Arsenal vs Leeds United betting tips: FA Cup third round match preview & predictions

Arsenal vs Leeds United prediction: Arsenal 3-0 Leeds United

The FA Cup third round weekend concludes with two old foes clashing in North London.

These two are both looking to get back to where they were in 2004.

That season, Arsenal won their 13th and most recent Premier League title, going the whole season unbeaten.

Also that year, Leeds United were relegated and have not been in the first division since.

Who will progress through to the FA Cup fourth round?

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Arsenal vs Leeds United: Who will win?

Unsurprisingly, Arsenal are odds on to win this match at 8/13.

Leeds United meanwhile are 4/1 to win at the Emirates.

A draw, which would force an unwanted replay, is 3/1.

Over 2.5 goals is 4/6.

Both teams to score no though is 11/10.

Arsenal to win and over 2.5 goals is 6/5.

The Gunners are 1/3 to progress; the Whites are 9/4 to qualify for the next round.

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 03: Gabriel Martinelli celebrates scoring the 1st Arsenal goal during the UEFA Europa League group F match between Arsenal FC and Standard Liège at Emirates Stadium on October 03, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Gabriel Martinelli has been on fire for Arsenal in cup competitions. The Brazilian is 4/1 to open the scoring and 7/5 to score anytime.

Nicolas Pépé could also be a threat. He is 6/1 to score first and 9/4 to score again.

Patrick Bamford is Leeds’ top scorer this season. He is 13/2 to break the deadlock and 23/10 to add to his tally.

Jack Harrison is also a danger man. He is 10/1 to score first and 7/1 to score anytime.

Both Martinelli and Tyreece John-Jules to score is 5/1.

Both Emile Smith-Rowe and Pépé to score is 12/1.

Both Tyler Roberts and Patrick Bamford to score is 14/1.

Both Hélder Costa and Patrick Bamford to score is also 14/1.

Arsenal vs Leeds United: Match preview

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 09: Nicolas Pépé of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his sides second goal with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on December 09, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The Arteta era is up and running at Arsenal.

The rookie Spaniard began with a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth and a heartbreaking 2-1 home reverse against Chelsea.

Nevertheless, there were clear sings of progress all of which came to the fore on Wednesday night.

Arsenal hosted Manchester United on New Years’ Day and lead after just eight minutes through Nicolas Pépé.

The Gunners had numerous chances in a dominant first half display and did eventually double their lead on the brink of half time.

Alexandre Lacazette’s flick-on wasn’t cleared and Sokratis Papastathopoulos fired home from close range.

They tired in the second period but held on for their first Premier League win of the season against a team currently in the top-half of the Premier League.

That victory also saw Arsenal move back into the top-ten of the table, seven points above the bottom three and nine outside the top four.

Given that a Champions League place via the league looks very unlikely, cup competitions will surely become the priority.

Arsenal, of course, are the record winners of the FA Cup with 13 victories including in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

Also, the UEFA Europa League could provide them with a back-door route into the Champions League.

They’ll face Olympiacos in the round of 32 and, having been losing semi-finals and then finalists in the last two seasons, can they go one step further this time?

First through, they’ll be looking to avoid going out at this stage of the FA Cup for only the second time since 1996.

Will they prove to be too strong for the Championship visitors?

Leeds to leave London victorious?

Marcelo Bielsa

LEEDS, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 02: Leeds United fans show their support for manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Norwich City at Elland Road on February 02, 2019 in Leeds, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

As for Leeds United, in contrast with their hosts, they are in a very healthy league position.

After losing in the Championship play-off semi-final last year, they’re desperate to ensure automatic promotion this time.

So far, Marcelo Bielsa’s side have only lost four of their 26 Championship matches and won seven in a row between 2 November and 10 December.

Since then though, their form hasn’t been brilliant.

That run was followed by two draws and a defeat before they got back to winning ways in amazing fashion, beating Birmingham 5-4 with a 94th minute winner at St Andrew’s.

