Arsenal vs Leeds: Take Gunners to show true worth

Arsenal vs Leeds: Take Gunners to show true worth

Kick-off: 1630, 14/02/2021

Stadium: Emirates Stadium

TV: Sky Sports

Arsenal have not had much luck in their last couple of Premier League games but will hopefully enjoy a change of fortune when hosting Leeds.

United travel south in good form but have struggled on previous visits to London, conceding 10 goals in defeats at Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Tottenham.

We fear more capital misery for the Whites here, so 13/10 for a home win and over 2.5 goals is our first Arsenal vs Leeds prediction.

A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds

Arsenal began this month in fine spirits following a seven-match unbeaten run in top-flight fixtures, which featured five wins.

The Gunners looked on course to extend that hot streak when leading at Wolves, until David Luiz conceded a penalty and was sent off, which led to a 2-1 defeat.

Bernd Leno also saw red in that contest and both players were then forced to sit out a 1-0 loss at Aston Villa, where Ollie Watkins netted via a deflected shot after just two minutes.

Despite having 66 per cent possession, Arsenal failed to hit back, with Nicolas Pepe and Martin Odegaard guilty of bad misses, while Hector Bellerin and Granit Xhaka had better efforts saved.

“We created more than enough openings but we didn’t find the right pass or the right shot,” fumed Mikel Arteta. “We should have won the game comfortably.

“Really strong performance. We completely dominated the game, we dominated every department and we should have won.”

A full week off should help the Gunners to regroup, though, and they will have both suspended players available again here.

Even more significantly, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is expected to be back up to full speed following two appearances off the bench since taking personal leave.

His presence makes 13/4 for the hosts to prevail 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 take the eye from the Arsenal vs Leeds odds.

Last Arsenal line-up: Ryan, Bellerin, Gabriel, Holding, Soares, Saka, Partey, Smith Rowe, Xhaka, Lacazette, Pepe.

Arsenal will be without Thomas Partey after he was forced off at Aston Villa with a hamstring problem. Kieran Tierney (leg) is also still missing but both Bernd Leno and David Luiz are back in contention after serving one-match bans.

A Look At Leeds United’s Betting Odds

Admittedly, Leeds must command respect after making it three wins in four outings when securing a smooth 2-0 success versus Crystal Palace at Elland Road.

United moved into the top half of the table, one point above Arsenal, thanks to goals early in either half from Jack Harrison and Patrick Bamford.

“We’re making our steps in the Premier League now,” said Marcelo Bielsa. “We’re trying to play as naturally as possible and to show the desire to play in this league.”

The margin of victory could have been more emphatic, with Harrison hitting the bar and Bamford and Stuart Dallas forcing fine saves.

However, while the Whites have proven themselves adept at picking off teams who sit back, they can be vulnerable against sides who match them for energy.

The pace of Aubameyang, Pepe and Bukayo Saka will pose Leeds problems, as well as the creativity of Emile Smith Rowe and the finishing of Alexandre Lacazette.

Both teams tend to come out fast at the start of the second half, with only Liverpool scoring more goals in the opening 15 minutes of that period.

Let’s finish off our Arsenal vs Leeds betting tips by taking 5/4 for at least one goal to be netted between half-time and 60:00 minutes.

Last Leeds line-up: Meslier, Ayling, Cooper, Struijk, Alioski, Dallas, Harrison, Phillips, Klich, Bamford, Raphinha.

Midfielder Kalvin Phillips is an injury doubt and will be assessed after sustaining a calf injury. Rodrigo and Pablo Hernandez have not recovered from respective muscle strains and will not be included in the squad.

Additional stats

Last result:

Aston Villa 1-0 ARSENAL

LEEDS 2-0 Crystal Palace – Jack Harrison, Patrick Bamford

Head-to-head: Leeds 0-0 Arsenal, Arsenal 1-0 Leeds

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