Everton v Sheffield United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 17, 2019
Goodison Park - Premier League
Two teams who slipped to disappointing defeats last weekend come together on Saturday as Everton welcome Sheffield United to Goodison Park. It’s the first meeting between the clubs in eight years, and their first in the Premier League in over 12 years.
Everton won a League Cup tie between the teams 3-1 at Goodison back in August 2011, while the 2006/07 season saw a 2-0 Toffees victory before a 1-1 draw back at Bramall Lane. The teams hadn’t met since 1993 before that, with the same year seeing a 2-0 win for the Blades on Merseyside.
Everton manager Marco Silva is sweating on the fitness of Richarlison, who’s a doubt for this game due to a tight hamstring. Andre Gomes has been ruled out with a rib injury, while Jean-Philippe Gbamin and back-up goalkeeper Jonas Lossl have thigh and calf problems respectively.
Billy Sharp is suspended for the visitors following his late red card against Southampton at the weekend, despite the veteran striker only coming on as a 65th-minute substitute. Kean Bryan is the only other injury concern for Blades boss Chris Wilder.
Everton v Sheffield United Preview and Predictions
Newly-promoted Sheffield United suffered their first truly disappointing defeat of the season as they went down 1-0 at home to Southampton on Saturday. This is a test of the Blades’ mettle as they travel to Merseyside to play an Everton side who’ve won their opening two home fixtures this term.
However, the Toffees have only managed one point from three games on the road, losing 3-1 to Bournemouth at the weekend. Despite that, and currently occupying 11th place in the Premier League table, Silva’s side are only one point behind Tottenham in third.
The Toffees are expected to push on this season, and this is the kind of game that ought to be a formality if that’s to happen. United put in an excellent performance in their last away game though, claiming a 2-2 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, as they showed incredible desire and belief to recover from going two goals down in the first half.
While the Blades need to find a regular goalscorer to rely on, Everton must tighten up their defence significantly. The Blues have shipped seven goals in five games, and Silva will be looking for a better defensive performance here. If his team produce one, the hosts should be a shoo-in at 8/13. Sheffield United don’t look very attractive at 9/2 for the win, while the draw’s available at 11/4.
Everton to win and BTTS at 3/1
The Toffees have looked far from convincing at the back in the first five games of the new season, while the Blades are averaging a goal a game so far.
Everton to win 3-1 at 16/1
The hosts carry lots of attacking threat, while this scoreline would mirror the result the last time these two clubs met just over eight years ago.