After promising displays against Liverpool and Manchester City to start the season and victories over Sheffield United, Fulham and Aston Villa, Leeds’ fiery start has somewhat fizzled out. After three defeats in four games Marcelo Bielsa will be hoping his side can reignite their form when they welcome Arsenal to Elland Road. Bielsa’s men are currently 15th on 10 points, two behind their guests who are 11th but they have the joint-worst defence in the league having conceded 17 goals from their first eight games. The home side have shipped four goals in each of their last two matches including in their last home game which was a 4-1 defeat to Leicester City. Crystal Palace the won by a similar score-line before the international break as Leeds conceded three or more goals in a game for the fourth time this season.
Luckily for Leeds, Arsenal have been struggling to hit the back of the net. A miserable night at the Emirates Stadium before the international break saw them lose 3-0 to Aston Villa and Mikel Arteta’s side failed to score for the third time in four Premier League games. The Gunners have only scored nine goals so far whilst conceding only ten and three of their last four league games have ended with a 1-0 score-line. Arsenal have already been to Anfield and the Etihad Stadium where they were beaten but did leave Old Trafford with all three points during their last trip.
There hasn’t been much consistency to Arsenal’s results this season and Leeds have fared better against some of the better sides in the league so this is a hard one to predict. I have however spotted a common trend and that is that both teams have found themselves being breached a lot easier in the second-half and I think we should be in for a fiery finish. Back the second-half to have the most goals here.