Sheffield United vs. Arsenal: FA Cup Quarter-Final – Match Preview

Two sides who have struggled since English football returned following the Covid-19 break meet in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Sheffield United are yet to score, claiming just one point from three fixtures and were easily beaten by Manchester United on Wednesday.

Anthony Martial scored United’s first league hat-trick since 2013 in the 3-0 win for the hosts.

Arsenal had lost their first couple of games since the leagues restart, however recorded a comfortable 2-0 win away at Southampton on Thursday.

Eddie Nketiah opened the scoring, with fellow youth product Joe Willock sealing the win late on.

Match history
Sheffield United took four points off the Gunners in the league this season, winning 1-0 at Brammall Lane.

The two sides have met relatively frequently in the FA Cup in recent years, with Arsenal progressing through all the ties.

Last five meetings (Premier League unless stated)
Arsenal 1 Sheffield United 1 – 18/01/20
Sheffield United 1 Arsenal 0 – 21/10/19
Arsenal 6 Sheffield United 0 (League Cup) – 23/09/08
Sheffield United 0 Arsenal 3 (League Cup) – 31/10/07
Sheffield United 1 Arsenal 0 – 30/12/06

Under 2.5 goals – 7/10 with Bet 365

Team news
Dean Henderson and John Egan will return for the Blades after both missed the trip to Old Trafford.

Billy Sharp is likely to return to the XI, having been rotated for the previous game.

David Luiz is available for Mikel Arteta after serving a two-match ban, however he may not start.

Bernd Leno, Gabriel Martinelli, Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari and Lucas Torreira are all injured.

Expected starting XI’s
Sheffield United (3-5-2): Henderson; Basham, Egan, Robinson; Baldock, Norwood, Fleck, Berge, Osborn; McBurnie, Sharp
Arsenal (4-3-3): Martinez; Bellerin, Mustafi, Holding, Tierney; Xhaka, Willock; Pepe, Saka, Aubameyang; Nketiah

Predictions

Result: Draw (23/10 with Bet 365)

Correct Score: 1-1 (5/1 with Betfair)

Anytime Goalscorer: Eddie Nketiah (13/5 with 888 Sport)

Odds correct at time of article (27/06, 08:00), they are subject to change

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