Sheffield United are looking to pick up their first points of the season when they travel to the Emirates Stadium tomorrow to face Arsenal in the Premier League. Chris Wilder’s Blades have yet to pick up a single point, nor score a goal in the three matches played thus far against Wolves, Aston Villa and in the Yorkshire derby at home to Leeds United.
They might consider themselves unfortunate not to have walked away with at least a point from the match with Premier League newcomers Leeds United after Patrick Bamford netted a winner on 88 minutes, which proved to be the games’ only goal. Throughout the game, the match the Blades squandered opportunities to have taken the lead.
Also, the Blades have recorded defeats to Wolverhampton Wanderers (0-2), and Aston Villa (0-1), in their opening triple fixtures, leaving United in the bottom three of the table without a single point and have yet to score a Premier League goal.
It had been pencilled in that this match at the Emirates Stadium would mark a significant milestone in the 2020-21 season, with supporters, although a limited number, being allowed back in to witness live games. However, following further statements by the government, this has now been put on hold for the moment. No timescale has been set as to when fans may leave their sofas and return to football grounds.
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Blades boss Chris Wilder will be looking to claim his 100th victory, in what will be his 200th match, in all competitions, as Sheffield United manager.
The Blades head to the Emirates Stadium without defender Jack O’Connell (knee), through injury. It has been reported that he may require an operation and miss the entire season. However, United are boosted by the return of Irish international John Egan, who returns
Sheffield United finally put an end to the transfer saga that involving Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster moving to Bramall Lane in a ‘will he, won’t he’ situation but completing the full transfer for the 20-year-old forward. The deal is said to be worth £23.5million, with the Reds being entitled to a 15% sell-on clause and first availability in a buy-back scheme, which is valid for 3 years. Subject to a medical, he may be in the squad to face Arsenal.
Sheffield United 1-2 Arsenal – 28.06.2020 – FA Cup Quarter-Finals
Forthcoming Blades Fixtures;
17 Oct – Fulham (h) 15:00
24 Oct – Liverpool (a) 15:00
31 Oct – Manchester City (h) 15:00
07 Nov – Chelsea (a) 15:00
21 Nov – West Ham United (h) 15:00
28 Nov – West Bromwich Albion (a) 15:00