Big Game Focus: Sheffield United v Arsenal


Arsenal will be hoping to reclaim third place in the Premier League table when they face Sheffield United at Bramall Lane tonight. The hosts have lost three of their four league matches at home since being promoted. Can they upset the Gunners? Here’s the Big Game Focus. Bet on the game here. 

The hosts have impressed in the first eight games since returning to the top flight and pushed league leaders Liverpool all the way in their last home game which they narrowly lost due to a goalkeeping error. One serious concern for the Blades is their form at Bramall Lane. They’ve won just one of their four matches this season. They have since lost three matches on the bounce and have only scored twice at home all season.

The Gunners sit fifth in the Premier League table and could reclaim the third spot if they win tonight at Sheffield. They have managed to put together a decent run of results and remain unbeaten in eight games across all competitions, including a five-match run in the Premier League. However, their away form is a concern. Can they get maximum points tonight?

Betting preview

The hosts have scored two goals in a match just twice in their eight Premier League games this season. They have scored twice at home all season and have not found the back of the net in their last two games at Bramall Lane. You can back a total of Under 1.5 Goals for the Home Team at odds of 1.35. 

Despite scoring just twice at home in four games, the Blades have a chance against a poor Arsenal defence which has kept just two clean sheets in eight league matches. In addition, the Gunners have scored in all of their league matches this season. For that reason, you can back Both Teams to Score at odds of 1.70. 

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored seven Premier League goals in eight games. The Gabon international has found the back of the net in six of Arsenal’s eight league games. Therefore, you can back Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Anytime Goalscorer at odds of 1.95. 

Team news

Sheffield United may be short of firepower tonight with David McGoldrick and Callum Robinson doubtful. Oli McBurnie was charged with drink driving on Friday and is unlikely to be called upon by Chris Wilder. Therefore, Billy Sharp has a good chance of starting against Arsenal.

Alexandre Lacazette and long term absentees Kieran Tierney, Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding could all participate tonight. Mesut Ozil could also start.

Possible line-ups

Sheffield: Henderson, Basham, Egan, O’Connell, Baldock, Lundstram, Fleck, Norwood, Stevens, Sharp, Robinson​.

Arsenal: Leno, Bellerin, Sokratis, Luiz, Tierney, Ceballos, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Pepe, Aubameyang, Saka.