Sheffield Utd vs Arsenal Prediction, Preview, Team News and Betting Tips
Sheffield Utd vs Arsenal Premier League
While Sheffield United aren’t yet mathematically down – they could, in theory, finish as high as 13th – no side has survived being bottom of the Premier League (PL) after matchday 30 since Leicester City back in 2014/15. Realistically, four straight competitive defeats with just one goal scored strongly suggests the ‘Blades’ will be playing Championship football next term.
With no PL home draw since October 10 (W3, L9), it’s ‘win or bust’ for the Yorkshire side in every sense, but they’ve beaten their visitors in the last two home league H2Hs and are unbeaten across all four PL meetings here (W2, D2). They netted once in each match therein, but never later than the 55th minute.
That might concern Arsenal, who are winless in four competitive matches (D2, L2), and start the round ten points behind the side in fourth place. Battling to qualify for Europe via the league, they’ve not kept a clean sheet in 14 competitive games (W5, D4, L5) and conceded first in each of their last three PL fixtures (W1, D1, L1).
The ‘Gunners’ did likewise in two of their last three away league outings too, but avoided defeat in both (W1, D1). That was largely down to their prowess after HT on the road, and indeed ahead of this round, Arsenal can boast the division’s fourth-best second-half record away from home (SH: W7, D6, L2).
Players to score: Battling midfielder John Lundstram has been booked in Sheffield’s last two league games, and ahead of this round, no player has collected more yellow cards (eight) in the PL this term. Meanwhile, Alexandre Lacazette has scored in two of Arsenal’s previous three top-flight outings, and six of his last seven PL strikes have now arrived in or after the 60th minute.
Hot stat: Sheffield are the only PL side yet to score 2+ first-half goals in a fixture this term.
Prediction: Sheffield Utd  vs  Arsenal