A cagey affair could be on the cards in South Yorkshire as Sheffield United, unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games host Newcastle who have lost just once in their last five.
Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Thursday, 5th December
Venue: Bramall Lane
TV Channel: Amazon Prime
Chris Wilder and Sheffield are fast exceeding expectations in the topflight this term, and thanks to a string of fine performances backed up with decent results, they are just two points off fifth place.
The Blades standing have particularly been boosted by their latest results on home ground. Arsenal and Burnley have left the Bramall Lane with no points in recent weeks while Crystal Palace have also been beaten here. In their last home game, Manchester United required a late rally before they were yet denied at the death.
Central to their success is a steely defence, as the combination of Chris Basham and John Egan at the rear has seen them restrict their opponents in the topflight to just 13 goals conceded — only Leicester City (9) and Liverpool (12) have let in fewer goals than them, and by their standards, that is quite impressive.
Newcastle have had their moments too, and after holding Manchester City last weekend will be eager to extend the feel-good factor.
With seven points picked up in four games, the Magpies have managed to pull away from the relegation zone, and if they can avoid poor defeats like the ones to Norwich and Aston Villa, then there is hope for optimism.
Steve Bruce’s side have lost on five of seven away games this season, so that has got to change starting from here.
Wilder will have a full squad for this game.
There are no new new injury worries for Bruce to contend with, and he is expected to name an unchanged starting XI to the team that drew Manchester City.
Allan Saint-Maximin picked up a knock from that game and could need replacing if he does fail to make it back in time.
Head to head
There have been 123 games played between these two teams in the past. Sheffield have won 49 to Newcastle’s 45. 29 clashes have been drawn.
Their have been under 2.5 goals scored in four of the last five games between these two at the Bramall Lane.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in eight of Sheffield
United’s last ten league games.
Newcastle have won five of the last six matches against Sheffield United in all competitions.
Sheffield United were held 1-1 by highflying Wolves last time out, in what was their fourth draw in their last five games. Sheffield’s last five games in all competitions(DWDDD)
Newcastle responded to the 2-0 loss to Aston Villa with a composed performance to hold title-chasing Manchester City last weekend. Newcastle’s last five games in all competitions(DWWLD)
Both sides are expected to favour a rather conservative approach here, with either team sitting behind the balls and looking to spring on the counter, so it could be clever taking a look at the Under Goals markets.
Lys Mousset has been a revelation for Sheffield this season and has become their likeliest source of goals. He is priced up at a great 11/2 to open the scoring.