This is one of the most highly anticipated fixtures of the round, with Championship leaders Leeds Utd playing some of the best football in their league under the tutelage of manager Marcelo Bielsa, and will no doubt come into this game champing at the bit to test themselves against one of the Premier League’s elites.
Arsenal themselves have seen a comeuppance since taking the decision to part ways with Unai Emery, as former Manchester City assistant coach Mikel Arteta seemingly getting the best out of his players, which was reflected in their first victory under him against Man Utd, as this will undoubtedly be a competitive battle.
The Yorkshire side have gone off the boil in recent weeks, having won seven matches on the bounce between the start of November and early December, they’ve now won just once in their last five and even that came in spectacular fashion as they downed Birmingham 5-4 with a 95th minute winner.
This recent form, however, did see them draw three of those as their only defeat came against an impressive Fulham team by one goal at Craven Cottage, while you have to go back to the 2013/14 season for the last time they were defeated by more than a single strike in this competition alone.
Leeds +2 Handicap
The Gunners have been much improved under Arteta, but seem to tail off as the game wears on. They started extremely brightly against Bournemouth, Chelsea and Man Utd, though struggled to maintain that intensity until the end, a trait that their visitors are renowned for.
Both sides will undoubtedly have their chances regardless of personnel on the field, though with Eddie Nketiah returning to Arsenal themselves, Patrick Bamford will likely lead the line.
In fact, seeing as the Whites haven’t lost by more than the solitary strike since their play-off semi-final against Derby last season and they look well poised on the handicap.
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