Sheffield United vs Arsenal Premier League Predictions

Sheffield United vs Arsenal Premier League
Sheffield United vs Arsenal Premier League

The match is over.
Score: 1-0.

Arsenal travel to Yorkshire looking to keep the pressure on at the very top of the Premier League table.

Predictions

Arsenal quietly put together a decent run of form prior to the international break. Unai Emery’s side haven’t lost since they went to Liverpool at the end of August and the only fixture they haven’t won in that time was the 1-1 draw with Manchester United late in September.

It’s a sequence that’s seen the Gunners rise to third in the league table, only a point adrift of Manchester City. And while that’s some way back on leaders Liverpool, it’s a creditable spot regardless.

The home side, meanwhile, have made a reasonable start to life back in the top flight. They sat 13th going into the October international break, and if the season ended tomorrow, the Blades would be delighted with that outcome.

Chris Wilder’s hard-working, well-drilled side have earned plaudits and deserved them greatly, although wins have been harder to come by. They beat Everton at Goodison Park in September, but picked up just a single point in the three games that followed.

Points matter more than praise as the winter part of the season approaches and Wilder will know a victory is going to be crucial – do it against Arsenal and the confidence in the red part of Sheffield will sky-rocket.

But it’s not as easy as wanting the win, and Emery’s side are in some of the best form in the league. The hosts will battle but Arsenal can edge it 2-1.

Betting Tips

Sheffield United aren’t one of the league’s more prolific teams – seven goals in eight games – but Arsenal concede more than a goal a game too – 11 in eight. United’s lack of goals though means even the top bookies might not consider a BTTS bet, and undervalue it. 888Sport price Arsenal and both teams to score at 13/5.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is very much Arsenal’s key player in attack – he’s got seven goals in eight appearances this season, with second-top scorer, Alexandre Lacazette, on two. If Arsenal are to score, not to mention twice, he’s the best option to get them. Royal Panda price Auba to score two or more at 24/5.

Statistics

Head to Head

Arsenal routed Sheffield United 6-0 when the sides met in the League Cup in 2008 – their last meeting in any competition.

Prior to that, Arsenal won 3-0 away from home in the League Cup the year before but United won the last league meeting, 1-0 in 2006.

Stats

  • No team in the league has seen more yellow cards than Arsenal’s 20.
  • Granit Xhaka has four of those bookings to his name, the joint-second most in the division.
  • Aubameyang’s seven goals puts him second behind Tammy Abraham and Sergio Aguero, who both have eight.
  • Phil Jagielka was in the United team the last time they beat Arsenal and is likely to be part of the squad again, 13 years later.

Aspiring football journalist who realised he could put his vast knowledge towards gambling and making some money. With years spent on Football Manager, his boyhood obsession has carried over into his adult life and he's proven his mum that all that time spent playing a game wasn't to be wasted. A European football expert, James writes about anything on the continent and has began expanding his knowledge to other leagues in South America, Asia and the USA.

All Predictions by James Cooke

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