Arsenal v Leeds United: Premier League preview



rsenal and Leeds United meet this weekend in what promises to be a lively contest with some slick football on display.

Mikel Arteta and Marcelo Bielsa go head to head at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon – and the result is tough to predict given the respective performances of the two sides this season.

The Gunners have endured a difficult season, and have lost their last two Premier League games against Wolves and Aston Villa to slip to 11th in the table.

Leeds sit a point above Arsenal in 10th place, and also hold a game in hand over Arteta’s Gunners. While the north Londoners are in no real danger of a relegation battle, a top-10 finish could begin to look difficult unless they begin picking up results – and Sunday’s game would be a good place to start.

Date, kick-off time and venue

Arsenal vs Leeds is scheduled for a 4:30pm GMT kick-off on Sunday, February 14, 2021.

The match will be held behind closed doors at Emirates Stadium due to coronavirus restrictions.

How to watch Arsenal v Leeds

TV channel: The match will be televised on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the SkyGo app.

Arsenal v Leeds team news

Arsenal will be without Thomas Partey. The midfielder came off in last weekend’s defeat at Aston Villa with a hamstring problem and is absent this time around.

Kieran Tierney (leg) is also still missing but both Bernd Leno and David Luiz are back in contention after serving one-match bans following their red cards against Wolves.

Arsenal provisional squad: Leno, Runarsson, Ryan, Bellerin, Chambers, Gabriel, Holding, Luiz, Mari, Cedric, Ceballos, Elneny, Xhaka, Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe, Willian, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Nketiah, Martinelli, Balogun.

Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips is an injury doubt and will be assessed after sustaining a calf injury in Monday’s win against Palace. Rodrigo and Pablo Hernandez have not recovered from respective muscle strains and will not be included in the squad.

Winger Ian Poveda (ankle), plus defenders Diego Llorente (muscle strain), Robin Koch and Gaetano Berardi (both knee) are still out.

Leeds provisional squad: Meslier, Struijk, Ayling, Cooper, Alioski, Raphinha, Shackleton, Harrison, Dallas, Klich, Bamford, Casilla, Costa, Roberts, Davis, Casey, Cresswell, Jenkins, Huggins, Gelhardt.

Arsenal v Leeds prediction: Leeds to win 2-1

This is genuinely a game that could go either way considering both teams have veered wildly in terms of performances this term. If Bielsa’s Leeds hit form, Arsenal will struggle to deal with them – but if Arsenal find their rhythm, they could score a hatful. Recent results suggest Leeds could edge it, especially given their 3-1 win at Leicester last month.

Premier League head to head (h2h) history and results

Arsenal v Leeds betting odds and tips (subject to change)

Leeds win: Between 3/1 and 16/5

Leeds to win 2-1: Between 14/1 and 15/1

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