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Upbeat Arsenal clash against Leeds United - get EFL Cup 2021 fantasy tips

Leeds United (LU) travel to London to take on Arsenal (ARS) in an EFL Cup 2021-22 round of 16 tie in the early hours of Wednesday, October 27. The match will kick off at 12:15 AM IST.

ARS vs LU Dream11 prediction

Considered domestic cup specialists by many, Arsenal have momentum on their side. The Gunners will head into the contest on the back of an emphatic 3-1 win over Aston Villa in the Premier League that extended their unbeaten run to seven matches (W5, D2).

As for Leeds United, it’s been a rather difficult season for Marcelo Bielsa’s men. Leeds are 17th on the Premier League points table and have won just two of their last eight matches across all competitions. This includes a 6-5 win over Fulham on penalties in the third round of the EFL Cup.

Considering the form and home advantage, Arsenal will have the edge on Wednesday.

ARS vs LU Dream11 team tips for EFL Cup 2021-22

Top tip: Best striker

Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has already scored a hat-trick in the EFL Cup this season. The Gabon striker has gone on to score four goals in his last seven outings. Considering the absence of Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford, Aubameyang becomes an automatic pick. That said, Alexandre Lacazette can also be considered as there are high chances of Mikel Arteta shuffling his team for this tie.

Top tip: Best midfielder

Wednesday’s match is set to feature several quality midfielders and one can opt to go with Nicolas Pepe from the center of the park. The 26-year-old was an unused substitute against Aston Villa in the Premier League and is likely to find a place in the starting XI against Leeds.

Top tip: Best defender and goalkeeper

With Kieran Tierney a doubt, versatile defender Calum Chambers has become the second most picked defender for this match after Leeds’ Liam Cooper. Given Arsenal are likely to keep a clean sheet, Chambers remains a safe option.

Bernd Leno has lost his place to Aaron Ramsdale in the starting XI, but Arteta is most likely to use the former for the cup matches, which is why picking him in your fantasy football team is a must.

ARS vs LU probable playing XI

ARS playing XI (probable): Bernd Leno (goalkeeper); Cedric Soares, Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, Nuno Tavares; Mohamed Elneny, Ainsley Maitland-Niles; Martin Odegaard, Nicolas Pepe, Gabriel Martinelli; Alexandre Lacazette (captain)

Leeds United playing XI (probable): Illan Meslier (goalkeeper); Jamie Shackleton, Pascal Struijk, Diego Llorente, Stuart Dallas (captain); Mateusz Klich, Adam Forshaw, Tyler Roberts, Daniel James, Raphinha; Tyler Roberts

Featured photo: AFP / Michael Reagan

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