Kick-off: 1500, 18/01/2020
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Arsenal’s promising start to the Premier League season ended with a 1-0 loss at Sheffield United in October and they will be eyeing revenge on home turf.
However, the Blades have been just as resilient on the road, only losing out to the top two in the table and conceding just seven times in nine other away fixtures.
We think this has all the makings of another tight tussle and 87/100 for under 2.5 goals is our initial Arsenal vs Sheff Utd prediction.
A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds
Arsenal earned plenty of plaudits for beating Manchester United 2-0 in their first win under Mikel Arteta, but haven’t quite kicked on from that impressive performance.
The Gunners were poor in the first half before edging out Leeds 1-0 in the FA Cup and were then held to a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.
Sharing the spoils at Selhurst Park isn’t a disaster, by any means, but that result was marred by the 67th-minute dismissal of top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Having put his side ahead early on, the Gabon striker was shown a straight red card for an ill-timed challenge.
Arteta said: “Probably the most important player is missing, so it is not nice, but we have other players who can play in that position and we will find a way and be as competitive as possible.
“They have to make a step forward now. If he is not able to contribute to the team with goals like this, then someone else has to do it and I want to see that reaction, too.”
One stat which will alarm Arteta is that Arsenal haven’t won the second half of a match at home in any of their last eight attempts, scoring just twice after the break in those games.
Looking at the Arsenal vs Sheff Utd odds, we like 3/2 for both teams to score the same number of goals in the second period.
Last Arsenal line-up: Leno, Sokratis, Luiz, Kolasinac, Ozil, Torreira, Maitland-Niles, Xhaka, Lacazette, Aubameyang, Pepe.
Calum Chambers (knee), Kieran Tierney (shoulder) and Sead Kolasinac (thigh) are all out, while Hector Bellerin face a late assessment on a hamstring injury.
A Look At Sheffield United’s Betting Odds
Sheffield United put back-to-back losses to Manchester City and Liverpool behind them when beating West Ham 1-0 at Bramall Lane, albeit with the aid of a harsh VAR handball decision.
Staying up was the aim following promotion last season and the Blades are already within touching distance of achieving that goal, with 32 points from their 22 matches.
United received another boost when Chris Wilder signed a new long-term deal with the club, having taken his boyhood team up from League One.
“Players are always looking to see what’s happening with the manager, so hopefully it will also give them a bit of security,” said Wilder.
“I’ve not looked away at all, but the club wanted to offer me a deal.
“I know they were talking about doing it at the end of the season, but they’ve brought it forward and I was obviously delighted to commit.”
Wilder will be hoping for another positive trip to London, having already had score draws at Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham.
The Gunners haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last nine league meetings with promoted sides, so that augurs well.
Let’s finish off our Arsenal vs Sheff Utd betting tips by taking 6/1 for a 1-1 draw.
Last Sheff Utd line-up: Henderson, Baldock, Stevens, O’Connell, Basham, Egan, Fleck, Lundstram, Norwood, McBurnie, McGoldrick.
Crystal Palace 1-1 ARSENAL – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
SHEFF UTD 1-0 West Ham – Oli McBurnie
Head-to-head: Sheff Utd 1-0 Arsenal
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