RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Leicester City vs. Arsenal Venue: King Power Stadium Kick off: 6:30PMLeicester City head into their fixture with Arsenal this evening with the opportunity to move into second place in the Premier League table. Meanwhile, Unai Emery takes his side to the King Power Stadium aware that he must start to deliver more wins if he is to keep his job in the Gunners dugout. At a time when several of the division’s top six have struggled for consistency, Leicester City have given every indication that they are capable of gatecrashing the top four at the end of the season. Their only defeats have come on the road to Manchester United and Liverpool, with both North-West giants requiring a penalty to get the better of the Foxes. However, courtesy of three successive victories, Leicester sit six points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal ahead of welcoming the Gunners to their home ground. Despite being less than a third of the way through the campaign, Saturday’s showdown in the East Midlands feels like a pivotal encounter in the context of the rest of the season. Not only would success extend the gap to nine points, it would leave Arsenal facing further scrutiny heading into the winter months, a period which can make or break a club’s season. While defeat would not be the end of the world for Leicester, Brendan Rodgers will be eager to grasp an opportunity to strengthen their hold of a Champions League place with some difficult games to come over Christmas. Jamie Vardy will want to continue his run of five goals from three outings, although Rodgers may be more satisfied if his defence can keep a fourth clean sheet in half-a-dozen matches. To some extent, the pressure is entirely on Arsenal’s shoulders heading into this contest, but Rodgers will want his players to play with the same mix of balance and urgency which has gotten them into their current position. There are some who feel that it is only a matter of time before the Arsenal hierarchy choose to replace Emery, with his squad coming under increasing pressure after letting slip yet another lead on Wednesday night. However, while a win at Leicester would not completely change the mood at the Gunners, it would at least buy Emery some time to make full use of the upcoming international break. The Spaniard requires a period where he can take a step back and assess where this squad is going, rather than having to contend with issues both on and off the pitch when matches are coming thick and fast. There is an argument that Emery did not help himself by taking his time to act on matters involving the club captaincy after Granit Xhaka’s angry outburst towards supporters last month. Nevertheless, failing to take advantage of holding leads against Crystal Palace, Liverpool, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Vitoria de Guimaraes has sparked a concerning period for everyone associated with the club. While Arsenal are still in fifth position, they have benefitted from the inconsistencies of some of their rivals, and a failure to get over their recent slump will soon leave the north Londoners down in mid-table. The main positive from last weekend’s draw with Wolves was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ending a three-game streak without a goal in the Premier League. However, Arsenal now only have two clean sheets from 11 top-flight fixtures this season, something which must improve in the coming weeks. Leicester City possible XI: Schmeichel, Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell, Ndidi, Tielemans, Perez, Maddison, Barnes, Vardy. Arsenal possible XI: Leno, Bellerin, Sokratis, Luiz, Tierney, Guendouzi, Torreira, Pepe, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette.Tags: Arsenal FCLeicester City FCManchester UnitedUnai Emery
The Board of Directors of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) awards the highest insignia of the Federation to Lorenzo Sanz and will honor with an artistic creation the memory of the victims of the coronavirus that will be placed in the Ciudad del Fútbol de Las Rozas. The family of Lorenzo Sanz will receive the recognition of the RFEF, which will pay tribute to the former president of Real Madrid ‘in memory’ with his gold and brilliant insignia.The Board of Directors of the RFEF, meeting today electronically, has ratified the announcement made by President Luis Rubiales in recent days to support the clubs in the face of the situation generated by COVID with the advance of cash of 4 million euros. This amount will help to pay the salaries to the players and the players with professional license. and their respective coaches from March 14, 2020 and during this exceptional period. Likewise, the Board of Directors has ratified the call for aid from the Quarry Program with Values of the 2018/2019 season to 1st Division, 2nd Division, 2nd Division B and 3rd Division clubs. It is a total of 12.8 million euros that, for the first time, is also shared between the Second Division B and the Third Division.These amounts range from a maximum of 40,000 euros for Second B clubs according to their salary mass; going through the maximum of 36,000 for futsal clubs; up to 10,000 maximums for each Third club, according to the established conditions. All this investment comes from the RFEF’s own funds.The granting of aid for the Third Division Clubs, which have participated in the Copa del Rey, from the sale of audiovisual rights for 1.1 million euros. Along with them, the aid for the Second Division B Clubs provided in the coordination agreement, which allows to allocate 4.9 million in the 2019/2020 season among those who participated in the Copa del Rey.On the other hand, it approves the first Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan, which will take effect in the period 2020-2024, is the result of 10 months of work with UEFA and the territorial federations and continues the RFEF professionalization process.