Sheffield United are set to host Arsenal in their latest Premier League fixture. The two teams are struggling at this moment. Last season both of them ended the season with a lot of high expectations. However, things haven’t gone as per plan for both of them.
After finishing ninth last season, the Blades were expected to build upon that. However, they are now at the bottom of the league. The prospect of them getting relegated are very high now. They even lost their long-term manager Chris Walder.
As for the Gunners, they enjoyed the honeymoon period under Mikel Arteta. The Gunners won the FA Cup and the Community Shield as well. Not only this, Arsenal performed well in the transfer market. Willian arrived on a free transfer, Partey and Gabriel were seen as very good signings for the club.
The North Londoners must have been hoping for a top-four finish. However, they are far away from that for the time being. Currently, they are 11th in the table and now they are fighting for a place in the Europa League next season.
Analysis: Shieffield United vs Arsenal
Despite the tough times this season, the Blades might find some relief against the Gunners. Sheffield United are unbeaten in their previous four Premier League games at home. Also, this is the ground on which, Arsenal has played more games without a victory.
However, now things are very different now. The Blades will sit back and try to absorb the pressure from the Gunners. Squad rotation will be the key for Mikel Arteta, as Arsenal are also playing in the Europa League next week.
The North Londoners would not want to risk thier top players for the game. Considering, Sheffield United’s form this season, on paper it should be easy for Arsenal. However, it could turn out to be banana skin for them as well. In recent years, the Gunners have earned a reputation for not winning easy games.
Mikel Arteta’s side will have more possession of the ball and they will dominate the proceedings. However, in football, possession does not guarantee a victory. The Blades will try to counter-attack and score goals through set pieces.
When and Where ?
Sheffield United will host Arsenal at Bramall Lane in the Premier League on 11th March 2021 at 11:30 PM (IST).
Team News and Injury Update
John Egan, Sander Berge, Jack O’Connell, and Chris Basham won’t be available for the game due to injury. While Jayden Bogle and George Baldock might miss the game due to concussion protocols. Jack Robinson, Billy Sharp, and Jack Rodwell are long-term absentees.
Predicted Line Up: Aaron Ramsdale; Enda Stevens, Phil Jagielka, Etham Ampadu; Ben Osborn, John Fleck, Oliver Norwood, John Lundstram, Max Lowe; Oliver McBurnie, David McGoldrick.
Kieran Tierney, Martin Odegaard, and David Luiz are the only three players unavailable with Mikel Arteta. Apart from these players, his whole squad is fit.
Predicted Line Up: Bernd Leno; Cedric Soares, Pablo Mari, Rob Holding, Callum Chambers; Granit Xhaka, Dani Ceballos; Willian, Emile Smith-Rowe, Bukayo Saka; Alexandre Lacazette.
Head to Head stats
In their previous five meetings between the two teams, Arsenal has won thrice, Sheffield United has won once and one game has been a draw.
When teams are trying to defend deep against top teams, it is often their goalkeepers who need to have a big game. Aaron Ramsdale is in for one such big game. Ramsdale’s good performance can certainly help the Blades.
This season, Saka has been the difference-maker for the club. It is likely that against Sheffield he might have to come up with something to open up their defence.
The 12th Man Prediction Sheffield United 0 vs 2 Arsenal
Arsenal are still a top team and they are likely to prove too much for the Blades this time.