On Saturday evening Sheffield United travel to the Emirates hoping to further extend their lead over Arteta’s Arsenal side. The match, Arsenal v Sheffield United, kicks off at 15:00 but will not be televised in the UK.
Four points separate the two teams ahead of the match and at this stage of the season, three points could be vital for each side.
Arsenal has had an underwhelming start since Mikel Arteta took over from Unai Emery. Although Gunners fans hoped the appointment would turn round their season, they may have to endure further hardship before any real development. That being said, Arsenal is unbeaten in their last three matches which saw them play Manchester United, Leeds & Crystal Palace. Although their performances occasionally hint at better things to come, the football being played is still sloppy, boring and at times uncoordinated.
The visitors, Sheffield United, are currently the most over-achieving side in the division. Earning promotion to the Premiership last season, I don’t think anyone expected them to be challenging for European football. They’re a joy to watch, with their quick, counter-attacking football. Once Chris Wilder’s men get in-front, the defensive structure means they are able to hold on to the lead. In recent weeks, the only teams to beat the blades have been Liverpool & Manchester City. Both of those losses were away from Bramall Lane.
In this reverse fixture back in October, it was Sheffield who claimed all three points. A goal from Lys Mousset clinched a vital win early on in the campaign. Once Arsenal went a goal down they never looked like getting back in it. This has often been the case this season for Arsenal. Unless the score first, they struggle.
Arsenal striker, Aubameyang has netted sixteen times for his team this season. However, he won’t be scoring against United as he is ruled out through suspension due to a red card he picked up playing Crystal Palace. It was a shocking tackle that could have done serious damage hence the three-match ban.
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On the betting front, this game has endless opportunities. Neither team is scoring excessive goals at this stage of the campaign so it may be a low-scoring encounter. Arsenal will still be on a bounce under new management which should give them a fighting chance against Sheffield United.
For an anytime goal-scorer Lacazette appears to be the most likely to find the back of the net. Paddy Power has Arsenal’s number 9 down at 7/2 to score first. Without Aubameyang, Arsenal at times struggles to capitalise upfront. Lacazette has to step up in his partner’s absence if Arsenal wants to stay in the top half of the table.
As Arsenal v Sheffield United could potentially be very close, wagering with Draw No Bet may be the safest choice for your bet.