Brighton v Sheffield United Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Saturday, December 21, 2019


Amex Stadium

Punter's Pick

A tactical game of chess may ensue between two managers with growing reputations, paving the way for a draw which is available for backing at 9/4 with Bet365. Sheffield United have the second best defence in the Premier League, so this is unlikely to be a game flowing with goals, 2.5 goals and under at 8/11 looks a sensible punt, again with Bet365.

Two of the relatively more surprise packages come face to face on Saturday afternoon, as in-form Sheffield United look to continue to confound the pundits as they play a Brighton team also ticking along nicely in recent weeks.

Can Blades stay in the mix for top six finish?

Sitting in seventh position at the start of the weekend fixtures, with only goal difference keeping them outside the top six, it has been a remarkable return to the top flight for Sheffield United so far, under their master tactician of a manager Chris Wilder. Their continued use of three centre backs, all of whom are confident of switching to advanced positions when the Blades are in possession of the ball has continued to confuse opposition sides who routinely struggle to break down the Blades’ tight defence.

With away trips to Manchester City and Liverpool to come, preceded by a home fixture to Watford, the Blades’ battle for a top six finish should become a lot clearer over the festive and New Year period. If they come away with wins against Brighton and Watford going into those two fixtures, they can almost afford to lose both games and still be in the battle for the top six, such is the congestion behind the top three teams.

Clean sheets continue to elude Brighton

Despite a tidy run of five points in their last three league games, including a memorable win at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal, manager Graham Potter will be concerned at the amount of goals his side continue to concede. It has been six league games since his side managed the rare feat of keeping a clean sheet, just of three since the opening day of the season where they cruised home 3-0 against a dismal Watford side. Part of the problem has been a more expansive approach and playing out from the back has frequently led to them being caught in their own half, with teams scoring quickly in the transition, something that Potter will need to solve if he wants Brighton to evolve into a top ten side.

Team News

Dale Stephens is available for selection after missing the draw with Crystal Palace through suspension and should slot straight back into the starting XI. Young forward  Aaron Connolly could also feature after missing the last two matches through injury, although a place on the bench might the best Brighton will get from the talented Irishman as they ease him back into action before the hectic festive schedule. Definitely missing for the Seagulls will be Solly March and Jose Izquierdo.

The Blades will be without key midfielder Jon Fleck, who scored twice last weekend in the win against Aston Villa, but also picked up his fifth yellow card of the season to trigger a one match ban. Muhamed Besic and Luke Freeman will be vying to replace the Scotsman, but other than that Sheffield United should be at full strength.

Tight affair could end in stalemate

The Blades are a tough nut to crack on their travels, currently being the only unbeaten side away from home alongside runaway league leaders Liverpool. Unlike the Reds though, they have a habit of drawing a number of games, with six of their away fixtures ending in a stalemate. Brighton have drawn two of their last three fixtures as well, paving the way for this tactical battle to end in a potential stalemate.

Punter's Pick

A tactical game of chess may ensue between two managers with growing reputations, paving the way for a draw which is available for backing at 9/4 with Bet365. Sheffield United have the second best defence in the Premier League, so this is unlikely to be a game flowing with goals, 2.5 goals and under at 8/11 looks a sensible punt, again with Bet365.

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