Leeds vs Arsenal preview, team news, kick-off

Thomas Partey misses out for Arsenal as he continues recovery from thigh injury, but Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips is back in contention; watch Leeds vs Arsenal on Super Sunday from 4pm on Sky Sports Premier League; kick-off 4.30pm

Friday 20 November 2020 15:37, UK

Team news and stats ahead of Leeds vs Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday, live on Sky Sports (kick-off 4.30pm).

Team news

Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips is back in contention and expected to start Sunday’s home Premier League game against Arsenal. Phillips tore shoulder ligaments in last month’s home defeat to Wolves and has missed Leeds’ last three Premier League matches, including successive 4-1 defeats to Leicester and Crystal Palace.

Leeds will also be boosted by the return of club-record signing Rodrigo, who has also missed the last two games after a period of isolation having recently tested positive for Covid-19.

Phillips’ return is offset by news Pablo Hernandez will miss out due to a minor muscle strain, while fellow midfielder Jamie Shackleton (thigh) and defender Diego Llorente (groin) remain sidelined.

Skipper Liam Cooper, Stuart Dallas, Mateusz Klich, Tyler Roberts, Robin Koch and Ezgjan Alioski are all available following international duty.


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Arsenal will be without Thomas Partey as the Ghana international continues to recover from a thigh injury suffered in the defeat to Aston Villa.

Mohamed Elneny and Sead Kolasinac are also unavailable after the pair both tested positive for Covid-19 during the international break.

Gabriel Martinelli (knee) is out but long-term absentees Calum Chambers and Pablo Mari are now back in full training, although a lack of match fitness means they are unlikely to feature at this stage.

How to follow

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Leeds vs Arsenal will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Premier League from 4pm on Super Sunday; kick-off at 4.30pm. Sky Sports customers can watch in-game clips in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.

Smith: Arsenal can exploit ‘open’ Leeds

Leeds come into Sunday’s clash with Arsenal on a similarly patchy run of form to the Gunners, with three defeats from four and back-to-back 4-1 thumpings at the hands of Leicester and Crystal Palace.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side have conceded the joint-highest number of goals across the Premier League this season, and Sky Sports pundit Alan Smith told the Pitch to Post preview podcast it could provide the invitation Arsenal need to find their shooting boots at Elland Road.

“It’ll be quite an open game, this is what Leicester profited from and that might help Arsenal,” he said. “It’s a difficult one to call as they always are after the international break, the coaches have only had their players back for maybe a day and a half or so. People come back at varying degrees of fitness and fatigue and it can be unpredictable.

“For Leeds to have lost their last two games 4-1, there’s pressure on them to bounce back and on Bielsa to fix what has gone wrong. I’d have to fancy the Gunners, they’ve got their own agenda and want to bounce back from the Villa game and get back to the levels they have achieved. Perhaps a close-fought away win.”

Watch the Premier League live on Sky Sports

At least 146 Premier League games will be shown live on Sky Sports in the 2020/21 season. The Premier League has further increased the number of televised games this season from 200 to 231, with over half of the extra fixtures set to be shown live on Sky Sports.

Overall, Sky Sports will be showing at least 146 Premier League matches live throughout the 2020/21 season, continuing to bring you all the latest twists, turns and shocks at the home of the Premier League.

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