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Arsenal v Leicester: Two midfield magicians do battle as we conjure up a tasty 9/1 punt

Mesut Ozil and Riyad Mahrez go toe-to-toe at the Emirates on Sunday in what could be a title-defining clash between Arsenal and Leicester

by Josh Powell | February 10, 2016

Do you believe the hype yet?

Leicester City went to the Etihad Stadium last week, and took apart one of their closest challengers for the league with devastating counter attacks. A 3-1 victory in Manchester City’s back yard took Leicester’s lead at the top of the table to five points with just 13 games remaining. From crazy four-figure odds at the start of the season, Leicester City are now the favourites to lift the trophy.

According to our lovely trading team, Arsenal are considered their nearest rivals at in the betting, but that could change dramatically if the Foxes were to go to the Emirates Stadium and win on Super Sunday. They could very realistically be seven points clear with 12 games remaining on Monday morning.

Arsenal fans will be hoping they can cut Leicester’s lead at the summit to just two points on Sunday, but the game could come down to one piece of wizardry from the two magicians in the middle of the park.

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Riyad Mahrez’s four goals in 30 top flight games last season hardly made a ripple in the Premier League talent pool – particularly when they came against Burnley, Hull and Southampton (2). However this season Mahrez has been a stand-out candidate for Player of the Year, he’s bagged 14 goals and added on 10 assists in 25 games – being involved in 51 per cent of The Foxes’ goals in this potentially title-winning campaign.

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil was less of a surprise package – but has been equally joyful to watch. A stunning tally of 16 assists this season – including a record-breaking seven game streak from September to November when he set up nine goals and scored one himself – has made Ozil arguably the Gunners’ MVP. As our magical image shows, the German has created a phenomenal 99 chances this season and played 83 key passes to tee up scoring opportunities.

But which wizard can cast the potentially title-deciding spell on Sunday?

Playing away from home could suit Claudio Ranieri’s men who have scored 11 goals in six away games against top half teams this year, relying on their rapid-fire counter attacks to dismantle their opponents. When the Foxes have scored first in their away games this season they have a record of 7-1-0, and when Arsenal have scored first in their home games this season, their record reads 7-0-0.

Clearly bagging the opening goal of the game is as important as making sure Donald Trump isn’t elected.

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In Super Sunday’s clash Leicester come into the game in the better form. The Foxes are unbeaten in their last seven games and have conceded just two goals along the way. Arsenal on the other hand have won just one of the last five as their title challenge has crumbled quicker than a cracker in Hulk Hogan’s vice grip.

Riyad Mahrez has goals against Tottenham, Chelsea, Everton (2) and Manchester City this season, and he can find the net in a Leicester victory at huge odds of . The Algerian has bagged goals in 10 Leicester matches this season and seven of them have ended in wins. We’re backing Mahrez to conjure up another spell on Sunday, and keep the Foxes’ magical run going.

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