Leeds United vs Arsenal

January 18, 2011
By: Nemanja Lazarevic

Following the exciting encounter between the two teams at the Emirates, which ended all squared after Arsenal denied their opponents the win in the dying moments of the match, everybody expects another great game between Championship high-flyers and revived Gunners.

Leeds returning to the big stage

Last year’s FA Cup victory at Old Trafford hinted Leeds United were ready to return to the big stage after several years of absence, with the Whites keeping the momentum going ever since. Simon Grayson’s side are now one of the main candidates for promotion, but they also want to prove their credentials in the FA Cup, as witnessed by their impressive performance at the Emirates. Meanwhile, the Whites have hammered Scunthorpe in the Championship and they are ready to continue the great scoring run against Arsenal. The first match showed Leeds are not afraid to attack the Gunners, so we can expect another strong performance from the Elland Road outfit.

Neil Kilckenny is still away on international duty, but captain Richard Naylor is back in contention following the long spell on the sidelines. Patrick Kisnorbo has returned to light training, but he is still few weeks away from being match fit.

Arsenal back in business

Following a very good run in the first part of the season, the Gunners suffered a small dip in form during the last few weeks that resulted in several under-par performances. After the poor showing against Leeds, Arsenal somehow managed to lose to Ipswich in the Carling Cup semi-final, but they then managed to restore some of the lost confidence with the convincing victory over West Ham. The game proved Robin van Persie are slowly returning to his best form and there is no doubt every Arsenal fan was delighted with the Dutchman’s contribution at Boleyn Ground. Arsene Wenger is likely to make some changes to the starting line-up, but there is absolutely no chance he will underestimate Leeds.

Wojciech Szczesny is set to keep his place in goal as Lukasz Fabianski is out with a shoulder injury, while Bacary Sagna and Tomas Rosicky return to the side. Aaron Ramsey and Nicklas Bendtner are pushing for the starting places.


Spurred on by the packed Elland Road, Leeds are likely to attack Arsenal and that alone should promise us a very entertaining game. With the Gunners expected to reply in similar manner, everything suggests we could see goals galore in this FA Cup tie.

Our prediction: Over 2.5 goals

Odds: 1.70 (7/10)

Bookmaker: Sportsbook.com

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