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

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Thursday, December 5, 2019


Bramall Lane

Punter's Pick

As expected, Sheffield United start this game as favourites given their recent form and having home advantage. We feel there are some markets that are well suited to this encounter and will be looking to back the under 11 corners market at evens with Bet365. Both teams do not rack up the corner count in games and as this one is likely to be a cagey affair where they cancel each other out for large periods, it is unlikely that a high corner count will come in. Both teams are also combative and over 3.5 cards is also well priced at 5/6.

Sheffield United welcome Newcastle to Bramall Lane to finish off the week’s round of Premier League games. Both teams have been in good form of late and this will be an intriguing encounter between two managers looking to make their mark in the league. Can Sheffield United continue their form and keep pushing for a European place or will Newcastle continue their own turnaround and bring all three points back to Tyneside?

The surprise package of the season thus far has been the impressive form of Sheffield United under Chris Wilder. The promoted side were expected to struggle in the top division but a mixture of grit and toughness coupled with skill and flair has seen the Yorkshire side excel, with the team currently sitting in 7th place. They are only a point off Spurs in 5th and it would be a huge achievement if they secured a top ten finish by the end of the season. The team come into this game having not lost in their last seven league matches, with two wins and five draws. This run has included the team taking points off Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United and the manager will know that a lot of those draws should actually have been victories. The 3-3 draw with Manchester United is the perfect case in point as the The Blades lead 2-0 before a crazy eight minute period saw them concede three goals. But heads still didn’t drop and they got a last minute equaliser which shows the togetherness and belief in the team. It was something they demonstrated earlier in the season again when they came back from 2-0 down at half-time to get a draw with Chelsea away. Wilder will know that if he can shore up his defence further and get his team to manage the game better when they are ahead, they will continue to grow and establish themselves in the country’s top division.

Newcastle come into this game having lost just once in their last five fixtures. A solid 1-1 draw with Wolves was followed up by back to back victories over West Ham and Bournemouth. A poor showing against Aston Villa was spectacularly remedied when Steve Bruce’s men got a 2-2 draw with champions Manchester City. Twice in the game Newcastle battled back from going down and what will please the manager is that they have done so quickly after conceding a goal each time. Jetro Willems cancelled out Raheem Sterling’s strike three minutes after the England man scored, in what is now becoming a signature goal where the left back cuts inside and drills it into the far corner. It was shades of his spectacular strike against Liverpool earlier in the season and when Kevin De Bruyne scored a goal of the season contender by lashing the ball home from outside the box , fans could have been forgiven for thinking that their teams hard work will be simply outdone by a moment of brilliance. But Newcastle conjured one up of their own as a silly free-kick conceded by Fernandinho was rolled across for Jonjo Shelvey to sweetly strike the ball into the corner, leaving Ederson no chance in saving it. It is a run of form which has helped them open up a four point gap with the bottom three but it is still precariously close and Steve Bruce will want to win the games against teams that are in and around them in the league so as to avoid a relegation battle.

In team news, Sheffield United have reported no fresh injury concerns and will most likely name an unchanged team from that which played Wolves last time out. Lundstrom and Fleck are expected to keep control of the midfield and break late to help support McGoldrick and Lhys Mousset. The U21 French international Mousset has been particularly impressive of late and he will be looking to add to his five goals in five appearances.

Newcastle will be without Matt Ritchie and Jamaal Lascelles with DeAndre Yedlin and Andy Carroll both major doubts. Allan Saint-Maximin complained of soreness after their 2-2 draw against Manchester City but is expected to recover and be fit to start the game.

These two have not played each other in almost a decade so there are no recent meetings that could help determine some of the historical characteristics of this game. In the 2009/10 season, they met in the Championship and Newcastle came out on top in both those games.

Punter's Pick

As expected, Sheffield United start this game as favourites given their recent form and having home advantage. We feel there are some markets that are well suited to this encounter and will be looking to back the under 11 corners market at evens with Bet365. Both teams do not rack up the corner count in games and as this one is likely to be a cagey affair where they cancel each other out for large periods, it is unlikely that a high corner count will come in. Both teams are also combative and over 3.5 cards is also well priced at 5/6.

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