Our prediction for this Premier League match:
All eyes will be on Elland Road when Leeds United and Arsenal take on each other in the Premier League round 18. The Whites suffered a massive 7-0 loss to Manchester City, with the team dropping to 16th place in the standings. Marcelo Bielsa’s troops are eager to escape the danger zone, but they face a difficult task against the in-form Gunners. All Rodrigo, Bamford, Phillips, James, and Struijk are sidelined with injuries, while defender Firpo is banned for the match.
Mikel Arteta’s troops, on the other hand, aim to build on back-to-back wins over Southampton and West Ham. The capital club impressed in the London derby, and they should take advantage of Leeds United’s shaky defence as well. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed the West Ham clash due to coach’s decision, and he is rated doubtful for Saturday’s game, while Sead Kolasinac remains in the recovery room.
Highlighted Player (Kalvin Phillips):
Kalvin Phillips started his youth career at Wortley Juniors, but he has been playing for Leeds United ever since he joined the Elland Road outfit at the age of 15. The 177-cm-tall midfielder has established himself as a first-team regular at Leeds, but he has yet to make his debut for the England national team.
Born in Leeds on December 2, 1995 Kalvin Phillips is a right-footed footballer whose main position is defensive midfield. However, he is used as a central midfielder as well. The English footballer scored his first ever goal for the Whites in a 2-1 loss to Cardiff City on April 11, 2015.
Kalvin Phillips made his debut for Leeds United against Wolverhampton on April 6, 2015. Nicknamed “Yorkshire Pirlo”, Phillips is known for his sharp passes and long ball distribution. He covers his defensive duties in style as well.
Highlighted Team (Arsenal):
Arsenal are regarded as one of the best English teams. The Gunners have won 12 FA Cup trophies, 13 league titles and two League Cups, but they have yet to lift the Champions League trophy. Arsene Wenger’s team were on the verge of beating Barcelona in the Champions League final back in 2006, but they eventually failed to win the prestigious title.
Arsenal used to play their homes at Highbury, but in 2006 they moved to the Emirates Stadium. The capacity of the stadium is 60,260. The Gunners won their last Premier League trophy back in 2004, with the capital club going through the season without a single loss. The likes of Thierry Henry, Denis Bergkamp and Robert Pires were part of the team back then, but Arsenal have not won the league trophy ever since.
Arsenal was founded by Woolwich munitions workers as Dial Square back in 1886. It is well known that Tottenham Hotspur are Arsenal’s fiercest rivals and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals meet in the North London derby.