England Premier League
Sunday 22nd November 2020
Kick off at 4:30pm GMT
Venue: Elland Road
Like when Leeds met Liverpool at the beginning of the season this is a fixture that evokes memories of yesteryear for a certain generation of fans and we are expecting to see an enthralling and entertaining game when these two sides clash on Sunday.
Leeds for all of their entertainment actually come into this game rather low down in the table in 15th place, although one win could well move them up five places since it is so early still in the campaign. The good news for the newly promoted team is that they have already put a gap between them and the bottom three which is currently at seven points.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side are not in good form coming into this game though and have lost 3 of their last four games. Their last match ended in a disappointing 4-1 defeat at Crystal Palace. This followed another 4-1 loss at Leicester and conceding 8 goals in two games is going to be worrying for Bielsa. Indeed alongside West Bromwich Albion, Leeds have conceded the most goals so far with 17 in total.
At Elland Road after starting the season their with two games undefeated they have lost their last two matches.
Arsenal have been making strides in the Europa League, which may have taken some of the heat from Mikel Arteta, but the club are simply not consistent enough in the Premier League to be making forward steps. Their last game before the break ended in a poor 3-0 loss at home to Aston Villa, where the Gunners really looked second rate. This was a head scratcher given that in the previous week they had gone to Manchester United and kept a clean sheet in beating them 1-0.
The Gunners are in 11th place and Leeds would go past them with a win. Like Leeds, Arsenal have lost 3 in their last four, though two of those matches were tough games against Leicester and Manchester City but it tells us presently that Arsenal haven’t made that progression from last season that they hinted at after their fantastic FA Cup run.
On the road Arsenal have won 50% of their games, which is a decent return and their last away win was of course that rare one at Old Trafford. They have been able to keep two clean sheets from 4 played on the road.
Leeds: Ezgjan Alioski has a hamstring injury though it is thought to be minor and he has a chance to make this team, there have been no updates however. Leeds have a host of longer term injuries and Rodrigo is also recovering from Coronavirus and he will be checked before this match.
Arsenal: Mohamed Eleny is ruled out after getting Coronavirus. Saed Kolasinac also has the virus and is ruled out. Thomas Partey has a thigh injury and is 50/50 to make the team and will face a late assessment.
Leeds vs Arsenal Head to Head:
In recent times the clubs have only met in the FA Cup and they have had 4 meetings. The last meeting at Elland Road was back in 2011 when Arsenal won 3-1.
The teams last met at the beginning of the year at the Emirates when Arsenal won 1-0.
There is a 75% chance to see under 2.5 goals based on recent fixtures over the past decade.
Leeds vs Arsenal Prediction:
The clubs have not played a league match together since 2004, with so much changing within that period it would be wrong to use history to gauge anything from this game.
What we do know is that Arsenal on their day possess the better team, although the clubs have almost started the season the same and come into this game with the same form.
Both have devastating quality up front in the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Patrick Bamford respectively. Arsenal still seem to be finding their feet in this season and are not a sure fire punt to be winning too many games away from home.
Though both clubs should be going for this game as they need the winning feeling, it may be wise to opt for different markets here and go for the goal market.
Leeds vs Arsenal Betting Tips:
Both teams to score at 1.57
Anytime goalscorer: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at 2.00
Anytime goalscorer: Patrick Bamford at 2.75