Foot Predictions shows Sunday’s Premier League clash between Arsenal and Leeds United, including predictions, preview and possible lineups.
Arsenal host Leeds United in the first division for the first time since 2004 on Sunday, with just one point and a spot separating the two teams in the Premier League table.
The visitors go to Emirates Stadium in tenth place on the table and with one game less over their hosts, who have fallen to the bottom due to the defeat at Aston Villa last weekend.
The last time Arsenal welcomed Leeds in North London for a first division match, they were on their way to an Invincible campaign, with Robert Pires scoring once and Thierry Henry scoring four times as the Gunners defeated their visitors 5-0 in April 2004.
These days will seem like an eternity for Arsenal fans, who now sit behind Leeds on what is the definition of a battle in the middle of the table.
The Gunners’ recent resurgence hit a brick wall with consecutive defeats against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa, ending a series that saw them add 17 out of the 21 points offered before that.
The 1-0 loss at Villa Park last weekend means that only the bottom four in the league have not scored more games than Arsenal’s nine this season, and their form does not bode well for a potential team-setting period. season.
Six of Arsenal’s next seven league games will be against teams currently above them on the table, including Manchester City and Leicester City in their next two games after Leeds, while they also have a Europa League double header against Benfica before the end of the month .
Mikel Arteta you will make a point of focusing on the positives, however, and there are plenty of them when you isolate Arsenal’s form at home, with the Gunners undefeated in the last five games in all competitions at Emirates Stadium, since before Christmas.
In fact, Arsenal have yet to concede a goal at home this year, and another goalless game this weekend would have them keeping five consecutive home games for the first time in six years.
The Gunners have also not lost in the last 27 league games at home against teams promoted over a decade ago, so they will be confident that they will make a timely return to victory when Leeds comes to town.
Visitors have not enjoyed their travels to the capital recently, losing 10 and not winning any of the league’s last 12 games in London – the longest since a 19-game streak between 1933 and 1938.
Only this season, Leeds lost all three games by an aggregate score of 10-2, but their form in preparation for this game will increase the belief that they can end the curse of the capital.
Marcelo BielsaThe team’s men have won three of their last four games to beat Arsenal at the table with one game less, and another victory on Sunday would lead them to guarantee three consecutive away wins in the first division for the first time since August 2002.
Leeds are certainly capable of bringing more suffering to Arsenal, but they are also capable of falling to another defeat and their inconsistency in terms of results is revealed in the Premier League table.
The Whites have won 10 and lost 10 of the 22 matches played so far, in addition to having scored 38 goals and conceded so many at the other end – only four teams have scored more, but only two teams have suffered more as well.
This pattern continues away from home, where Leeds scored and conceded 22 goals – only Leicester and Man City scored more often on the road, but only Southampton and West Bromwich Albion allowed more.
Whatever the outcome, Leeds is rarely boring, and the chance to move four points ahead of Arsenal with one less game over the Gunners at this stage of the campaign would be very welcome for any promoted club.
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All news from the teams
Arsenal will be without Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney for this match, although both players can return in time for next weekend’s clash with Manchester City.
Thomas is out due to a hamstring injury he contracted against Aston Villa last weekend, while Tierney is absent due to a leg injury.
There is better news in the form of Bernd Leno and David Luiz, however, with the two players available again, after losing Villa’s defeat by suspension.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was left on the bench for that match, but could return to the starting lineup here, while Martin Odegaard and Willian he will also hope to take up office.
Bukayo Saka became one of the first names on Arteta’s spreadsheet this season, having created more chances and won more fouls than any other Arsenal player in the league this season, although only Alexandre Lacazette contributed directly to more goals.
Saka will not be England’s only hope in this match, with Patrick BamfordThe series of two goals and three assists in the last three league games also put him in the discussion.
Jack Harrison he has also been in good shape recently, scoring three goals in his last four league games, and that should get him started again too.
Bielsa was demure about the fitness of Kalvin Phillips after being eliminated against Crystal Palace on Monday night, with the midfielder undergoing a late physical test before this one.
Phillips can join a growing list of injuries for visitors, with Diego llorente, Rodrigo Moreno, Robin Koch, Pablo Hernandez, Ian Poveda-Ocampo, Adam Forshaw and Gaetano Berardi all still marginalized as well.
Possible starting lineup for Arsenal:
Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Luiz, Cedric; Ceballos, Xhaka; Saka, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang; Lacazette
Possible initial lineup for Leeds United:
Meslier; Ayling, Struijk, Cooper, Alioski; Shackleton; Raphinha, Dallas, Klich, Harrison; Bamford
Probability: Arsenal 2-1 Leeds United
This is really a game that can go either way. Leeds are a team that you wouldn’t be too surprised to see win or lose almost any opponent in the league, while Arsenal enter this game with successive defeats after a mini-resurgence.
Predicting Leeds games this season is difficult at the best of times, but alone against an Arsenal team that has been almost as unstable and volatile. We are about to bet on a win at home, but any result would not be particularly surprising on this one.
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