Arsenal vs Sheffield United
England – Premier League
Date: Sunday, 4 October 2020
Kick-off at 14:00 UK/ 15:00 CET
Venue: Emirates Stadium.
It has been a tough start to the season for Sheffield United who have lost all three league games and have failed to score in those games as second-season syndrome looks to be setting in.
they were dealt a major blow by the news that Jack O’Connell could be out for the entire season with a serious knee injury. That is a significant loss to them defensively and after going through last season with very few injuries, his will be a new challenge for Chris Wilder.
They make the trip to face Arsenal who will be looking to bounce back from the loss to Liverpool last Monday.
Mikel Arteta has certainly improved his team and their performances are getting back, and they can expose the Blades’ early season struggles here and take all three points.
Arsenal vs Sheffield United: Head-to-head (h2h)
Teams Arsenal Sheffield United played so far 10 matches.
Arsenal won 5 direct matches. Sheffield United won 2 matches. 3 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.20 goals per Match.
Arsenal vs Sheffield United: Prediction
Arsenal in actual season average scored 2.00 goals per match. In 1 (100.00%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 1 (100.00%) matches in season 2020 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.
Sheffield United average scored 1.29 goals per match in season 2020. In 2 (66.67%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 0 (0.00%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.
Arteta took the opportunity to rest Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the EFL Cup visit to Anfield, while Alexandre Lacazette only featured as a late substitute, so both should return to the starting lineup here.
Cedric Soares returned from injury in that game while Sokratis Papastathopoulos is close to being in contention again too, although neither are likely to start here.
David Luiz rather surprisingly replaced Gabriel Magalhaes in the Premier League last weekend and so Arteta must decide which of the Brazilians – perhaps even both – to start with here.
Pablo Mari and Emile Smith Rowe are both expected back after the international break, but Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers and Gabriel Martinelli are longer-term absentees.
Sheffield United have been rocked by the news that Jack O’Connell could miss the rest of the season with a knee injury which requires surgery, although his absence is slightly offset by John Egan being available again after suspension.
The Blades completed a £23.5m deal for Rhian Brewster on Friday in a bid to end their goal drought, but the former Liverpool man has arrived too late to make his debut this weekend.
Lys Mousset is also sidelined to further limit Wilder’s attacking options, but Oli McBurnie and Billy Sharp are both pushing for starts.
Arsenal vs Sheffield United: Prediction Line-Ups