Sheffield United v Southampton Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 10, 2019
Bramall Lane - Premier League
Sheffield United look to continue their strong start to the season as they host Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday. The Saints are also in good form, with Ralph Hassenhutl's side losing just once so far this campagin.
Sheffield United have had the edge over Southampton in their recent meetings, with Marc McNulty's strike earning the Blades the win in a 2014 League Cup fixture.
Chris Wilder may look to introduce Ravel Morrison to his XI, bringing an attacking element to the side that drew at Stamford Bridge. Oli McBurnie will hope to start a second consecutive game whilst John Fleck should have recovered sufficiently to feature off the bench on Saturday.
Nathan Redmond is unlikely to recover in time to return for Southampton, meaning that Che Adams and Danny Ings are expected to form an out-and-out strike partnership. Kevin Danso is serving a red-card suspension, so Hassenhutl will hope that Ryan Bertrand is fit to start at left-back.
Sheffield United v Southatmpton Predictions and Preview
Sheffield United face Southampton on Saturday, with both sides flying high following surprising come-backs against Chelsea and Manchester United respectively. The two sides were tipped to struggle this season, but have proved their doubters wrong, with the Blades sitting in the top half of the table after four games.
Chris Wilder's side opted against spending heavily over the summer, with Oli McBurnie the only transfer arriving for over £10 million. The former Swansea man took several games to break into the first team, but a goal against Leicester and an impressive performance against Chelsea has earned the forward Wilder's favour.
As threatening as the Blades looked before the international break, they may struggle to unlock Southampton's back line. Since his arrival, Hassenhutl has shored up the Saints defence, with Jannik Vestergaard in particular looking imperious against United. The towering centre-back proved a menace in the opposition box as well as his own, and has formed a solid partnership with Jan Bednarek.
With two defensively reliable teams, looking to hit their opposition quickly and ruthlessly, Saturday's game could potentially play out to a stalemate. However, both manger's are highly tactically adept, and with players looking to prove themselves in the early season, have options to turn the match on its head.
Under 2.5 goals at 4/6
Less than two goals have been scored in Southampton's last three games, although Sheffield have leaked five goals in the same period.
Danny Ings to score anytime at 5/2
The former Liverpool forward had an injury-hit season last year but is already off the mark in this campaign.