Brighton have been off-colour since the turn of the year, and top-four chasing Sheffield are the very much fancied side to claim the points when they face off in South Yorkshire.
Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Saturday 22nd, February
Kick-off: 16:00 pm
Venue: Bramall Lane
TV Channel: Sky Sports
Sheffield United have very much thrown themselves in the mix for a Champions League qualification spot following back-to-back league wins, particularly impressing at the Bramall Lane where they have won three of their last five league games and narrowly losing only to Manchester City in that time.
Newcastle and Southampton remain the only sides in the bottom half of the table to have come away with maximum points at their fortress, with Bournemouth going down 2-1 last time out even after taking the lead.
Callum Wilson struck for their rivals inside the opening 13 minutes but Billy Sharp and John Lundstram helped the Blades pull off the turnaround and thus, earn their 10th league win of the season.
Brighton on their part, could only labour to a 1-1 draw with Watford last time out, extending their winless run to seven in all competitions and sitting just three points off the bottom three.
Graham Potter might have hailed his team’s character in the fightback versus the Cherries here, but there is a feeling their streak of just a solitary victory in their last 11 in the top flight will sooner rather than later drag them into a dogfight to beat the drop.
The hosts edged the reverse fixture in December 2019, 1-0 and this will mark their second ever clash in the Premier League.
There are no missing players for United.
José Izquierdo misses out of this one through injury.
Dale Stephens is a worry for Potter but can make the bench at least.
Head to Head
There have been 28 competitive meetings between these two sides in history, with Sheffield United winning 13 to Brighton’s 9. Six of those meetings were drawn.
There have been over 2.5 goals in the last four league matches between these two sides.
Sheffield United have won their last three matches against Brighton in all competitions.
Sheffield United have won their last three games in all competitions, and are rightly the favourites coming into this one. Sheffield’s last five league games (WDLWW)
Brighton have yet to win any of their last five league games, drawing three of their last four. Brighton’s last five league games (LDLDD)
Sheffield are not the most brilliant of sides going forward, and having conceded just one second-half goal in their last 11 league games against teams in the bottom half of the table, opposing the goals market looks worth exploring and punters can get under 2.5 match goals for 4/6 odds.
The hosts are also worthy of backing to record their third league victory on the bounce, a win which will put further pressure in their bid to finish in the top four. A win for the Blades is 19/20, and is considerably a good one to jump on.