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

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Premier League Sheffield United v Burnley

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Saturday, November 2, 2019


Bramall Lane

Punter's Pick

A draw looks a highly realistic outcome and is available at an appealing 11/5 with Bet365, and should be backed at this price with the option of cashing out should the game remain a stalemate deep into the second half. There is no guarantee either side will find the net, so both teams not to score at a neat looking ⅘ with Bet365 is also worth serious consideration.

High flying Sheffield United take on Burnley in an intriguing clash at Bramall Lane, in what is likely to be an attritional battle given the approach of both sides.

Similar styles face off?

One intriguing aspect of this battle will be how the similar styles of the two sides play out, especially with the ultra defensive Blades being the home side in this instance. Both teams are well drilled in defence and usually like to sit deep, soak up pressure and try and find fashion a chance on the break or from a set piece.

That approach has served the Blades particularly well so far this season, as they currently hold the joint best defensive record in the Premier League alongside league leaders Liverpool and third placed Leicester City. The visit of the Clarets will present a new challenge for the hosts, as they may find themselves having more of the ball than they are normally accustomed to when they sit deep and defend for long periods. Whether they can fashion enough chances in open play with plenty of possession remains to be seen – the cost of their defensive approach has been their attacking prowess, with only nine goals scored in ten league games so far this season.

Stuttering Burnley look to get back to winning ways

Sean Dyche’s men have hit a sticky spell in recent weeks, with just one win in their last four league games, pushing them into the bottom half of the table and sitting below Saturday’s opponents in the league standings. Such as the congested nature of the Premier League only four points separates Burnley in 13th position and Arsenal in 5th, so Dyche’s men will not be unduly alarmed at this stage at their current position.

The manager will however be looking for a reaction to last weekend’s 4-2 home loss against Chelsea, where a Christian Pulisic hat-trick blew the Clarets away in what for them was an uncharacteristically sloppy performance. A couple of late goals did at least make the scoreline look more respectable for Dyche’s men, but they are experienced enough to put that dismal performance behind them and pick themselves up for their next clash.

Team News

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has a fully fit squad to choose from, so his only changes might be upfront where he has not been shy to rotate his strikers. Lys Mousset will be hoping his equalising goal against West Ham in last weekend’s 1-1 draw will be enough to earn him a starting place.

​Burnle will be hoping that Chris Wood is fit to start after missing the heavy home defeat to Chelsea with a hamstring injury. Jay Rodriguez will continue to deputise if the New Zealand international fails to make it. Johann Berg Gudmundsson and ​Danny Drinkwater are definitely ruled out, although both could make their return at some point in November.

Tight clash could end in stalemate

With neither side the most fluent going forward and preferring to defend in numbers, it is a game likely to be low on chances and real attacking intent. The Blades come into this fixture as slight favourites after a strong recent run, but may find themselves frustrated with the same tactics that they have been employing to good effect all season. A goalless or low scoring draw therefore would not be a great shock, and both sides would not be too unhappy with picking up a share of the spoils either.

Punter's Pick

A draw looks a highly realistic outcome and is available at an appealing 11/5 with Bet365, and should be backed at this price with the option of cashing out should the game remain a stalemate deep into the second half. There is no guarantee either side will find the net, so both teams not to score at a neat looking ⅘ with Bet365 is also worth serious consideration.

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