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Sheffield United continue to defy expectations this season with their larger-than-life displays, but can relegation-threatened Bournemouth throw a spanner in the works?

Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Sunday 9th, February
Kick-off: 15:00
Venue: Bramall Lane
TV Channel: BT Sport

It is not often Sheffield are in the hunt for Champions League qualification, but that is well within their reach as they host struggling Bournemouth at their fortress, Bramall Lane on Sunday.

Sitting in sixth and just five points off fourth-placed Chelsea, the Blades can cut the gap to two with their third successive victory in all competitions, and are worth backing to pull it off against oppositions such like Sunday’s.

The Blades battled to a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace last weekend, and their last three wins in the top flight have been by that scoreline. It is easy to see that what have served Chris Wilder’s side up until now is a gritty defence-guard: only leaders Liverpool have conceded the least number of goals to theirs in the Premier League, a quite staggering stat when one consider the market value of their back three compared to the ones of most of the clubs in the division.

Bournemouth have earned two home wins on the trot, the latest being the 2-1 victory over fellow relegation candidates Aston Villa last time, a game in which they held on after Jefferson Lerma was dismissed.

The points were enough to move them two clear of the drop zones, but things can change really quickly. Moreso, six losses in their last seven away from home presents yet a big hurdle for the Cherries to try and scale, as they prepare for one of their sternest tests yet.

Team news

Sheffield United

David McGoldrick is the only injury doubt for the hosts.


Lerma is suspended. He is joined on the sidelines by no less than seven first-teamers.

Head to Head

Sheffield have edged ten of the last 16 competitive meetings, drawing five. Bournemouth’s only victory came as far back as 1987!

Match stats

There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Sheffield United’s last nine Premier League games.

Bournemouth have been losing at both half time and full time in their last three away league games.

Team form

Sheffield United will feel confident of securing another important victory as they continue to chase down an European competition slot. Their only loss in their last four league games had been to Manchester City. Sheffield’s last five league games(LWDLW)

Bournemouth are looking up the ladder again after a torrid run, and will look to build on the string of home wins they had garnered recently. Bournemouth’s last five league games (LLLWW)

Suggested bets

One glaring thing about Sheffield United this term has been their ability to keep out their opponents from scoring, and they themselves have not been ramped it up at the other end: they have the least number of goals scored (26) in the top half of the league. Such a game like this thus, perfectly lends itself to opposing the goals market, and I will pick an under 2.5 outcome 13/20 as the first bet here.

Looking at the possible scoreline to emerge from this game, a 1-0 home win at 5/1 or 2-0 (13/2) in the same vein look feasible enough for value bets.

You can view all other betting markets for this game here

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