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Arsenal vs Leeds: Carabao Cup preview

A late equalizer against Crystal Palace and a comfortable win over Aston Villa send the Gunners into the game in good form, unbeaten in seven games in all competitions.

The fixture list has been somewhat nice to Arsenal in recent weeks, and a home draw against Leeds is not straightforward but eschews the likes of City, Liverpool and Chelsea.

Marcelo Biesla’s side pulled off a late home draw against Wolves on Saturday and have won just two games in 90 minutes this season, at home against Watford in the league and Crewe in the Carabao Cup.

Both managers are expected to sound the changes and give their reserve players some playing time for this clash, especially with the Premier League issues brewing for both teams.

Kick-off date, time and location

Arsenal vs Leeds are scheduled to kick off at 7.45 p.m. BST on Tuesday 26 October 2021 at the Emirates Stadium.

Where to watch Arsenal vs Leeds

TV channel: The game will be televised on Sky Sports Main Event and Football.

Direct: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online through the Sky Go app.

Arsenal vs Leeds team news

Mikel Arteta is expected to sound the changes and give his fringe players a chance to impress after the first team got a night off with their 3-1 win over Aston Villa.

Bernd Leno could come between the sticks with Calum Chambers, Rob Holding and Pablo Mari ready to join Nuno Tavares in defense. The young Portuguese is expected to retain his place after replacing injured Kieran Tierney (ankle) last week.

In midfield, there could be starts for Mohamed Elneny and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, behind Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah in attack. Granit Xhaka stays outside (knee).

Leeds are without Robin Koch (groin), Luke Ayling (knee), Junior Firpo (muscle) and Patrick Bamford (ankle). Raphinha got injured against Wolves this weekend and that’s a big doubt. In addition, Marcelo Bielsa is expected to spin a number of his usual stars.

Prediction Arsenal vs Leeds

Having two teams made up largely of fringe players adds a layer of the unexpected, but Leeds have struggled in cup competitions under Bielsa and Arsenal should have the knack to get the job done in front of their home fans.

History and results of face to face (h2h)

Leeds have not beaten Arsenal since Mark Viduka’s winner at Highbury in May 2003 which saw Manchester United claim the Premier League title. In their last nine meetings, the Whites have suffered seven losses.

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