Leeds United v Arsenal: It's a sell out

Leeds United will be backed by Elland Road's first capacity crowd of the season against Arsenal with tickets for their FA Cup third-round replay set to sell out today.

A handful of seats for tomorrow's high-profile clash were still available this morning but a general sale of tickets over the weekend has guaranteed Leeds their biggest attendance of the campaign.

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United have not witnessed a sell-out at Elland Road since the final day of last season, when the club's 2-1 victory over Bristol Rovers sealed their promotion from League One, but Simon Grayson's squad will have full house behind them as they make a second attempt to upset Arsenal.

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Leeds earned a replay during a dramatic 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium on January 8, and interest in the return fixture – the third against Premier League opposition at Elland Road in the past two seasons – has virtually assured the Championship club of a capacity turn-out, despite Arsenal returning more than 1,000 tickets allocated for away supporters.

Tickets in the East Stand's family area and the stadium's hospitality suites remained on sale this morning but Leeds were expecting to confirm a sell out today and the club have advised supporters not to attempt to purchase seats on the evening of the game.

The replay with Arsenal will be broadcast live by ITV and Leeds are preparing to cash in heavily again having earned a six-figure sum from their initial tie in London.

Meanwhile, Grayson was assessing the fitness of Luciano Becchio today after the striker limped out of Saturday's 4-0 victory over Scunthorpe United with a back injury.

However, United's manager is certain to be without left-back George McCartney, who is ineligible after joining Leeds on loan from Sunderland six days after their initial visit to the Emirates Stadium.

On the plus side, Whites winger Lloyd Sam is fighting for a place on the bench after overcoming a thigh strain.

Arsenal will definitely be without goalscoring centre-back Thomas Vermaelen who underwent surgery yesterday in a bid to solve a troublesome Achilles injury.

The Belgium international has been out for more than four months with the problem, sustained while he was on international duty last September, which was originally expected to keep him out for just a week.

However, after three failed comeback attempts, Wenger authorised surgery to correct the injury for the influential 25-year-old.

Chris Wood controls a high ball against Fulham at Elland Road on Tuesday night. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

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