Arsenal vs Sheffield United
England – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 18 January 2020
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Emirates Stadium (London).
Under Mikel Arteta the Gunners seem to be once again a side to be afraid of. They do have the home advantage to lean on this weekend, but the arrival of the defensively superior Sheffield could produce some problems for the Arsenal forwards.
Arsenal vs Sheffield United Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last time these two met, Sheffield won 1-0.
- Six of the former eight wins went to Arsenal.
- The last six games in a row failed to have goals from both teams.
- At this venue, disregarding a single draw in 2005, the Gunners hold a 100% winning record.
Arsenal vs Sheffield United Match Preview
After the dull run under Unai Emery, the Arsenal management finally budged and appointed Arteta as the manager. The decision seems to be rewarding as the gaffer started with a win to nil over Manchester United, and is still on an unbeaten run.
This sense of belief, and momentum, was much needed for the loyal fans, and they really hope the run would continue.
This weekend though, the arrival of the Blades could severely test them. Sheffield have made a name for themselves with some phenomenal defensive displays, and spectators at the Emirates Stadium are anxiuous to see how Arsenal would deal with this challenge.
Arsenal vs Sheffield United Prediction
Arsenal were on the road the last match-day, and they still managed to take a one-goal lead. However, the red card given to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang held them back, and the Gunners were held to a 1-1 draw.
Meanwhile, Sheffield were back to what they do best, as the team registered a win to nil at home over West Ham, with a 1-0 scorecard.
In regards to result this Saturday, first and foremost, understand that this is a new-look Arsenal. They are once again hungry, and are desperate to get their status back in England.
Ever since the arrival of Arteta, they are unbeaten in all of their games, and have won all of their matches at home.
On the same note, the home advantage too will prove to be beneficial this match-day. And on top of that, understand that Sheffield are a new addition to this top flight, and they lack considerable experience and exposure.
Moreover, over the years, Arsenal have significantly dominated this opponent. In fact, only twice have the Gunners lost against this rival since 1999, and they have recorded a 100% winning record at home disregarding a 1-1 draw in 2005.
Also note that, Sheffield have a total of just three wins on the road this whole season, and that they have lost their last two road trips.
Considering all these factors, it’s adjudged that Arsenal should do enough on the pitch to secure the win.
Be that as it may, do take into account the absence of Aubameyang, who has been the top scorer for Gunners this season. Into that mix, consider the defensive prowess of the Blades as well.
In fact, only Liverpool have conceded fewer goals that this team, and on the road, only Liverpool and Leicester have conceded fewer goals than Sheffield.
Combining these factors, it looks as if the match will be a low-scoring one. Backing the Under 2.5 Goals option seems very promising this Saturday.
Arsenal vs Sheffield United Betting Tips
To Win: Arsenal @ 1.80 (4/5)
Under 2.5 Match Goals @ 1.90 (9/10).