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Arsenal FC vs Leeds United, free match prediction 14 Feb 2021

14 Feb 2021 | 22:00 | London, Emirates Stadium
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Arsenal have slipped below this weekend’s opponents Leeds and face tough battle to return to top half

  • Arsenal have almost gone back to square one after consecutive defeats
  • The Gunners sit in 11th place, below their opponents who are playing well
  • Leeds have won three of their last five

Arsenal to win 2-1

  • Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021
  • Venue: London, Emirates Stadium

ARSENAL FC vs LEEDS UNITED Match Preview & Analysis

Arsenal are in danger of going back to square one after losing their last two league games, slipping into the bottom half of the table in the process.

Having seemingly risen from their dreadful first half of the season, losing eight of their first 14 games, The Gunners then won five of their next six to provide supporters with some hope that they may be able to salvage something.

They’ve taken a big step backwards lately, however, with defeats to Wolves and Aston Villa leaving them seeking their first win in four.

Leeds are a fully old team. 

They sit bang in the middle of the table, with as many wins as they’ve had defeats, having scored exactly the same number of goals as they’ve conceded. As we’ve seen frequently this season, Leeds can either be brilliant or pretty awful, with very little in between.

Either way, there should be goals for both sides here.

Teams Preview

Arsenal FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): LWDLL

Reasons to be cheerful:

     David Luiz and Bernd Leno return from suspension

     Leeds’ shaky defence will bring cause for optimism

Reasons to be fearful:

     Thomas Partey and Kieran Trippier likely to miss out through injury

     Don’t look capable of mounting a top six challenge this season 

Arsenal’s recent form appears to be a problem rather than just a blip, with the side losing their last two on the bounce.

Just as The Gunners appeared to be making strides back towards the top end of the table, their form has nosedived and face being without two key players here.

While David Luiz and Bernd Leno will return after suspension, Thomas Partey and Kieran Trippier, two of Arsenal’s best performers this season, are likely to be missing through injury.

Their 0-0 draw with Leeds earlier in the season was followed by four defeats from their next five, something Mikel Arteta will be keen to avoid repeating.

Here, they must take advantage of a Leeds defence which rarely looks secure.

Star Man – Nicolas Pepe

Appears to be Arsenal’s best route to goal at the moment, having scored two in his last four appearances.

Leeds United Preview

Form Guide (all comps): LWWLW

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Three wins from previous five has taken them into top half

     Striker Patrick Bamford reached 100 career goals recently

Reasons to be fearful:

     Just one clean sheet from last six

     Arsenal will be determined to improve results

Patrick Bamford scored his 12 goal of the season, and the 100th of his career, in Leeds’ win over Crystal Palace last weekend.

The England striker has led his side brilliantly this campaign, providing the firepower to offset their leaky defence which has conceded more than 17 other teams in the league.

The Yorkshire club will be sensing another opportunity to grab three points here, against an Arsenal side who have reverted to previous poor form.

Understandably, there needs to be an element of caution when talking up Leeds, having not won more than two consecutive league games all season. This inconsistency has seen them yoyo between the top and bottom half with frustrating regularity.

Here, they have a huge chance to build some momentum going into the final section of the season.

Star Man – Patrick Bamford

Will be determined to score his first goal against Arsenal, but is in fantastic form right now.

ARSENAL FC vs LEEDS UNITED Winning Prediction

     We should see an end-to-end game with plenty of chances

     Both sides to score

     Arsenal slight favourites to end poor form

Understandably, it is hard to pick a favourite between two sides who bounce back and forth between winning and losing so quickly.

Arsenal have two key players missing, but are at home where they’ve experienced some positive results lately, such as a 3-0 win over Newcastle and a point against Manchester United.

Leeds will give everything, regardless of form, but could be made to pay for that leaky defence of theirs.

Arsenal to win 2-1

Author: Ross B.