On New Years’ Day, they faced a top of the table clash at the Hawthorns.

In that one, despite falling behind just 90 seconds in, the Whites fought back to draw 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion.

That means Leeds and West Brom both have 52 points but, crucially, third-placed Fulham are nine adrift.

Given all of that, the FA Cup will surely act as a mere distraction.

Under Bielsa, they’ve won just two of five cup ties, going out in this round last season to QPR.

Nevertheless, particularly the thousands of travelling fans would love to defeat a big Premier League side on their own patch.

Arsenal team news vs Leeds United

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 17: Joe Willock celebrates his team’s goal during Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Burnley FC at Emirates Stadium on August 17, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images)

It is quite difficult to predict what team Arteta will put out for this one.

On the one hand, he’ll want to rotate following the busy festive period and with Crystal Palace to come on Saturday.

However, he will be desperate to build some momentum after Arsenal finally won a game.

One change is highly likely and that is Emi Martínez is set to return in goal with Bernd Leno given a rest.

In defence, Calum Chambers suffered a horrific injury against Chelsea a fortnight ago so will be out for nine months.

Fellow defenders Héctor Bellerín and Kieran Tierney are also out but Rob Holding could be available to make his first appearance since 6 November.

So, Ainsley Maitland-Niles may have to continue as the make-shift right-back.

At the heart of the defence, Konstantinos Mavropanos could get a rare start alongside Holding.

At left-back, with Sead Kolašinac saved for the weekend, Bukayo Saka, a winger by trade, could start there once more.

In midfield, Arteta does have options.

Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira and Mattéo Guendouzi are all expected to be rested so Emile Smith Rowe and Joe Willock could start.

As could Dani Ceballos who also hasn’t featured since the 1-1 draw in Guimarães due to injury in early November due to injury.

Further forward, none of Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Özil or Nicolas Pépé are expected to start.

So, this would allow Reiss Nelson to come back into the team and Gabriel Martinelli, if he’s back from injury.

The Brazilian has already scored eight Arsenal goals from just 17 appearances.

Up front, Eddie Nketiah, who was on loan at Leeds, was recalled last week and could play against the side he was with less than a week ago.

However, the even less experienced Tyreece John-Jules is likely to start.

Will this much changed side be too good for Leeds?

Leeds United team news vs Arsenal

BRISTOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 04:Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Leeds United at Ashton Gate on August 04, 2019 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

As for Leeds United, Marcelo Bielsa is also expected to ring the changes.

Former Champions League winning goalkeeper Kiko Casilla has started all 28 of Leeds’ matches this season and will keep his place for this one too.

In defence, Luke Ayling, Ben White, captain Liam Cooper and Barry Douglas are the first-choice regulars so could all be rested here.

Robbie Gotts, Gaetano Berardi, Oliver Casey and Ezgjan Alioski could all come in.

As always, they’ll line-up in their preferred 4-1-4-1 formation with Kalvin Phillips the holding-midfielder.

Further forward, with limited options,  Hélder Costa, Mateusz Klich, Stuart Dallas and Jack Harrison are all likely to start despite doing so on Wednesday evening.

Pablo Hernández and Adam Forshaw are injured.

Up front, Eddie Nketiah started their last game but bizarrely has since been recalled by Arsenal.

So, top-scorer Patrick Bamford will lead the line for Arsenal.

Will Leeds be marching on together to the fourth round?

Predicted Arsenal line-up vs Leeds United

Predicted Arsenal line-up vs Leeds United

Predicted Arsenal line-up vs Leeds United.

Predicted Leeds United line-up vs Arsenal

Predicted Leeds United line-up vs Arsenal

Predicted Leeds United line-up vs Arsenal.

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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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6Wolverhampton Wanderers33131374536952
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Championship table:

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3Brentford FC412191173334072
4Fulham FC4120101155441170
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8Swansea City411515115248460
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23Barnsley411011204566-2141
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