One of the top clashes this weekend will see fourth-placed Leicester City host Arsenal at the King Power Stadium. The Gunners enter the weekend directly below the Foxes in the table, only two points behind.
The Gunners will have been grateful that West Ham United beat Manchester City last time out following their own controversial defeat at Chelsea, leaving Arsene Wenger's side five points off the top.
Leicester City are the league's joint-top goalscorers with 13 goals through six rounds, along with West Ham. Claudio Ranieri's side have one of the league's most in-form players down their right wing in Riyad Mahrez.
Expecting to lineup opposite the Algerian international this weekend is Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez - predominately a left forward, but someone who does like to drift inside. Although the Chilean star is yet to display his best so far this season, he's one of the top players in the world, and even scored in this fixture last season.
Statistically, as you can see from the table below, the numbers are largely in favour of the Leicester player. How long can Mahrez and his team keep this good form going, though?
Arsenal had kept three successive clean sheets prior to the sending off of Gabriel Paulista at half-time last weekend. In fact, the Gunners are yet to concede a single goal when the Brazilian centre-back has been on the pitch this season (315 minutes - 3.5 game). Gabriel had his red card rescinded during the week, as announced on the FA's official website, and is free to feature in this match. They have, however, conceded five goals in the 225 minutes he has not featured.
Alexis Sanchez had a terrific debut season in the Premier League in 2014-15, scoring 16 goals and recording eight assists in his 35 matches. The big-money signing from Barcelona has been firing duds in the new campaign, though.
Hi 31 attempts on goal is the most by any player in the league, and the eight that he has tested the goalkeeper with mean he's had more shots on target than any player yet to score so far this season. Ultimately, it's just a matter of time before Sanchez breaks his duck. Could it be on Saturday?
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