Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Prediction: Sheffield United vs Arsenal

Verdict: Bukayo Saka to score anytime 

Best Odds: 6/5

Bookmaker: Olympusbet

Two sides firmly battling it out at opposite ends of the Premier League table, Arsenal will make the trip to Bramall Lane on Monday night.

Sheffield United

Starting with the hosts, while Sheffield United might have secured a crucial 3-1 victory away at Luton on February 10th, the Blades have only continued on a public Premier League nightmare this season. Last seen putting in another toothless display as they slumped to a 1-0 loss at the hands of Wolves, Chris Wilder is already seeking a famous miracle at Bramall Lane. Sat rock-bottom of the table and rightfully tipped as a landslide relegation contender in 2024, they have registered just a trio of wins from any of their 26 top-flight appearances this season. Coming under a huge amount of scrutiny, United have also gained a real reputation for their glaring struggles on home soil. Suffering respective 5-0 drumming against Brighton and Aston Villa in their two most recent showdowns at Bramall Lane, Wilder’s men have remarkably shipped 15 goals in their last three showdowns in front of their own supporters.

Team News

Still dealing with what is a stacked injury list, Sheffield United will once again be without the likes of John Egan, Max Lowe, Cameron Archer, and Chris Basham on Monday night. Likewise, shown a straight red card following a horror tackle against Brighton on February 18th, Mason Holgate is still serving a suspension here.

However, in what could prove to be a huge boost to Wilder’s squad, the Blades are hopeful that both George Baldock and Ben Brereton Diaz will be able to play some part at Bramall Lane. Scotland international Oli McBurnie could make a first Premier League start since January 30th.

Arsenal

As for the visitors, while Arsenal might have opened their Champions League knockout stage adventure with a last-gasp 1-0 loss against Porto, Mikel Arteta’s young squad are in the midst of a remarkable domestic romp. Last seen in top-flight action making another statement as they stormed their way to a 4-1 victory against Newcastle, the mood around the Emirates appears to be at a red-hot high. Including a famous 6-0 win away at West Ham on February 11th, Arsenal have now won all of their previous six Premier League appearances by an aggregate score of 25-3. Breezing their way to a routine 5-0 romp when they welcomed Sheffield United to north London for their reverse Premier League battle on October 28th, the Gunners will certainly be smelling a golden opportunity here. With their sights set on securing a first domestic crown since 2004, Arteta’s squad are tipped as a landslide contender on Monday night.

Team News

Still dealing with a long-term knee injury and not making a single appearance across any competition since the start of August, Jurrien Timber will not feature here. However, in what could be a real boost for Arsenal on Monday night, Arteta’s camp are hopeful that the duo of Oleksandr Zinchenko and Thomas Partey can play some part at Bramall Lane.

Once again finding the net against Newcastle last week and now notching seven goals in his previous six appearances across all competitions, England international Bukayo Saka will have a leading role to play here. Former Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus could make a first domestic start since the end of January.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When Sheffield United and Arsenal met for their reverse Premier League meeting on October 28th, the Gunners secured a 5-0 romp in north London.
    • Arsenal have remarkably won all of their previous six Premier League appearances by an aggregate score fo 25-3.
    • England international Bukayo Saka has notched seven goals in his previous six appearances across all competitions.
    • Sheffield United have remarkably shipped five goals in all of their last three appearances at Bramall Lane.
    • The Blades have collected just 13 points from their 26 Premier League appearances this season.

    Conclusion

    Winning all of their previous six Premier League appearances by an aggregate score of 25-3 and in the midst of a stunning domestic romp, Arsenal will certainly be smelling another golden opportunity here. Gaining a fearsome reputation for their clinal performances in the final third, Arteta’s squad will be relishing a trip to Bramall Lane on Monday night. Landing a 5-0 victory when the two sides met in north London for their reverse top-flight showdown on October 28th, the Gunners are rightfully tipped as a landslide contender.

    Verdict: Bukayo Saka to score anytime 

    Best Odds: 6/5

    Bookmaker: Olympusbet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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