Arsenal vs Sheffield United
England – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 18 January 2020
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Emirates Stadium (London).
Under Mikel Arteta the Gunners seem to be once again a side to be afraid of. They do have the home advantage to lean on this weekend, but the arrival of the defensively superior Sheffield could produce some problems for the Arsenal forwards.
Arsenal Team News, Updates and Facts
Arsenal Team News
Arsenal’s appeal against Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang failed, meaning the Gabonese striker will mis out. Lucas Torreira, Sead Kolasinac and Hector Bellerin are back in training, though the former two are closer to fitness than the latter. Calum Chambers and Kieran Tierney are long-term absentees, meanwhile. Aubameyang’s ban could mean a start for Gabriel Martinelli.
Arsenal Key Players
Alexandre Lacazette – Set up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal at the weekend – his second assist – and he has scored six times this season too.
Nicholas Pepe – Scored in the win against Manchester United on New Year’s Day but it is fair to say he has not yet made the impact many were hoping for.
Jonny Evans – Leads the Leicester defence that, after their chastising loss to Liverpool, may still feel Gabriel Martinelli – The young Brazilian could be handed a starting chance and he has caught the eye with his appearances so far this season.
Arsenal Team Form
Arsenal are actually unbeaten in 2020, bouncing back from a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea by beating Manchester United 2-0 on New Year’s Day, before an FA Cup win at home to Leeds and their draw with Crystal Palace last weekend. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored their goal at Palace, but he was later sent off after Palace had equalised as Arsenal remained stuck in mid-table.
Arsenal Predicted Starting Line up
Expected Line up: 4-2-3-1
Arsenal likely XI
- Goalkeeper:Bernd Leno
- Defenders:Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, David Luiz, Sead Kolasinac
- Defensive Midfielders:Lucas Torreira, Granit Xhaka
- Attacking Midfielders:Nicholas Pepe, Mesut Ozil, Gabriel Martinelli
- Forwards:Alexandre Lacazette
Sheffield United Team News, Updates and Facts
Sheff Utd Team News
Simon Moore and Michael Verrips could be available again, but Dean Henderson is likely to keep the number-one jersey and the Blades otherwise have a full outfield squad to choose from.
Sheff Utd Key Players
Lys Mousset – Scored when these teams last met – one of five goals he has managed this season to top the Blades’ league goals chart.
John Fleck – The Scottish midfielder is central to Sheffield United’s system and has scored four times in 19 matches so far this season.
John Lundstram – A Fantasy Football favourite this season, but that is born out of the role he has played on the pitch for the Blades so far.
Sheff Utd Team Form
Sheffield United bounced back from their back-to-back defeats at Manchester City and Liverpool by beating National League AFC Fylde and, more significantly, seeing off West Ham in the league last time out. Oli McBurnie scored their only goal of the game in Friday’s fixture, but a late VAR intervention cancelled out a last-minute West Ham equaliser.
Sheffield United Predicted Starting Line up
Expected Line up: 3-5-2
Sheffield United likely XI
- Goalkeeper:Dean Henderson
- Defenders:Chris Basham, John Egan, Jack O Connell
- Midfielders:George Baldock, John Lundstram, Oliver Norwood, John Fleck, Enda Stevens
- Forwards:Oli McBurnie, Lys Mousset