Leeds v Arsenal Preview And Betting Tips – Premier League Week Nine
Leeds welcome Arsenal in week nine of the Premier League with both sides in desperate need of points. After encouraging starts to the season, both sides have lost three of their last four and need to find a way of turning their fortunes around on Sunday. Tipsters Form Labs guide you to where the value might lie with their betting preview and tips for the game.
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These are two sides that are struggling for their best form of late, with Leeds suffering back-to-back 4-1 defeats at the hands of Leicester and Crystal Palace.
This break will have ultimately come at a good time for Marcelo Bielsa then, with a large majority of his side not escaping for international duty and therefore will have been able to train.
Arsenal aren’t exactly in the best form themselves and have now gone nearly six and a half hours since their last goal from open play in the league.
They’ve now lost three of their last four games, with the exception coming against a Man United side who haven’t won at Old Trafford since the beginning of July.
Again, the international break could have served as a rut breaker for the Gunners, and Mikel Arteta will no doubt be working tactically on how his side can create more chances.
Each of the visitors’ four defeats this season have come against good opposition in Liverpool, Man City, Leicester and Aston Villa, though despite the latter’s good form, it was a game they would have expected to win, let a lone get taken to the cleaners on home soil.
With little going the way of either side at the moment, there’s not as much distance between them in the market as one would’ve expected, with Arsenal going into this clash at odds against and it’s therefore difficult to find value in either side when there’s issues to be ironed out for both, so we’ll steer clear of the outright.
Under 2.5 Goals
What has been evident, though, is a lack of goals for either side. While both defences have been shaky, a lack of potency in the final third has been their downfall.
After a fast paced start to the season in front of goal for the Whites, the goals have dried up as they’ve scored one or fewer in five of their last six outings, and a reliance on Patrick Bamford for goals will be one of Bielsa’s greatest concerns at the moment.
Surprisingly, Leeds haven’t been as solid at the back as expected considering that’s been one of their biggest strengths under the Argentinian manager.
Indeed, they kept clean sheets in 48% of their matches in the Championship last season and although the Premier League is a different kettle of fish, we’d expect Leeds to be compact than they have been thus far, especially against an Arsenal side who can’t buy a goal, so an ‘Unders’ bet at odds-against looks the best value for us in this clash.