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Arsenal grit their teeth and continue their slog of an English Premier League season on Sunday night when they face Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
While the Gunners set out to haul themselves out of midtable mediocrity, the home side can do little better than delay their inevitable relegation back to the Championship.
Mikel Arteta’s side have won just once in their last four, albeit with that statistic not quite telling the full story despite last Saturday’s 3-0 humbling by Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium.
The north Londoners had previously followed up eye catching victories at Leicester and in their home derby with Tottenham with credible draws at Burnley and high-flying West Ham.
It’s left them tenth in the EPL table coming into the weekend, level on points with Leeds and seven points adrift of arch-rivals Spurs in sixth.
A pair of injury concerns threaten to disrupt the away side in defence, with Kieran Tierney and David Luiz both ruled out by knee injuries.
On loan Martin Odegaard has been nursing an ankle problem, although Granit Xhaka, Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe all featured without cause for alarm in the Europa League on Thursday night.
United are counting down the days until they are put out of their Premier League misery, as a miserable campaign sees them set to tumble back out of the top flight at the second time of asking.
The Blades have won four times all season and just once in their last eight, of which they have lost the other seven.
Popular boss Chris Wilder has departed in that time after falling out with the club’s owners, with the South Yorkshire club glued to the bottom of the table and a whopping 15 points short of safety.
A 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Leicester and an agonizing Yorkshire derby defeat at Leeds have come either side of the international break.
An already intimidating injury list has been added to by George Baldock and Jayden Bogle, both of whom suffered concussions in the trip to Elland Road.
A trio of Jacks – O’Connell, Robinson and Rodwell – are on the sidelines, as is veteran striker Billy Sharp.
At least John Egan and Enda Stevens look fit to return, while Chris Basham will need to be assessed.
Sheffield United vs Arsenal: By the numbers
- Coming into this game, Sheffield United has picked up 3 points from the last 5 games, both home and away. That’s 0.6 points per game on average. BTTS has landed in just 1 of those games. Sheffield United has scored 2 times in the last 5 fixtures.
- Things have not been going that well in front of goal for Sheffield United recently, with the side failing to score in 3 of the last 5 games. Will the manager change his tactics today, or throw in another forward?
- Sheffield United has fired blanks in 16 games this season. That’s 53% of games where they have not been able to find the back of the net. Do they need a new forward? In the last 5 games, they have scored just 2 goals.
- Just 1 of the last 5 games for Sheffield United has ended with both teams scoring. They have won 1 of those 5 games. Overall, BTTS has landed in 12/30 games for Sheffield United this season.
- Coming into this game, Arsenal has picked up 8 points from the last 5 games, both home and away. That’s 1.6 points per game on average. BTTS has landed in an intriguing 4 of those games. Arsenal has scored 9 times in the last 5 fixtures.
- Arsenal has enjoyed playing away from home recently, with the side currently unbeaten in 3 games.
- It’s possible we will see a couple of goals here, with the last 5 games for Arsenal ending with 2 goals or more being scored.
- Arsenal will be looking to keep up the momentum today against Sheffield United, having lost just 1 game from the last 5. They have won 2 and drawn 2
- Arsenal has fired blanks in 11 games this season. That’s 37% of games where they have not been able to find the back of the net. Do they need a new forward? In the last 5 games, they have scored an intriguing 9 goals.
- In the last 5 matches for Arsenal, 4 of those games has ended with both teams scoring. This season 14 matches (47% of all matches) involving Arsenal has seen BTTS landing
Stats source: footystats.org
Sheffield United vs Arsenal: Prediction
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
Sheffield United vs Arsenal: EPL starting XI prediction
Probable Sheffield United Starting XI: Aaron Ramsdale, John Egan, Ethan Ampadu, Phil Jagielka, Enda Stevens, John Lundstram, Oliver Norwood, John Fleck, Ben Osborn, David McGoldrick, Oliver McBurnie.
Probable Arsenal Starting XI: Bernd Leno, Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes, Cedric Soares, Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka, Nicolas Pepe, Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
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