Newcastle vs Sheffield United
England – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 14 March 2020
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: St. James Park.
Sheffield have made it an absolute priority to qualify for Europe, and they even have a CL ticket in sights. For a recently promoted team, such an opportunity would be beyond their wildest dreams and as such, expect them to perform well against the inconsistent Magpies.
Newcastle vs Sheffield United Match Preview
Bruce’s men won 0-1 on the road the last match-day, against Southampton. It was just their first league win in two months, and just the second in over three months. This kind of form points out the sheer inconsistency with which the team has gone through their PL campaign.
They do have a considerable cushion of points over the relegation cut-off, and as a result, they are under no real pressure. Nor are they in any kind of position to make it into Europe.
Elsewhere, the Blades recorded a characteristic 1-0 win at their home, over Norwich. It was their sixth unbeaten match on the trot, and have put them in a strong position to fight for a place in Europe.
As things stand, the team has a match in hand, and they still are just two points away from a CL spot. In that sense, a win this weekend will put them fifth in the table, and right on course for qualification to the Champions League.
Newcastle vs Sheffield United Head-to-head (h2h)
- The reverse fixture had ended in a 0-2 win for Steve Bruce’s men.
- Three of the last five games had goals from both teams.
- The Blades have never failed to score at this venue.
- The Magpies are yet to score a Premier League goal at their home.
Newcastle vs Sheffield United Prediction
The Magpies are placed in the bottom tier of the table, and they have no motivation to fight for in this closing stages of the season. And this attitude is sufficiently visible in their performances as well. In fact, they have secured a total of two league wins in the past three months.
On the other hand, Chris Wilder’s men are on the cusp of glory. They are a recently promoted team, and through sheer hard work, they are potentially on the path to a CL entry. We can count on them to give all they can on the pitch to secure that achievement.
They are also unbeaten in their past six games (of which five were wins), and they are on a three-game winning run against this opponent. Moreover, and most importantly, the sole two teams that have defeated them on the road are Manchester City, and Liverpool.
Taking these findings into consideration, it’s expected that Sheffield United are about to win this fixture. Continuing on that note, they are particularly noted for their defensive prowess and high number of clean sheets. Also, is noted their habit of winning games with very few number of goals.
In fact, only Jurgen Klopp’s men have conceded fewer number of goals than them in the competition, and on the road as well. Also, the Magpies have not found the back of the net in their past three home fixtures. Considering these stats, along with the rate of one goal scored per away game of the Blades, it’s deduced that the match will be a low-scoring affair.
Newcastle vs Sheffield United Betting Tips
Sheffield United to Win @ 2.25 (5/4)
Under 2.5 Match Goals @ 1.50 (1/2).