Sheffield United v Crystal Palace Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
August 13, 2019
Bramall Lane - Premier League
Newly promoted Sheffield United host Crystal Palace in South Yorkshire, in their first Premier League home game since the 2006-07 season.
The last time these two sides faced each other was back in the 2010-11 Championship season, with Crystal Palace winning 1-0 at home and Sheffield United winning 3-2 at Bramall Lane.
Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder should have a full squad to pick from, with John Lundstram and David McGoldrick shaking off minor injuries from the opening weekend of the Premier League season.
Palace manager Roy Hodgson has a shortage of central defenders ahead of the weekend, with Mamadou Sakho joining long term absentee James Tomkins on the sidelines, meaning Martin Kelly is set to continue alongside Scott Dann.
Sheffield United v Crystal Palace Preview and Predictions
The Blades gave a good impression on their return to the Premier League, with a late 1-1 draw away at Bournemouth on the opening weekend of the new 2019-20 season. Wilder praised his side for their reaction to going behind to Eddie Howe's side, and Billy Sharp's late goal secured a valuable point for the Premier League new boys at the Vitality Stadium.
Palace endured a bore draw in their first game of the season, as they failed to find a way past Marco Silva's Everton's side at Selhurst Park, despite the Toffees playing the closing stages with 10 men. Hodgson's side struggled to create chances against the Merseyside club, and despite Morgan Schneiderlin's sending off they looked toothless in attack, much to the frustration of the former England manager.
This game is unlikely to be a thriller, with Palace unlikely to be too expansive in their approach and Wilder's side likely to try and squeeze out a narrow positive result in front of their home fans - with a Sheffield United win pried at 3/2. The Blades will be happy with three points, their first in the top flight in 12 years, and if that means a ow scoring game then Wilder is unlikely to mind - with a home win and under 2.5 total goals scored available at 7/2.
Sheffield United to win 1-0 at 6/1
The Blades will be keen to get their first top flight win out of the way and they will be hopeful of picking up all three points in front of a home crowd eager to see their side in action in the new season.
David McGoldrick to score first at 7/1
Sharp ended last season as top scorer for the Blades, with 23 goals, with Irish international McGoldrick finishing in second with 15 league goals for the Blades. Club hero Sharp is likely to start on the bench again, despite his goal on the opening game, with the main goal threat for the hosts set to come from veteran striker McGoldrick.