Leeds United confirmed XI v Arsenal: Patrick Bamford axed to bench
Leeds United have the chance to return to winning ways as they welcome Premier League leaders Arsenal to Elland Road on Sunday (16 October).
The Whites are winless in their last five league games but they are yet to taste defeat on their own turf so far this season with only Everton and Aston Villa taking a point back home.
Mikel Arteta’s Gunners will provide a much sterner test than that, though, having lost just one game all season (away at Manchester United) and won the rest.
They currently sit top of the league by one single point over Manchester City and have had little time to prepare for this game having played in the Europa League on Thursday (13 October).
For the visit of Arteta’s men, Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch has made one change to the team that lost 2-1 at Crystal Palace with Luis Sinisterra coming into the side after suspension and Patrick Bamford being dropped as a result.
Nothing to lose
Having lost all of the momentum from the start of the season, Leeds can now go into this very exciting game against the league leaders with no fear and nothing to lose.
Much like when Chelsea arrived at Elland Road earlier in the campaign, nobody is expecting Marsch’s men to get anything from the game which should be all the motivation the players need.
This kind of game is not going to define the season for the Whites but it can be a very good place to try new things that might make the difference when they play teams in and around them in the Premier League table.
Any form of result, whether it be a draw or even a victory, will be a bonus for Marsch and Leeds but they need to be at the very least competitive and not let Arteta’s well-drilled Arsenal walk all over them.
The first 20 minutes could be played at a ferocious speed so the contingent on the bench will need to be ready when legs start to get tired in the second half.