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

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Saturday, October 26, 2019


London Stadium

Punter's Pick

A draw or Sheffield United win at 4/6 looks like an appealing prospect with Bet365, given the current form of both sides and the Blades’ excellent defensive record so far this season. The game doesn’t have a feel of goals written all over it, so 2.5 goals and under with Betfair looks another sensible pick.

West Ham play host to a Sheffield United side brimming with confidence, as the hosts look to get their top six dreams back on track in an intriguing battle of styles at the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Blades riding high after Monday night success

The away side come into this clash brimming with confidence after turning over top four chasing Arsenal 1-0 at Bramall Lane under the floodlights in a pulsating Monday night clash. The manner of the victory showed all what is good about Chris Wilder’s side – superbly organised at the back, tireless running in midfield and enough of a threat upfront to keep opposition defences on their toes.

Monday also saw another clean sheet for the Blades, which took their record to seven goals conceded in nine leagues so far this season. Only league leaders Liverpool can match this record, and if they can keep up the great defensive work they will be cautiously optimistic of avoiding a serious relegation dogfight this season.

Hammers continue to flatter to deceive?

After some encouraging early season form, the Hammers seemed to have reverted to type in recent games, going winless in their last three games including back-to back league defeats. The manner of their limp 2-0 defeat last weekend to struggling Everton would have been particularly alarming for manager Manuel Pellegrini, as his side struggled to match the intensity of the under pressure home side.

West Ham’s last win in any competition actually came over a month ago – a 2-0 win over Manchester United that sparked a wave of optimism and talk about a push for the top six and beyond. Subsequent performances from the Red Devils suggest this result may have been a false dawn, and the Hammers at best look set of another season comfortably sitting in mid-table.

Team News

West Ham full-back Aaron Cresswell gave the Hammers a double boost this week, signing a contract extension and recovering from a groin strain to take his place in the squad. Long term absentee Winston Reid is nearing a return and could be available for selection next weekend, but this game will come too soon.

Sheffield United have no fresh injury concerns and will continue with the same tried and trusted back five that have become so difficult to break down. Manager Chris Wilder has been less shy changing things upfront, with veteran striker Billy Sharp and new signings Lys Mousset and Oli McBurnie fighting for one spot up front in a usually 5-3-1-1 formation away from home. Monday night’s matchwinner Mousset should get the nod but never rule out Wilder ringing a last minute surprise.

Blades to battle to a point?

With a clear template of how to setup against the more fancied teams both home and away, the Blades will feel replicating Monday’s performance should get them a share of the spoils this weekend. The Hammers are a team just starting to come under a bit of pressure after disappointing recent results, and the Blades can prey on their anxiety and grind their way to a useful away point to back up their win against Arsenal earlier in the week.

Punter's Pick

A draw or Sheffield United win at 4/6 looks like an appealing prospect with Bet365, given the current form of both sides and the Blades’ excellent defensive record so far this season. The game doesn’t have a feel of goals written all over it, so 2.5 goals and under with Betfair looks another sensible pick.

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