Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Bitesize Prediction: Brentford vs Sheffield United – 13/04/24

Competition: Premier League

Market: Ivan Toney to score anytime

Odds: 6/5 @ BetUS

In what is a real relegation six-pointer at the foot of the Premier League table, Brentford will welcome Sheffield United to west London on Saturday afternoon.

Starting with the hosts, although Brentford might have eventually left Aston Villa with a dramatic 3-3 stalemate last weekend, the Bees have endured a real Premier League struggle this season. With many in Thomas Frank’s camp still looking over their shoulder at a looming relegation scrap, the Bees certainly face what is a season-defining contest here. Heading into March’s international break with a worrying 2-1 defeat at the hands of fellow bottom-three scrappers Burnley, they have remarkably failed to muster a single victory from any of their previous nine Premier League appearances. Opening this weekend’s fixtures holding just a four-point buffer from slipping into the drop zone, there is no doubt that attacking talisman Ivan Toney will have a leading role to play in west London. Expected to make a full return after dealing with a minor knock last week, it is no secret that the England international is set for a heavyweight Premier League switch this summer. Notching five goals for club and country since making a return from his nine-month ban back in January, Toney should be smelling the chance to make a statement here.

As for the visitors, while Sheffield United might have snatched a dramatic late point against Chelsea at Bramall Lane last weekend, the Blades are limping their way to an immediate Championship return this season. Breaking a string of unwanted records, Chris Wilder’s men are sat rock-bottom of the Premier League table and nine points adrift of safety. Opening April with a 3-1 loss away at title contenders Liverpool, Saturday’s guests have collected just a single win from any of their previous 16 showdowns against top-flight opposition. With their extended crisis stemming all the way back to a shock 1-0 victory against Brentford on December 9th, nothing short of three points will be enough for the leading relegation candidates here. Despite marking their return from March’s international break with an action-packed 3-3 draw against Fulham, Sheffield United have gained a reputation for their glaring defensive issues. In fact, the Blades have shipped a stunning 22 goals in just their last seven Premier League outings.

Bet: Ivan Toney 6/5 to score anytime against Sheffield United in Saturday’s Premier League matchup @ BetUS

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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