Morning all.

Arsenal women kept their chance of a WSL trophy intact yesterday by beating Totts 1-0. It was a frustrating performance because they struggled to find the net in the first half. Right after the break, Alessia Russo tapped home a sitter after some good work from Beth Mead.

Not one Premier League result over the weekend did us any favours. Liverpool fluked their way to a 1-0 victory over Nottingham Forest. Aston Villa scored late on to beat Luton and then yesterday, Man City beat Man Utd 3-1. Oh, and Totts won their game too. Still, at least Reading won…

As it stands, we’re five points behind leaders Liverpool and only three points ahead of fourth place Aston Villa so the pressure is on Mikel Arteta and his players to win tonight to win.

Arsenal have been very good on the road since the turn of year, beating Nottingham Forest 2-1, West Ham 6-0 and Burnley 5-0. At Bramall Lane, Sheffield Utd have been struggling, conceding five goals in each their last three games. But, before we get overly confident about another potential high scoring away victory, our record against Utd isn’t great. One win in five isn’t brilliant but I know, much has changed since the last time we played them let alone the previous four fixtures.

At The Emirates, earlier in the season, it took half an hour for Mikel Arteta’s team to break the dealock. Eddie Nketiah scored the goal before nabbing himself a hat-trick. The best of the three was his third, a stunning 20-yard strike from distance. Substitutes Fabio Vieira scored from the spot before Takehiro Tomiyaso made it 5-0.

Team news:

Thomas Partey could be in the squad tonight and if he is, it’ll be for the first time since October. Both Oleksandr Zinchenko and Takehiro Tomiyasu are close to making a return, but despite returning to training this week, it’s far too soon for Jurrien Timber.

Chris Wilder has a boost as Ben Brereton Diaz and George Baldock are available for selection again but Mason Holgate is suspended. Cameron Archer and Anis Slimane aren’t expected to return until after the international break. John Egan, Chris Basham, Max Lowe and Rhys Norrington-Davies are out for the rest of the season. Daniel Jebbison remains out too.

What can we expect from tonight’s opponents?

Adrian Clarke has the answer:

Wilder is well known for his affection for a 3-5-2. On the ball, he likes to use the full width of the pitch with his wing-backs looking to combine with the two wider central midfield players. The Blades are likely to spend much of this contest out of possession though – they average a division-low 36 per cent share – so their system will look more like a 5-4-1 for most of this match.

They try to congest the middle third rather than adopting a low block, but against top teams Sheffield United can get pushed back but they are abrasive in their approach. Defensive midfielder Vinicius Souza has won more tackles than any other Premier League player, and the Brazilian is not alone in showing aggression. Looking to upset our rhythm on the ball, it will be a surprise if they are passive.

Counter-attacks will be their main source of attacking hope, so it is likely Will Osula or Rhian Brewster, two quick forwards, will lead the line. Target man Oli McBurnie is their other option up top, but Gus Hamer and Manchester City loanee James McAtee are the Blades’ most creative performers. Both midfielders possess a goal threat from anywhere inside the final third, while McAtee has a terrific left foot and will be dangerous coming in off the right or playing in central pockets behind the striker.

Perhaps Vinicius Souza is a player to keep an eye on. Brazilian, 24, a 6’ 2” defensive midfielder who if Utd get relegated, might fancy a move to a different Premier League club. Just saying….

Utd need points and lots of them and whilst I don’t believe they’ll get any from this game tonight, they will be out to make it very difficult for whichever team Mikel Arteta fields. Mind you, I thought West Ham and Burnley would put up a fight too. As Adrian Clarke says though, Wilder’s men will be out to try and stop Arsenal from settling or finding any kind of rhythm so it might be a night for being patient. We’ll see soon enough..

Officials for tonight’s game:

Referee: Sam Barrott
Assistants: Simon Bennett, Dan Robathan
Fourth official: Anthony Taylor
VAR: John Brooks
Assistant VAR: Marc Perry

Catch up later…