FA Cup: Arsenal v Leeds
This is a game for the third round of English Fa Cup, in case of a draw next game will be played on Leeds ground.
After a 2:1 loss in one of the London’s derbies on the road against Fulham, Arsenal is awaiting the cup game and are desperate to bounce back with a win, first in this year. Arsenal was much better in the first half, when they also have scored the leading goal, but since Djourou got red-carded whole game turned up-side down and there was only one team existing on the field, making finally 2:1 win for the hosts. Hosts are not in a great form, but they are still better team then today’s opponents and are still expected to win in such a game. Most important thing for Arsenal fans is that Henry will play today as he signed for two months for the Gunners, while Robin Van Persie is expected to rest today. What’s more, Gervinho has left for Copa Africa and of course, will not play today. Problems exist also in defense, as Johan Djourou is suspended for this game and Thomas Vermaelen, Bacary Sagna, Carl Jenkinson and Andre Santos remain all unavailable.
Leeds, on the other side, are doing very fine in English Championship and are one of the favorites to get play-off spot in the end of the regular part of the season. With a 2:1 win over Burnley last week, they are now only one point below play-off spots and with many games yet to come, they can be very satisfied with their performances. Leeds were losing against Burnely, but with two late goals they overpowered them and are awaiting this match in a very good mood. Patrick Kisnorbo, central defender, is out till the rest of the season. Leeds played last year against Arsenal in a Cup game and managed to get 1:1 on the road, but finally lost at home by 1:3 score.
Henry playing again for the Gunners probably is not an improvement right now as he was playing for one year in less quality league and is coming from a longer break. Arsenal’s attack is not expected to work 100% with him upfront in his first game and the hosts are just having way too many missings at the back. This game represents nice opportunity for Leeds to get something more out of it.
Bet: Leeds +1.75 Asian Handicap @1.98 with Bet365