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EPL game of the week: Arsenal vs. Sheffield United

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January 15th, 2020

The English Premier League game of the week features upstart Sheffield United against Arsenal, which is looking to finally get it together and make a run. Which team has the edge Saturday?

Arsenal vs. Sheffield United odds

ArsenalDrawSheffield United
-120
+260
+335

Inconsistency has plagued Arsenal

Arsenal’s up-and-down season has them residing in 10th place in the table (28 points). The Gunners are just three points back of seventh place, in a crowded pack in the middle of the standings. They’re being paced by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has 14 goals in the EPL this season, but he is serving a three-game suspension after a red card against Crystal Palace.
Arsenal needs production from Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pépé if it wants to get into Champions League positioning, and the Gunners need their defense to be more consistent. David Luiz, Sokratis, and Calum Chambers must do better, and the guys in the middle need to take care of the ball. If they can be consistent, they will have the edge.

Sheffield United has exceeded expectations this season

Sheffield United has had a wildly successful season. The Blades were promoted from the Championship this year and they’re in sixth place, just two points behind Manchester United for fifth and Europa League positioning.

They don’t score a lot of goals, but their defense has been stellar. They are tied with Leicester City for second fewest goals allowed this season (21). They will need some offense against Arsenal, and they’ll look to Lys Mousset, John Fleck, and Oli McBurnie to provide it. The three have combined for 13 of Sheffield’s 24 goals this season, and they’ll need others to step up if they want to take the three points away from the Gunners.

Prediction: Draw (+330)

Arsenal will continue its inconsistent play. Its defense has been lackluster and poor play in the middle has led to costly turnovers. It will cost them points in this one, as well. The Gunners will take the lead but will give it up in the second half on a giveaway that Sheffield United will pounce on. This game will end in a 1-1 draw (+580), a result that will leave both sides wanting more.




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