Sheffield United vs Southampton
England – Premier League
Date: Saturday, 14 September 2019
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Bramall Lane (Sheffield).
Sheffield is coming to terms with the harsh life in the upper division, and impressively though, they have held their end as best as they could, giving a huge shout-out to squads from the Championship.
Despite taking on some of the toughest nuts in the competition in the first four match-days itself, the team has lost just once so far. Keep note that this stretch included taking on two recent Premier League champions in back-to-back fixtures.
The confidence this series of performances has given the side is no laughing matter, and surely the incoming Southampton contingent should be wary of this dynamics.
The guests, if they have learned anything at all from their last-minute scramble the last campaign, to avoid relegation, will try to accrue as many points as they can, in spite of this being the initial stages of the competition.
The team had to start their run on a sour note, with two consecutive losses and tried to make up for it with a win on the road in their third match-day. But on the fourth, they once again regressed back and recorded a draw. The fact that the fixture was against Manchester United might have played a part though.
Sheffield United vs Southampton Head-to-head (h2h)
- Sheffield won the last two matches.
- On account of either having played in different leagues these past few years, recent h2h clashes are few in number. The last one had come back in 2014.
- In the last 13 years, only once have the visitors found the back of the net at this stadium.
- The last time these two met, Southampton lost 1-0 on the road.
Sheffield United vs Southampton Prediction
Sheffield has the confidence of taking on the likes of Chelsea, Leicester, Crystal Palace etc and still limiting their number of losses to just one, in this season. Also, the fact that they waded through the challenge that is the Championship, and managed to gain promotion will be even more motivating, and to top these off, they have the home advantage too.
Coupling these to the struggles of Southampton at present, the chances for a home loss is quite unlikely.
Coming to goals though, the inexperience that the hosts will have to deal with against the battle-hardened Southampton will have some counter-effects. Moreover, only once has United managed to keep a clean sheet this season, whereas only once have their counterparts failed to score on the road.
In addition, taking into account the desperation of the guests to get into their groove, and the fact that the teams just below them in the table have some tough fixtures this match-day, which provides an opportunity for the Saints to build some safety buffer, a clean sheet for the home team is kind of asking too much.
As such, count on satisfactory performance from the hosts this weekend, with goals coming at either end of the pitch.
Sheffield United vs Southampton Betting Tips
Both Teams to Score @ 1.90 (9/10)
Double Chance: Sheffield United or Draw @ 1.40 (2/5).