AFTER a bumper fixture checklist on New 12 months’s Day, consideration has turned to the FA Cup.
The primary weekend of January historically hosts the third spherical during which Premier League and Championship golf equipment start their problem.
Arsenal vs Leeds
THIS might very nicely be a Premier League fixture subsequent yr.
That’s if Arsenal cease their slide down the league desk. Joking.
Leeds underneath Marcelo Bielsa are in pole place for a return to the top-flight for the primary time since 2004 – and it’s a really totally different place to once they left it.
The Whites play a terrific, high-octane 3-4-Three underneath the Argentine, which has seen them occupy the automated promotion locations for many of the marketing campaign.
How that fashion works within the top-flight although is a whole thriller – so this might be an excellent take a look at for each Leeds and their long-suffering fanbase.
Arsenal are Arsenal, the place do you begin?
Mikel Arteta is now on the helm and silverware can be a welcome distraction from what has been a fairly horrendous season on the Emirates.
However it is a very tough tie and the Spaniard would have hoped for one thing simpler on residence soil.
It’s received shock written throughout it – bear in mind Jermaine Beckford netting in entrance of the Stretford Finish again in 2010? Yep, that stage of shock.
Prime time viewing on BBC, Leeds will need to placed on a present.
And the over 3.5 objectives is in severe play right here – we’re anticipating fireworks.
Arsenal merely can’t defend and the Whites shipped 4 at Birmingham simply final week. Crank that one up with confidence at 6/4.
There’s completely nothing mistaken with the 4/1 on a Leeds win, however it reveals how unhealthy Arsenal have been this season that it’s that low towards a facet from the Championship.
For comparability, Nottingham Forest had been 16/1 to beat Chelsea.
In a sport the place we will assure objectives, an away victory at 13/2 with each groups scoring appears of extra worth.
Critically, this might find yourself as something – however with hundreds flocking down from Yorkshire, we reckon this is perhaps a costume rehearsal that ends in smiles for the boys from up north.
However simply in case you’re not prepared to belief the Championship membership absolutely, a punt on Leeds to win both half at 17/10 is the smart wager of the night time.
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*All odds right at time of publication