Verdict: Arsenal win
Best Odds: 4/6
Getting their Anfield revenge earlier within the week, Arsenal will flip their consideration back to Premier League duties after they host Sheffield United on the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.
Starting with the hosts, managing to guide their spot within the quarter-finals of this year’s EFL Cup thanks to penalties victory at Anfield on Thursday evening, Arsenal ought to nonetheless find the temper of their camp at a actual excessive. While a 3-1 defeat by the hands of the defending champions earlier within the week may have introduced an end to the Gunners’ 100% start to the brand new Premier League marketing campaign, Mikel Arteta’s men definitely have a Champions League return on the top of their agenda this season. Already lifting both the Community Shield and the FA Cup at an empty Wembley over the summer time, Pep Guardiola’s former right-hand man also has one attacking star having fun with an early-season purple patch. Despite missing a golden probability at Anfield of their 3-1 defeat on Monday evening, Alexandre Lacazette once once more got himself on the scoresheet and has found the net in all three of Arsenal’s Premier League appearances coming into October.
After being rested at Anfield while on EFL Cup duties on Thursday evening, skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set for a recall and can be part of Alexandre Lacazett up top.
However, while defender Sokratis has made a return to coaching, the Greek international is not going to feature on Sunday.
As for the guests, while Sheffield United may have cemented their spot as the Premier League’s shock package deal last season, Chris Wilder’s side are actually exhibiting some cause for concern this time round. Left heartbroken last weekend after watching bitter rivals and top-flight returners Leeds land a last-gasp 1-0 win at Bramall Lane, the Blades have now lost every of their three appearances since opening the 2020/2021 marketing campaign. Even more worrying for this weekend’s visitors, together with shedding every of their final three Premier League matchups over the summer time, they now find themselves within the midst of a six-match shedding run persevering with on from last season. In truth, A seventh consecutive Premier League defeat on Sunday would equal their longest shedding streak within the top flight, set between August and September 1975. With a powerful run of fixtures in October, Wilder will also have a actual headache over his side’s issues within the final third. Sheffield United have failed to score in every of their opening three league games for the first time of their historical past.
Sheffield United stay with out Simon Moore and Lys Mousset, but John Egan is back after finishing a one-game ban.
His return is well timed as fellow defender Jack O’Connell is dominated out.
Key Factors to Consider
- Including their last three Premier League contests last season, Sheffield United have now lost every of their previous six top-flight matchups on the bounce.
- The Blades have also failed to record a single strike in any of their three contests thus far this season.
- Alexandre Lacazette has found the net in all three of their opening Premier League appearances thus far.
- Arsenal have not lost a Premier League home game in 2020, a run of 10 matches since defeat by Chelsea on 29 December (W8, D2).
- When the 2 sides confronted off back in June, the Gunners picked up a 2-1 win at Bramall Lane on FA Cup duties.
While Arsenal may have seen Liverpool end their 100% start to the brand new marketing campaign on Monday evening, the Gunners shall be wanting to make a return to successful methods and lay down a actual marker within the capital. With the likes of Alexandre Lacazette now discovering the net in every of his three Premier League appearances thus far, a downbeat Sheffield United might be in for a powerful journey to North London. Continuing to show the identical issues that haunted them on the end of the 2019/2020 marketing campaign, Sunday’s visitors have lost every of their opening three top-flight contests heading into October and are nonetheless but to even record a single strike thus far. Landing a 2-1 win on FA Cup duties when the 2 sides confronted off back in June, we’re backing a related home victory this weekend.
Verdict: Arsenal win
Best Odds: 4/6