Kick-off: 1956, 06/01/2020
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
TV: BBC One
Mikel Arteta captained Arsenal to their 2014 FA Cup final triumph as a player and can safely negotiate his first tie as a manager by seeing off Leeds.
He also helped Manchester City to lift the trophy under mentor Pep Guardiola and it will be a surprise if he does not take the competition seriously.
We’re backing the Gunners at 31/20 to prevail by more than one goal for our initial Arsenal vs Leeds prediction.
A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds
Arsenal showed promise in a 2-1 loss to Chelsea and then gave Arteta his first Premier League win as a head coach when accounting for Manchester United 2-0.
There was a familiar feel to the tactics used in those matches, with an up-tempo, high-pressing game-plan resembling City’s successful style with Guardiola in charge.
The Gunners showed clear signs of fatigue towards the end of both fixtures, but Arteta was delighted with the progress already made.
He commented: “I said to them ‘without you guys I won’t be able to do it. You have to open the door and believe I can bring something different to the club’.
“We need all the staff to believe, as well, and if we do that day by day, it will take a long way and the process will not be easy and there will be ups and downs, but they bought into this.”
Arsenal were on the front foot from the outset against United and could overwhelm Leeds if in a similar mood on Monday night.
Looking at the Arsenal vs Leeds odds, there is obvious appeal in 29/20 for the Gunners to be ahead at half-time and full-time.
A Look At Leeds United’s Betting Odds
Leeds are again dreaming of a return to the Premier League after starting the new year with a 1-1 draw at West Brom, which allowed them to stay at the Championship summit on goal difference.
Significantly, that pair are nine points clear of the chasing pack in the race to secure automatic promotion.
However, Leeds faltered over the second half of last season and Marcelo Bielsa will no doubt be prioritising their league form over this competition.
The visitors were beaten 2-1 at QPR in the third round 12 months ago and have not lasted long in two renewals of the EFL Cup during Bielsa’s reign.
Leeds have scored in 13 of 15 away games this term, though, and invariably try and play in a positive manner.
We can’t see them matching a rejuvenated Gunners outfit, so 11/1 for a 3-1 home win is added to our Arsenal vs Leeds betting tips.
ARSENAL 2-0 Man Utd – Nicolas Pepe, Sokratis
West Brom 1-1 LEEDS – Semi Ajayi (og)
Head-to-head: Arsenal 1-0 Leeds, Leeds 1-3 Arsenal, Arsenal 1-1 Leeds
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