Sheffield United vs Arsenal: The Only Path Left for Europa League
FA Cup has been quite friendly for Arsenal for the past few years. They have been able to clinch the title three times in the last six years. In fact, they are the record title holder with thirteen titles so far. No wonder that Mikel Arteta’s men are hoping the lady luck is on their side in this competition which is the only path remaining for them to be able to play in the continental tournament next season. This weekend at the quarter final stage, they will be facing off Sheffield United.
Sheffield United news
The Blades suffered a heavy 0-3 loss while travelling to Old Trafford. Their inability of playing the Manchester United loanee Dean Henderson between the posts plus their negative trend after the restart led to such result. Anthony Martial was the start of the game since he earned his first hattrick for The Red Devils.
Arsenal, on the other hand, managed to clinch a 2-0 victory while taking on Southampton in the midweek. Mikel Artetas men could benefit from The Saintsgoal keepers blunder twice. Leeds Utds loanee Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock took such advantage to score.
Missing players and probable lineups
Chris Wilder should consider modifying 3-5-2 formation to 5-3-2 to be able to frustrate Arsenals forwards with more solid defensive stance. Yet, there will be a slight crisis at the front as Lys Mousset will miss the game. That means only Billy Sharp and Dave McGoldrick are the available options to cover the French man and accompany Oliver McBurnie as the duo front men.
Sheffield United: Dean Henderson; John Egan, Chris Basham, Phil Jagielka; John Fleck, Mohammed Besic, Oliver Norwood, Jack Robinson, George Baldock; Dave McGoldrick, Oliver McBurnie.
Mikel Arteta is likely to employ 4-3-3 formation after his teams success in sealing their first win after the restart. Eddie Nketiah might still be given a chance in the starting IX supported by Pierre Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe. Alexander Lacazette will come out of the bench at the second half if their attack does not improve. Meanwhile, on the injury table, there are still six players on the sideline. They are Lucas Torreira, Bernd Leno, Callum Chambers, Pablo Mari, Gabriel Martinelli and Cedric Soares.
Arsenal: Emiliano Martinez; Rob Holding, Skhodran Mustafi, Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney; Matteo Guendozi, Bukayo Saka, Dani Ceballos; Nicolas Pepe, Pierre Aubameyang, Eddie Nketiah.
In the head-to-head meetings, it is quite even as both do not have much different record in the last six encounters. The Blades have won twice and draw once while The Gunners have managed to win three times.
The host might be in a difficulty to resume their good form before the lockdown. They have been quite disappointing and goalless but conceded six times. This is something Nicolas Pepe and Co could take advantage. There is a big chance for them to progress to the semi final.
Where to watch
International TV channels:
ESPN (USA), DAZN (Austria, Germany, Spain, Italy), Eleven Sports 1 (Belgium), DIGI GO (Slovakia, Czech Rep) Viaplay (Norway, Denmark) Canal+France (France), Ziggo Sport 14 (Netherlands), BT Sport 1 (Ireland, UK), Sportbox.ru (Russia).
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