Preview and Prediction
The Gunners is in search of a consolation for this season after the disappointing campaign in the Premier League. As the chance to qualify for Europa League is still likely out of reach, winning FA Cup seems to be the most reasonable one to win the title as well as clinch one spot for the continental competition. This weekend is the opportunity for such as they will be meeting Sheffield United in the quarter final.
The teams’ previous matches
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 Arteta’s men could benefit from The Saints’ goal keeper’s blunder twice. Leeds Utd’s loanee Eddie Nketiah and Joe Willock took such advantage to score.
Chris Wilder should consider modifying 3-5-2 formation to 5-3-2 to be able to frustrate Arsenal’s 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.
Mikel Arteta is likely to employ 4-3-3 formation after his team’s 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, whereas David Luiz is still serving his ban.
Players to watch
Chris Wilder hopes for the better form in this game and Dean Henderson is one key man he hopes to shine in this fixture. The 23-year old goalie who is regarded as the future St.George’s Cross’ main man between the posts has been impressive this season. Another notable key figure to watch is the Scots John Fleck.
In Arsenal, the former Dortmund man, Pierre Aubameyang is expected to score again after failing several times since the restart. Some other notable figures to watch are the German international Shkodran Mustafi, Granit Xhaka and surely the Ivorian Nicolas Pepe.
Sheffield United vs Arsenal Prediction
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.
According to the punters, there is no clear favourite. Yet, the host is in the lower win market at 3.10, whereas The Gunners are projected to win at 2.35. The draw result is at the value of 3.25.