Sheffield United vs Reading
2017/18 EFL Championship
Date: Saturday, 21th October 2017
Kick off at 15:00 UK/16:00 CET
Venue: Brammal Lane.
Sheffield United continues their march after getting promoted form League 1 last season with a home game against Reading. Whether they can get a positive result or the Royals will get something out of this game will be seen on Saturday.
United took their 8th victory last round. Their visitors were Ipswich but the Tractor Boys left empty handed. Defender Basham scored the only goal in the 49th minute giving Sheffield their 5th victory with a clean sheet.
Reading broke their bad luck before the international break as the finally took 3 points. The traveled to Elland Road which is a tough place for any visiting team and delivered a good performance. The team defended well and took their chance 5 minutes before the end of the game to seize an important victory with the minimal 0-1.
Form and Tactical Analysis
The Blades are flying high sitting 3rd in the table. They have 8 victories, 4 defeats and not a single draw. At home they are simply impressive. 5 victories against a single defeat and 4 clean sheets show what a difficult place is Brammal Lane for their visitors. Sheffield may not overpower their opponents with huge difference but keeping a clean sheet almost always ensures a victory.
They used 3-4-1-2 formation fot their victory over Ipswich. The formation looks balanced all around with Billy Sharp depended for goals up front.
From play-offs last season to a place near the end of the table this season. That’s Reading. Despite their last round victory the team form looks atrocious. 1 victory in 6 games is simply not enough for an ambitious side like The Royals. Away from home they have 2 victories, 1 draw and 3 defeats. The team just looks unable to keep a clean sheet. They are conceding and they are doing it easily.
Stam continued switching his formation last round. The team played in a 4-4-2 classic but looked a bit confused at some points. This constant rotation of tactics may be keeping their opponents guessing but the players are looking confused and out of position in certain situations.
Sheffield vs Reading: Head to head
- Both teams have 4 victories each in the last 9 meetings.
- The last game between the sides was back in 2013 for a FA Cup game which finished 4-0 for Reading.
- Sheffield didn’t lose their last 2 home games against Reading but lost both of the previous 2.
- At home Sheffield have 1 victory, 2 draws and 2 defeats.
Sheffield vs Reading: Prediction
Sheffield are in an exceptional home form. The team defends well at Brammal Lane which is the main reason for their success. Their opposition finds it hard to break through the well-organized defensive line.
Reading though have scored in each of their last 4 away games even at a tough place like Elland Road. Sheffield are still favourites here but Reading may cause them some troubles.
Sheffield vs Reading: Bet Tips
Sheffield to win for 1.98.
Billy Sharp to score for 2.45 odd.
All Odds courtesy of 888Sport
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