With the FA Cup taking centre stage from behind closed doors this weekend, a struggling Sheffield United will welcome Arsenal to Bramall Lane on Sunday afternoon with a spot in the semi-final up for grabs.
Completely blown away at Old Trafford in midweek and seeing their outside European ambitions take what could be a crucial blow, the Premier League returners have really struggled to find their feet since returning from the enforced break.
On the flip side, while the Gunners may once again not have been at their best on Thursday evening, Arsenal did pick up what was a much-needed 2-0 win away at Southampton.
However, while Mikel Arteta’s men may have managed to record their first top-flight away victory since opening 2020, the North London outfit could be haunted by their most recent trip to Bramall Lane.
Hit with a shock 1-0 defeat in Sheffield when the two sides faced off earlier in the season, you might be interested to know that another home victory this weekend can be found pencilled in at 2/1 with Betfair.
Although a remarkable Premier League return may have labelled Sheffield United’s charge as a real fairy tale story, Chris Wilder’s men have drastically struggled to find their feet since returning from the enforced break.
Giving another scathing verdict of his team’s display in what turned out to be a 3-0 hammering at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening, the Blades have managed to pick up just a single point since returning to action.
Also putting in a season-worst display after watching Newcastle pick up their own 3-0 win against the top-flight returners last week, there is no doubt that Wilder will be demanding his side drastically improve on their performances in the final third.
Along with failing to bag a single Premier League strike since returning from the enforced break, they have managed to record just three shots on target in their three June appearances.
In fact, Sheffield United have failed to score in three consecutive league games for the first time since September 2013, under then-boss David Weir.
You might be interested to know that Sunday’s hosts can be found priced at 7/4 with Paddy Power to draw another blank on FA Cup duties this weekend.
Gunners scrape a win
Although they may not have been at their best on the South Coast in midweek, Arsenal picked up what was a hugely needed 2-0 win against home strugglers Southampton.
Marking their return from the enforced break with back-to-back defeats previously, a run highlighted by a woeful 2-1 loss at relegation scrappers Brighton, Mikel Arteta still hopes to guide his side to a European finish.
With the FA Cup now their only their chance to lift a piece of silverware this season, Pep Guardiola’s former right-hand man could be calling for Eddie Nketiah to lead their charge at Bramall Lane.
Gifted a goal thanks to a howler from Saints keeper Alex McCarthy, the 21-year-old once again got the nod ahead Alexandre Lacazette at St. Mary’s and has now six goals in 11 starts in all competitions this season for Arsenal (4) and Leeds United (2).
Highly-touted by fans around the Emirates, you might be interested to know that Nketiah can be found priced at 15/8 with 888Sport to extend on his tally in Sheffield this weekend.
Elsewhere, still dealing with a real injury headache, Arsenal were not helped by the site of Kieran Tierney limping off at St. Mary’s and the former Celtic defender looks set to miss their trip to Bramall Lane.