Leeds vs Arsenal: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview
Leeds welcome Arsenal to Elland Road in the Premier League this weekend as club football resumes following the international break.
Leeds vs Arsenal: Predictions
Leeds and Arsenal have had a fortnight of reflection following heavy and unexpected defeats just before the international break, with the former suffering a second successive 4-1 loss in the league, while the latter endured a 3-0 hammering at the hands of Aston Villa.
Those defeats have left both clubs in precarious positions, with Marcelo Bielsa’s side currently in 15th position and with only one win in their last five games, while Arsenal failed to build upon their first league win at Old Trafford since 2006, following up a 1-0 away win over Man Utd with that defeat to Villa.
Mikel Arteta has built steady momentum in intervals this season but his side are currently languishing in the bottom half of the table and have lost three of their last four domestic games, while they have not found the back of the net from open play in their last six hours and 26 minutes of Premier League action.
Leeds will take some confidence from that, coupled with that fact that they have never lost three on the trot under Bielsa’s stewardship, but they are currently winless in their last seven meetings against Arsenal in all competitions, stretching back to 2003.
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Leeds vs Arsenal: Match Stats
Having conceded eight goals in the last two games Bielsa will be expecting a more resilient performance from his backline, and one defender who will be relishing the chance to lock horns with Arsenal is former player Luke Ayling. The academy graduate has made more tackles than any defender in the Premier League this season (26) and will have an added incentive to perform against his ex-club.
Bielsa, as we know, is a meticulous tactician and will be fully prepared for this match having had two weeks to refine his gameplan. So, expect goals from his side, but also, a response from Arteta, who is proving quite the tactical doyen himself.
16 April 2004 – Arsenal 5-0 Leeds – Premier League
These sides met quite recently in the FA Cup, with Arsenal overcoming a relentless Leeds 1-0 back in January, which prompted Arteta to compare facing a Bielsa side as comparable with a trip to the dentist. He will be hoping for no such toothache this time round.