Crystal Palace vs Sheffield United
England – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 1 February 2020
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Selhurst Park (London).
With the kind of form Crystal Palace are going through right now, it’s the right time for Sheffield to make the most of it, and get back into the European spots.
Why it’s the right time? – Six of the seven teams above the Blades in the table are taking on each other next in the schedule.
Crystal Palace vs Sheffield United Match Preview
Crystal Palace were defeated 0-2 at home the last match-day by Southampton. The uninspiring performance continued the dismal run the team have been on this season.
Meanwhile, Sheffield too did lose in front of the home crowd the previous game week. The opponents were Manchester City, and the final scoreline was 0-1.
However, the fact that the Blades limited themselves to a loss of just 0-1 against the best offensive side in the league, spoke volumes about their defensive prowess.
As of now, Sheffield are just a single point away from being included in the top-five. They are currently placed eighth in the table, and the three teams just above them – all have a total of 34 points so far, just one point in surplus than the Blades.
Of the three, Manchester United and Wolves are taking on each other next, while the third one, Spurs, are pitted against defending champions Manchester City.
What this means is that, if Sheffield are able to perform well this Saturday, they might jump three spots higher up the standings.
Moreover, games between these two have always seen scarcity of goals. To be more precise, five of the last six overall h2h clashes had ended with under 2.5 goals, and it’s been 13 years since a h2h meeting at this venue had more than one goal.
Crystal Palace vs Sheffield United Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last time these two met, Sheffield won at home, 1-0.
- Five of the previous six games ended with under 2.5 goals.
- In the last eleven years, not a single encounter at this stadium have had more than one goal.
- Crystal Palace had failed to find the back of the net in three of the last six clashes.
Crystal Palace vs Sheffield United Prediction
Crystal Palace are going through one of the worst runs of their season. They are winless in their last six overall matches, and in their past five PL games. They were also winless in nine of their former ten overall match-ups, and were so in 14 of their prior 17.
At home, they have recorded a total of four wins this whole season, and all four had come against teams in the bottom-most five positions in the league table.
On the other hand, the Blades were unbeaten in 15 of their last 19 overall games, and three of the four losses had come against Liverpool and Manchester City. On the road, their sole two losses had come against the top-most two teams, Reds and Citizens.
In addition, Sheffield have been one of the best defensively organized teams in the competition, that only Liverpool have conceded fewer goals than them.
As such, count on Sheffield to avoid a loss this weekend at the least. Also, Sheffield should put forth a great defensive performance against the struggling Palace, but as they are on the road, the Blades might not be able to score in plenty as well. As such, expect the game to be low-scoring in nature.
Crystal Palace vs Sheffield United Betting Tips
Double Chance: Sheffield United or Draw @ 1.40 (2/5)
Under 2.5 Match Goals @ 1.50 (1/2).