Arsenal take on Sheffield United in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. New Gunners boss Mikel Arteta will be without leading scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and this looks a tricky assignment for the hosts.
The Blades have shocked several big names during their first season back in the top-flight. Any complacency from the hosts is likely to be their downfall. Here's our preview of the game including the latest odds and a 6/1 (7.0) correct score play to consider at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal vs Sheffield United – Premier League 2019/20
Where to Watch
Venue: Emirates Stadium, London
Kick Off Time: 15:00 GMT
TV Channel / Live Stream: As this game is a Saturday 3pm kick-off it won’t be available to watch live on TV in the UK. Live scores and updates are available on Sky Sports News and BT Sport 1.
Arsenal vs Sheffield United – The Form Guide
Sheffield United sit in sixth place and will be eyeing a European place after a brilliant first half of the Premier League campaign. Arsenal meanwhile, have yet to demonstrate the kind of consistency that will see them return to a seat at Europe’s top table anytime soon. A 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace isn’t a bad result in isolation. However, they have only won one of their last five league games.
The Blades won the reverse fixture between these teams 1-0 at Bramall Lane. Despite back-to-back defeats against Liverpool and Manchester City in their last two league games on the road, they remain dangerous opponents. Prior to those results, Chris Wilder’s men had begun the season nine games unbeaten away from home. The Sheffield United boss has been rewarded with a new contract after an impressive start to the season.
What is the Team News?
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang begins his suspension after being sent off in the 1-1 draw with Palace. The Gunners will also be without Kieran Tierney and Calum Chambers who are both still side-lined. Lucas Torreira had to be substituted against Palace and is unlikely to feature, as is Hector Bellerin.
Simon Moore is the Blades’ only absentee. Wilder moved swiftly in the transfer window to add former Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell. The 28-year-old started in the FA Cup game against AFC Fylde but wasn’t in the matchday squad for the 1-0 win over West Ham last Friday. Given the visitors weren’t in midweek action, it would be a surprise to see too many changes for their trip to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal Predicted Line-up: Leno; Kolasinac, Luiz, Sokratis, Maitland-Niles; Xhaka, Guendouzi; Saka, Ozil, Pepe; Lacazette
Sheffield United Predicted Line-up: Henderson; O’Connell, Egan, Basham; Stevens, Fleck, Norwoord, Lundstam, Baldock; McGoldrick, McBurnie
Arsenal vs Sheffield United Latest Odds
It’s tough to trust Arsenal at the moment, especially with their top scorer now suspended. Mikel Arteta has had something of a positive impact since he arrived back in north London but at 5/6 (1.83) with Betway they make little appeal. The win over Manchester United was the Gunners’ only home Premier League win in their last seven outings at this venue.
Sheffield United sit four places and four points above their hosts coming into the weekend. Wilder’s side can be backed at 16/5 (4.20) to complete a Premier League double over Arsenal and the draw is 13/5 (3.60) with the Betway.
Arsenal vs Sheffield United Score Prediction
A low-scoring match could be on the cards here. Aubameyang’s absence could be keenly felt, especially against a well-disciplined, organised team like Sheffield United. The visitors have the joint second-best defence in the division, level with Leicester City and only trailing Liverpool. With that in mind, a 1-1 draw appeals at 6/1 (7.0) for a correct score prediction.
Arsenal vs Sheffield United Betting Tip
The odds-on quotes about Arsenal winning against a tough side look best avoided. Instead, back the Blades to take at least a share of the spoils as they head to London. Betway go Evens (2.0) about Sheffield United/Draw on the Double Chance market and that looks a solid selection. The visitors won the reverse clash at Bramall Lane and have equipped themselves well throughout the campaign, springing several surprises – at least according to the bookmakers.