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

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Friday, February 21, 2020


Bramall Lane

Punter's Pick

The home side are a generously priced 19/20 with Betfair to pick up all three points, and nothing in the recent form or performances of these two sides suggests this will be anything other than a routine home victory. Having said that the home side rarely win by more than one goal on most occasions, so taking 13/5 with Bet365 that the Blades win by just the solitary goal looks to be an appealing bet as well.

Sheffield United resume their fight for a top five spot and a potential place in the Champions League as they take on an under pressure Brighton side who need the points for differing reasons in their battle against the drop.

Immaculate Blades continue to earn plaudits

Starting the day in sixth place and just two points behind fourth placed Chelsea, Chris Wilder’s side have rightly been drawing praise from all quarters in what has been a dream return to the Premier League for the Blades. Their achievements are made all the more impressive when considering the current predicament of fellow promoted sides Aston Villa and Norwich City, both of whom are deeply mired in the relegation fight and in imminent danger of a brief stay in the top flight.

Wilder’s side have differed from those two in as much their organisation, tactics and formation have been consistent throughout the season, and aided by the fact they rarely make mistakes at the back (unlike the almost weekly generosity shown by Villa and Norwich), with a rock solid back three one of the most difficult defences in the Premier League to break down.

Brighton heading for the drop?

In contrast to the Blades, Brighton have been inconsistent throughout most of the season, mixing the occasional decent result with plenty of bad ones, leaving them just three points outside of the relegation places at the start of the weekend. All too often they have been good to watch, enjoyed plenty of the ball under Graham Potter’s new system and tactics, but lacked the killer touch to put sides away. The Seagulls have scored just 31 goals in the top flight so far this season, not a great return considering how many games they regularly dominate but fail to put their chances away. With no wins in their last six fixtures, the Seagulls are drifting ever closer to the bottom three, and with a tough run of fixtures on the horizon (Wolves, Leicester City, Arsenal and Manchester United) they will be desperate for a result from this tough game.

Team News

Sheffield United are enjoying a clean bill of health in terms of injuries, and came through the win against Bournemouth in their last fixture unscathed. Manager Chris Wilder is more than likely to start with the same XI, with regular starter David McGoldrick again likely to be on the bench after his recent return from injury.

Brighton’s leading scorer Neal Maupay was curiously on the bench again for their come from behind draw against Watford last time out, making it two games in a row the Frenchman has not started. With his extra pace he may be recalled, but Jose Izquierdo and Dale Stephens are doubtful with injuries.

Blades to make it three in a row?

The form book suggests the Blades should make it three league wins in a row, with Brighton struggling for both confidence and results at present. The home side are difficult to break down and very efficient in attack, and the Seagulls’ porous defence has already conceded 38 goals this season, suggesting the Blades should be able to find sufficient openings to secure another win in their unlikely pursuit of Champions League football.

Punter's Pick

The home side are a generously priced 19/20 with Betfair to pick up all three points, and nothing in the recent form or performances of these two sides suggests this will be anything other than a routine home victory. Having said that the home side rarely win by more than one goal on most occasions, so taking 13/5 with Bet365 that the Blades win by just the solitary goal looks to be an appealing bet as well.

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