Leeds United v Arsenal Premier League Betting Tips 18/12/2021

Leeds have endured an inconsistent second season back in the Premier League following a topsy turvy start to their Premier League campaign. For now, the Whites remain outside the relegation zone and they have their decent home form to thank for steering clear of trouble. Arsenal has shot up the Premier League in recent weeks, despite a terrible beginning to the season. This tie has the potential to be one of the picks of the weekend. The fixture kicks off at 5:30 at Elland Road and it will be shown on Sky Sports. 

Team News/Form

Leeds’ were hammered 7-0 against Man City in mid-week. It was the Whites second consecutive loss following a 3-2 loss at Chelsea. Marcelo Bielsa’s side has won just once in their last seven, a 1-0 win at home against Crystal Palace. Arsenal recorded back-to-back wins in the last week after a comfortable 2-0 win against West Ham and a 3-0 victory over Southampton, both at the Emirates. The two wins broke a run of two consecutive away defeats at Man United (3-2) and Everton (2-1). The latest team news shows that Leeds’ Robin Koch and Jamie Shackleton could be in contention after recent injuries. But Liam Cooper (thigh), Kalvin Phillips (thigh), Patrick Bamford (hamstring), Rodrigo (calf), Junior Firpo (suspended) and Pascal Struijk (ankle) are unavailable. Arsenal’s former captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was disciplined by the club for an internal matter and he is likely to return to the squad this weekend. Both Sead Kolasinac (ankle) and Bernd Leno (groin) are ruled out. 

Matchwinner Betting Odds

Arsenal are the current favourites to win this match given their decent mini-winning run, but an away win may not be cut and dry. After winning their last two matches to nil, and beating Leeds in eight of their last ten head to heads, Coral have the best odds for a Gunners victory at 23/20. A Leeds home win appears unlikely as they have lost their last two and are winless in six of their last seven. Betfred’s odds of 11/4 reflect the Whites’ outside chances of a win this weekend. However, there is good value on Leeds to hold Arsenal to a draw at Elland Road, and this is our matchwinner pick. Leeds are unbeaten in five at Elland Road and have drawn with Leicester, Brentford and Wolves in recent weeks. Bielsa will be demanding a response from his side in front of a home crowd after a heavy defeat to City too. As a result, Bet365’s odds of 5/2 show excellent value for a stalemate in Yorkshire on Saturday evening. 

BTTS Yes

Clean sheets are not a speciality for either of these sides, which could lead to greater value from a both teams to score wager. Arsenal are hard to breach at home, but their solidity deserts them away. The Gunners have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last three away and they have shipped nine goals in this run. Leeds are in similar leaky form defensively as they have failed to keep a clean sheet in three and conceded 12 goals. There have also been plenty of goals between these sides at Elland Road in recent matches. Five of the last six have seen BTTS and SBK’s 7/11 odds reflect decent value in backing both teams to find the net again. 

Anytime Goalscorer Betting Market

With goals on the cards in Yorkshire, backing an anytime goalscorer seems a good choice in the Leeds vs Arsenal fixture. The standout choice for the Whites is Brazilian talisman Raphinia, who is Leeds’ leading scorer this season with seven goals. Raphinha has also netted two in his last for, both penalties, and Paddy Power will return 8/1 odds for the Brazilian to strike again. In Arsenal’s ranks, two players are hitting top form. First is Emile Smith-Rowe, who has scored two in his last three, including one against West Ham last time out. For another Smith-Rowe goal, Bet365 will return 11/1 odds. Our pick though is to select Smith-Rowe’s midfield teammate, Martin Odegaard. The Norwegian starlet is finally finding his feet in the Premier League and has scored three in his last four matches, including two goals in his last two away matches at Man United and Everton. At 9/1 odds, provided by bet 365, there is brilliant value on another Odegaard goal. 

Leeds should not be written off at home and Bielsa’s side will be desperate to bounce back against an Arsenal side who are poor away. Hopefully you have enjoyed our Leeds United v Arsenal Premier League Betting Tips 18/12/2021 and also found it useful. What we pride ourselves on is looking for genuine betting tips that we think offer decent betting value, and although we can never guarantee our betting tips we do hope they will bring long term betting value.

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