Sunday, December 8, 2019

Prediction: Sheffield United vs Manchester United

Verdict: Sheffield United draw no bet 

Best Odds: 11/8

Bookmaker: Bet365

Looking to collect another scalp and continue on what has been a stellar return to the Premier League, Sheffield United will welcome Manchester United to Bramall Lane on Sunday afternoon.

Sheffield United

Starting with the hosts, picking up a 1-1 draw away at Spurs prior to the international break and many believing they were unlucky not to come away with all three points, it has been nothing short of a stellar Premier League return for Sheffield United. Opening the weekend in fifth and a point ahead of Sunday’s guests, Chris Wilder’s men are in the midst of a five-match unbeaten run that stems all the way back to the 28th of September. With a growing reputation for their rugged displays, there is no doubt that fans around Bramall Lane will be most impressed by their form on home soil. The Blades have landed back-to-back victories on home soil, including a 1-0 win over Arsenal last month. Already snatching points off of Tottenham, Chelsea, and Arsenal since landing their top-flight return over the summer, there is no doubt that Wilder’s high-flying squad should be confident of pulling off another upset this weekend.

Team News

Sheffield United could be forced to change their defence for the first time in the league this season, with John Egan’s head injury being assessed.

On-loan goalkeeper Dean Henderson is ineligible, meaning Simon Moore is set to make his Premier League debut.

Manchester United

As for the visitors, while on paper it might show that Manchester United have won five of their last six matches across all competitions, it has been an inconsistent Premier League run for the former champions. Already sat nine points adrift of the top-four and the pressure really starting to mount on Head Coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a huge part of their continued Premier League issues have come down to some glaring struggles away from Old Trafford. Handed a 1-0 defeat away at Bournemouth in their final appearance on the road, the Red Devils have now lost three of their last four top-flight matches on their travels, a run that has seen them suffer back-to-back defeats at West Ham and Newcastle. However, if United are to close the gap on the top-four this weekend, then Solskjaer will be calling on the red-hot Marcus Rashford to extend on his recent purple patch. Scoring in back-to-back matches while away on international duty, the 22-year-old has nine goals in his last 10 matches for club and country.

Team News

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has been ruled out for several weeks with an ankle injury, while Paul Pogba remains sidelined.

Luke Shaw and Nemanja Matic are back in training but not yet available.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Sheffield United are unbeaten in their last five Premier League matches.
  • The Blades have also landed back-to-back victories on home soil, including a 1-0 win over Arsenal.
  • Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has nine goals in his last 10 matches for club and country.
  • The Reds have lost three of their last four Premier League matches on the road.
  • They have also recorded just a single victory on the road since the 24th of February.

Conclusion

With Manchester United continuing to show some glaring issues in their Premier League matches on the road, Sheffield United should see Sunday as a golden chance to extend on their recent purple patch. Already snatching a 1-0 win over Arsenal at Bramall Lane last month, Chris Wilder’s men have already snatched points off of the Gunners, Tottenham, and Chelsea. Backing a Blades draw no bet seems like the smartest bet for this weekend.

Verdict: Sheffield United draw no bet 

Best Odds: 11/8

Bookmaker: Bet365

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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