How can I watch Arsenal v Sheffield United? Who is the ref? What are the latest odds? Early team news

Sheffield United will head to the capital on Sunday afternoon to take on Arsenal in the Premier League – and here’s everything you need to know ahead of the clash:

Thursday, 1st October 2020, 1:19 pm

When is the game? What time is kick-off?

Chris Wilder’s side will be looking to kick-start their season when they travel to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, October 4.

Kick-off is at 2pm.

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Is Arsenal v Sheffield United on TV? How can I follow it live?

Yes, Arsenal v Sheffield United is on TV.

The game will be broadcast on Sky Sports via its Main Event channel from 1pm.

But don’t forget, The Star will also be running a comprehensive live blog with team news, live updates, reaction and analysis from James Shield - who will be one of a handful of people allowed access to the game in North London.

Chris Wilder will take his Sheffield United to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday to play Arsenal, managed by Mikel Arteta. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Is there any injury news? Who is in the teams?

There’s good news and bad news for Blades boss Chris Wilder.

The good news is defender John Egan is available again after serving a one-game ban following his controversial sending off in the 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa on September 21.

But the bad news is Egan’s defensive colleague, Jack O’Connell, will be unavailable for selection for the majority of the season as he recovers from a knee operation.

Summer signing Ethan Ampadu, who has joined on a season-long loan from Chelsea, made his league debut in the 1-0 defeat to Leeds United at Bramall Lane on Sunday and could once again get the nod from Wilder.

Other than O’Connell’s absence, Wilder is expected to have a near-full strength squad to choose from for the game against the Gunners.

However, he will once again be missing striker Lys Mousset who is out after having surgery on a ‘rare injury’ to a ligament under his toe he suffered in pre-season.

As for Arsenal, Arteta should be able to pick from the same matchday squad which travelled to Liverpool on Monday night – with Calum Chambers (knee), Shkodran Mustafi (hamstring), Pablo Mari (ankle) and Gabriel Martinelli (knee) all unavailable as they continue their rehabilitation from injury.

The Gunners return to Merseyside on Thursday to play Jurgen Klopp’s men in the Carabao Cup fourth round but are expected to field a much-changed side for the clash at Anfield.

Who is the referee?

Lee Mason will referee the game, with Mark Scholes and Timothy Wood his assistants.

Robert Jones is the fourth official, while Andre Marriner will be on VAR duty.

What are the odds?

Sky Bet is offering the following odds on the game:

Arsenal - 11/20

Draw – 3/1

Sheffield United - 5/1

Are any tickets available?

No. All Premier League games are currently being played behind closed doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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