Arsenal vs Leeds Predictions
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- Leeds have won three of their last four Premier League away games.
- Arsenal have won only two of their last nine Premier League home matches.
- Leeds’ away games have averaged 4.0 goals per 90 minutes this season.
- Leeds have won more points on their travels than at Elland Road since their promotion.
Dangerous Leeds targeting more points
Leeds United’s incessant work rate has finally started to deliver a better win rate, and fresh from three victories in four assignments, the Yorkshiremen look ready to upset the odds at Arsenal.
Marcelo Bielsa’s slick-passers have also won three of their last four league fixtures on the road, and Leeds’ scintillating performance at high-flying Leicester City last month showed just how potent they can be as the visiting team.
Leeds have in fact, taken more points on their travels than they have at Elland Road since their promotion, and more success looks possible against a fragile looking Arsenal on Sunday.
Arsenal on the slide again
Arsenal’s new year resurgence seems to have run out of steam meanwhile, and the Gunners will be licking their wounds following a haul of just one point from the last nine on offer.
Mikel Arteta’s charges lost by a single goal at Aston Villa last week, and by the odd goal in three at Wolves the week before, though a return to the Emirates where they have won just twice in nine attempts suggests there will be little home advantage to comfort them on Sunday.
Leeds to avoid defeat?
Arsenal will welcome back first choice stopper Bernd Leno from suspension on Sunday, though David Luiz’s return from a similar ban will be greeted with a collective shrug of Gunners supporters’ shoulders.
The Brazilian tends to lose his composure under pressure, and Leeds’ intense pressing style is certain to make the veteran centre-half uncomfortable.
Only Man City have averaged more shots per Premier League away game than Leeds this season, and the Yorkshiremen’s ability to create opportunities at will could see them leave the Emirates with a result.
With just two wins from nine assignments on home soil, Arsenal’s record on their own patch is poor, and Leeds’ form and confident performances make them worth backing in the double chance market as a result.
Leeds notched three goals at Leicester in their last away test, and our correct score prediction tips them to match that haul against the lacklustre Gunners. United are shipping an average of 2.0 goals per 90 minutes at the wrong end as the visiting team this term however, so expect Arsenal to also impact the scoresheet in a 3-2 away win.
Arsenal injuries and team news
Arsenal welcome both David Luiz and Bernd Leno back from suspension, though Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney have been ruled out this weekend.
Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard is pushing to make his full debut for the Gunners, though another appearance from the bench seems likelier.
Leeds injuries and team news
Robin Koch, Diego Llorente, Gaetano Berardi, Rodrigo, Ian Poveda-Ocampo and Adam Forshaw all look set to miss the trip to London.
Marcelo Bielsa could choose to keep faith with the same XI that performed so well against Crystal Palace last time out.
- 22 Feb