Morning all.

A 2pm kick-off today and no television coverage, how annoying. Sky Sports, for reasons I can’t fathom, think that Aston Villa v Chelsea is the better 2pm fixture to show and then Liverpool v Man City later in the day. If they were playing anyone else, I’d be hoping City drop at least two points, only because it’d help us, but I hope they pile more misery on Klopp’s team.

Leeds Utd haven’t experienced defeat at Elland Road this season. They start fixtures at a fast and furious pace apparently, but as the game goes on, their energy levels drop. Mikel Arteta’s team also start games on the front foot so it could be a highly entertaining game.

The last fixture Leeds played at Elland Road was against Aston Villa and by all accounts it was pretty bad-tempered. Winger Luis Sinisterra was sent off, leaving Leeds playing with ten men for 45 minutes. He’s back today though having served his one match ban. I’ve not seen him play but apparently he’s one of Leeds more dangerous players.

Both manager’s were asked about the other during their pre match press conference.

Marsch on us:

He’s [Arteta] the most underrated manager in the league. What an incredible job. The team is complex, stable, exciting to watch… amazing job. It’s taken time obviously and he took some heat at the start. But they’re seeing the fruits of their labour now. We are confident at Elland Road that we can play how we want but Arsenal are very good. We know we have to be at our best against such an opponent.

Arteta on Leeds:

With Jesse and the teams that they have already played, it is very clear what he wants to do – be a really intense team, a really dynamic team and a really good team when there are spaces to attack. There’s some similarities [to Bielsa’s team] but every coach has his own book, but what Jesse has done over the time he has been there is really impressive.

As if they’d say anything other than kind words about each other.

When a club is going through tough times on the pitch, which let’s face it, Leeds, are and have been ever since they thrashed Chelsea, they can be a dangerous opponent and I think this fixture has the potential to be another ‘Man Utd’ game if we’re not careful.

The annoying part of the match against Bodo/Glimt is that Mikel Arteta felt the need to bring on a few players who many of us hoped didn’t need to play. Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey, Gabriel Martinelli and Takehiro Tomiyasu. Also, William Saliba played the entire fixture and Ben White, 70 minutes. I hope their legs are strong enough to take another match today against a physical opponent. Thankfully, Partey wasn’t on the pitch for long but ten minutes on an artificial pitch was too longer. But that’s just my opinion because if I had my way, he wouldn’t play in any other fixtures bar the Premier League.

There are doubts over Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko for this match but other than Mo Elneny and ESR, everyone else is fit. Jesus would be a huge miss if he’s ruled out but an opportunity for Eddie Nketiah to start a league game if he is.

See you in the comments.