Arsenal vs Leeds
England – FA Cup
Date: Monday, 6 January 2019
Kick-off at 19:56 UK/ 20:56 CET
Venue: Emirates Stadium (London).
Arsenal have gotten themselves a great opportunity to build some momentum early on in the year itself. They are at home, and are taking on a team from the lower division. On top of that, the visitors Leeds are going through a dry spell at the moment, which should be good news for the Gunners.
Arsenal vs Leeds Head-to-head (h2h)
- Arsenal recorded the last five wins in a row against this opponent.
- In the last two decades, Leeds have won just twice against the Gunners.
- Four of the last six clashes saw Leeds scoring three or more goals.
- Since 1998, Arsenal have never failed to score at home against Leeds.
Arsenal vs Leeds Match Preview
This Monday, either team might have different objectives regarding the result of the encounter. Arsenal have been struggling for a very long time, and as of now, they see the arrival of Mikel Arteta as a breath of fresh air.
The Gunners wish that once again teams in England would start to have fear at the prospect of facing them. In Arteta, they have a confident gaffer, who has the backing of the fans, as well as the management.
Moreover, he began on the right note as well, after defeating arch rivals Manchester United with a 2-0 scoreline. The Gunners therefore, will definitely be looking for a massive win to boost their confidence further.
However, Leeds might have other plans. They are stuck in the Championship, and have been trying to get promoted for some time.
Last season they came close, as they entered in the playoffs. But unfortunately, they were booted out almost at the last hurdle.
As such, they would wish to concentrate better in their objective at hand. They are currently placed at the top of the EFL table, but their form these days have not been exemplary.
Leeds need to get back to their league games with full intensity, and honestly, focused attention on any other competition at this time, would be too much of an ask. Likely, they will not lose much sleep if they get eliminated this Monday.
Arsenal vs Leeds Prediction
Both these teams gained direct entry into the third round of the FA Cup, owing to their status as teams in the top two tiers of English Football.
This match-day, as things stand, Arsenal hold the upper hand. First and foremost, they are not only a part of the top flight of English Football, which is considered to be one of the best leagues in the world, but they are also a usual contender for the Champions League spots, and maybe even the title.
On the other hand, Leeds ply their trade in the Championship, and are desperately trying to get into the PL.
On top of that, Arsenal have the home advantage. They already are ahead in terms of talent and experience, and coupled with home status as well, the Gunners just might be the favorites this game week.
Also, Arteta’s men are furious and desperate to get back to their winning ways, and they will consider this opportunity (to take on a team from a lower division, that too at home) too big to just let it pass. By all means, the Gunners will go after a big win.
In addition, Leeds might not mind a defeat, as it would give them ample time to concentrate well in their league fixtures, which would help them get promoted.
Moreover, Arsenal are fresh off a win to nil over Manchester United, whereas Leeds were winless in four of their prior five overall games, and in six of their last ten on the road.
Finally, Arteta’s men have been the dominant side in h2h clashes for a very long time. In fact, they have won five of the previous six h2h encounters, and the last they lost against Leeds was back in 2003.
They have also scored three or more goals against this opposition in four of the last six h2h meetings, while Leeds could secure a total of just one goal from their previous three visits to this venue combined.
Considering these overwhelming observations, expect the hosts Arsenal to record a convincing win this Monday at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal vs Leeds Betting Tips
To Win: Arsenal @ 1.60 (3/5)
Over 1.5 Team Goals by Arsenal @ 1.50 (1/2).