tierney; Odegaard, Partey, Xhaka; Saka, Lacazette, Martinelli.
And we predicted that the Foxes could set up in a 4-3-3 formation, with their line-up as follows: Schmeichel; Justin, Amartey, Soyuncu, Thomas; Tielemans, Ndidi, Dewsbury-Hall; Maddison, Daka, Barnes.
After a poor opening 15 minutes with no shots registered from either side, the game sparked into life on the 22nd-minute mark when Odegaard found the opening goal from close range.
In traditional Arsenal style, the Gunners moved forward in numbers with a slick passing move. Thomas Partey received the ball outside the box and shifted onto his left foot before finding Odegaard in-between two Leicester defenders in the box, and the Norwegian fired past the Kasper Schmeichel at his near post to put Arsenal ahead.
Odegaard then came close with a free-kick right before the break, but his effort was well saved by the ‘keeper.
Leicester started the second half on the front foot, and James Maddison found the equaliser. Deployed on the right of the front three, Maddison had caused problems for Kieran Tierney all afternoon, and the winger managed to peel away from the Scotsman and charge in at the back post to fire Patson Daka’s cross into the near post.
The Foxes had multiple chances to take the lead as the momentum swung their way temporarily, but a fantastic display from Aaron Ramsdale kept them at bay, making four world-class saves in the space of 15 minutes.
Nicolas Pepe was brought on for Saka in the final five minutes, and the winger made an almost instant impact as he netted the winner in the 88th minute of the game.
Martinelli and Alexandre Lacazette’s high press forced James Justin into forfeiting possession on the halfway line, setting off an Arsenal counterattack.
Lacazette used the run of Pepe on the right to open space for Martinelli on the left, and the Brazilian hit a first time cross into the box when he received the ball, leaving Pepe the simple job of tapping into the bottom corner. The visitors failed to find an equaliser as the Gunners emerged victorious at the Emirates.
FIFA 22 predicted final score: Arsenal 2-1 Leicester City
Here are the full-time match stats:
FIFA 22 predicts that Aaron Ramsdale could produce another fantastic performance to limit an impressive Leicester City display, with goals in either side of James Maddison’s equaliser from Martin Odegaard and Nicolas Pepe potentially handing Arsenal a 2-1 win.
What do you think the score will be? Let us know in the comments!
FIFA 22 is the latest game within EA’s popular FIFA video game franchise, which was released worldwide on Friday, October 1, 2021. The game is available now on all platforms including Xbox One, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Stadia and PC.