Having impressed when visiting Stamford Bridge at the weekend, only succumbing to a stoppage time Jorginho penalty, Leeds were humbled 7-0 at the Etihad as they continue to struggle to replicate their form from last season.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side will be hopeful for avoiding defeat here though having lost just twice on home soil this season, while Arsenal haven’t been all that impressive on the road.
The Gunners took down David Moyes’ West Ham side on Wednesday night with that 2-0 victory the first time the Hammers have lost by more than a single strike since January.
It’s a win that sees Mikel Arteta’s side leapfrog their London rivals into the top four, and they’ll be determined to hang on to that spot come the end of the campaign.
That may be easier said than done as for all their good form when hosting, they come into this having lost their last three away outings and that’s a rut they’ll certainly want to stop.
Only against Leicester and Burnley have the North London side won on the road this season, though while Leeds have picked up 10 of their 16 points this season on home soil, they’re zero for six against sides currently in the top seven in the table, conceding an average of 3.7 goals per game across those matches.
Both Teams To Score
Leeds haven’t beaten Arsenal since May 2003 across all competitions, losing eight of the 10 meetings in that time. However, only one of the last five meetings have been at Elland Road, with that finishing 0-0 last season.
With Leeds’ evident defensive lapses, we’d be very surprised if this ended goalless again.
Leeds have a whole host of injuries to contend with, especially to key players Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford, while Jamie Shackleton, Daniel James and Robin Koch are all out with injury too, and Junior Firpo will be serving a suspension.
That massively tips the scales in the Gunners favour, though with their away record we’ll leave the 1x2 market alone.
Despite a poor season, Leeds have at least netted in 13 of their 16 outings this season, with two of the exceptions coming against the top two sides in the league: Man City and Liverpool.
We’d therefore be surprised if they didn’t manage to get on the scoresheet. While that may be the case, the whites have also conceded in every game they’ve played against current top-half sides this year, and both teams to score looks the best shout on this occasion.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE