Arsenal (1st) vs. Sheffield United (20th)
Arsenal vs. Sheffield United 10/28/23 – As the EPL season continues to unfold, two teams at polar ends of the form guide square off at Emirates Stadium. Sitting comfortably with six wins and no defeats, will host Sheffield United, a team desperately seeking a formula for success after a challenging start. For those looking for top EPL total picks, this is a fixture that promises both excitement and significant betting implications.
Arsenal’s offense has been a marvel this season, spearheaded by the impressive Bukayo Saka. With 4 goals from 8 starts, Saka’s pace, and trickery has troubled even the best defenses in the league. Martin Ødegaard and Declan Rice, having netted five between them, further accentuate Arsenal’s offensive might. As Sheffield United prepares to weather this storm, the key will be how their defense, which has already conceded a concerning number of goals, copes with Arsenal’s attacking flair.
On the other hand, Sheffield United, colloquially known as the Blades, have had a tepid start, to say the least. Their top scorer, Gustavo Hamer, has managed to find the net only twice. However, Oliver McBurnie’s physical presence upfront can’t be discounted. Arsenal’s defenders will need to be on their toes, ensuring that any potential counter-attacks or set-pieces don’t turn into surprise goals.
Arsenal vs. Sheffield United 10/28/23 Game Info
|When:||Saturday, October 28, 2023 at 10:00 AM ET|
David Raya GK vs. Wes Foderingham GK
David Raya has established himself as a reliable custodian for Arsenal, keeping three clean sheets out of five starts and showing quick reflexes and organization of the defense that have contributed greatly to their impressive defensive record. Facing Sheffield United’s attacking prowess, Raya will offer Arsenal extra confidence that their defence remains steady throughout.
Wes Foderingham, on the other hand, has been under siege throughout the season, having made an astounding 49 saves in 9 starts. Despite his valiant efforts, Sheffield United’s porous defense has led to him conceding 23 goals. Facing an Arsenal side rampant in attack, Foderingham will need to be at his absolute best, and even then, it may not be enough to keep a clean sheet.
Soccer Odds/Point Spread: Arsenal -714, Total 3.25
Looking at the betting odds, Arsenal are the overwhelming favorites, with a -714 moneyline, and a -2 spread priced at +140. The total goals are set at 3.25, with the over priced at -102. Given Arsenal’s form and Sheffield United’s struggles, the odds are reflective of the expected outcome. Bettors looking for value might consider the total goals market, given Arsenal’s potent attack and Sheffield United’s leaky defense.
Arsenal Betting Trends
Arsenal have been impeccable in recent times, with a 3-0 record in their last 5 matches. However, they have been less convincing against the spread, going 1-4 in their last 5 games, and 2-2 in their road games against the spread. The total has gone OVER in 2 of their last 5 games, and 3 of their last 5 games at home, showcasing their tendency to be involved in high-scoring affairs.
Sheffield United Betting Trends
Sheffield United, the Blades, are in a torrid run of form, losing all of their last 5 matches. They have been slightly better against the spread, with a 2-3 record in their last 5 games, and a 1-3 record in their road games against the spread. The total has gone OVER in 2 of their last 5 games, and 3 of their last 5 games at home.
Arsenal vs. Sheffield United 10/28/23 Betting Picks
Given the contrasting form of both teams, Arsenal are the clear favorites, and it is difficult to see any other outcome than a comfortable victory for them. Sheffield United’s struggles, particularly in defense, will likely be exposed by Arsenal’s potent attack. The spread of -2 for Arsenal might be worth considering, given their offensive prowess and Sheffield United’s defensive woes.
In terms of prop bets, looking at Arsenal’s attackers to score anytime could provide value, particularly Bukayo Saka, who has been in scintillating form. The over 3.25 total goals also seems enticing, given the expected dominance of Arsenal and the potential for Sheffield United to grab a consolation goal.
Best premium picks today would certainly include backing Arsenal to cover the spread, and potentially exploring the goalscorer markets.
Free Pick and Prediction: Arsenal 4, Sheffield United 1