Bramall Lane, Sheffield, England
Key Stat: Sheffield United have scored the fewest goals (17) in the Premier League this season
Expert Verdict: Both sides have had seasons to forget and neither are showing signs of ending this season with a bang or giving cause for encouragement for next year’s campaign. Managerless Sheffield United look like a team who don’t want to return to action until their passionate fans are permitted back in the ground and Arsenal epitomise a side who know the race for the Champions League is over and are now focusing exclusively on the Europa League. Man for man Arsenal should have too much quality but Sheffield United may adopt a physical approach in this game.
Irrespective of how this game turns out, Sheffield United’s relegation to the Championship will still not be confirmed. A win for 17th placed Newcastle would put the Blades out of their misery but as it stands they will probably have to wait another couple of weeks. However a win for Arsenal is by no means guaranteed. In spite of a victory in the North London derby, their recent form has again lacked consistency and they threw away a lead in the closing stages of Thursday night’s Europa League fixture. The Premier League match takes place at Bramall Lane on April 11 and the live action kicks off at 19:00 local time.
Defenders:Chris Basham, Ethan Ampadu, Kean Bryan
Midfielders:George Baldock, John Lundstram, Oliver Norwood, John Fleck, Enda Stevens
Forwards:David McGoldrick, Billy Sharp
Defenders:Cedric Soares, David Luiz, Gabriel, Kieran Tierney
Defensive Midfielders:Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka
Attacking Midfielders:Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang
Arsenal lead the head to head games 50-40 with 27 draws. The Blades have been victorious over the Gunners only three times since 1981, with all the victories a narrow 1-0 win. The last meeting between the sides saw Arsenal emerge as 2-1 winners in October at the Emirates Stadium. Strikes on 61 and 64 minutes from Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe established a lead before David McGoldrick pulled a goal back in the 84th minute.
Arsenal are favourites and can be backed at 4/7 with 10Bet to win
Arsenal to win to nil has been set at 7/5 with Betway
Alexandre Lacazette is 20/21 with 10Bet to score at any time
Arsenal will still be licking their wounds from conceding late against Sparta Prague on Thursday night and may well be slow out of the blocks at Bramall Lane. Sheffield United on the other hand, have had eight days to prepare after their 2-1 defeat in Leeds last week. However, for all the Gunners’ frailties, the Blades have far more and we expect Mikel Arteta’s side to return to London with a comfortable three points.