Leeds United host an in-form Arsenal side at the Elland Road in round 18 of the English Premier League. The Gunners have won their last two games in the competition, and their opponents have lost their last two. Leeds United faced humiliation in the last game against Manchester City, losing the match 0-7 at the Etihad stadium.
Leeds United is just above the relegation zone with 16 points in 17 games. They have won three, drawn three, and lost three games. Their recent match ended in a 0-7 scoreline against a dominant Manchester City side. City dominated the match and attempted 30 shots. Leeds United attempted six shots with a 50% shot accuracy rate. The above viz shows all the six shots attempted by the team. Only one shot was attempted from inside the opposition’s 18-yard box. A shot attempted from outside the box hit the post.
Leeds United are unbeaten in their last five home games and have scored five goals in the last five games. They have managed to find the back of the net 17 times and conceded 32 goals, making them the third-worst defense in the league.
Marcelo Bielsa will be without eight first-team players for this match. Junior Firpo will be suspended due to five yellow cards, while Daniel James and Jamie Shackleton are out due to their respective injuries. Robin Koch will be available after recovering from illness.
Arsenal carry the momentum going into this game. The Gunners have won their last two games and their recent victory came against a high-flying West Ham United. Mikel Arteta’s men won by a scoreline of 2-0 at home. The team has scored 22 goals and conceded 23. They have the eighth highest goals per match record in the Premier League.
Arsenal dominated the match against West Ham United. They have the second-best record at home this season with 22 points in nine games. The Gunners attempted 19 shots and created an xG of 3.09. The xG timeline shows the shot intervals in the match. Arsenal players attempted their first shot at the start of the first half and built the momentum towards the end of the first half. Emile Smith-Rowe came off the bench to seal a victory for the Gunners.
Pierre Emrick-Aubameyang is expected to miss another match due to disciplinary issues. Alexandre Lacazette will lead the attack in his absence. Emile Smith-Rowe will also return to the starting XI, after Gabriel Martinelli picked up a knock in the win against West Ham United. Smith-Rowe is the top goal-scorer for the Gunners.
Arsenal have not lost their last seven games against Leeds United. They once again have the momentum against a struggling Leeds United side, and Mikel Arteta will look to earn three points so that he can make a firm grip on the Champions League spot.