Sheffield United vs Bournemouth prediction: Sheffield United 2-0 Bournemouth
Way back on the opening day, these two met at Dean Court.
Chris Mepham fired Bournemouth in front but a last gasp Billy Sharp tap-in snatched a point for Sheffield United.
Back then, nobody would have predicted that, when they reconvene at Bramall Lane in February, Sheffield United would be sixth with Bournemouth 16th.
The Blades’ remarkable season continues as the Cherries look to fight off relegation.
Will there be a winner this time around?
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Sheffield United vs Bournemouth: Who will win?
Sheffield United are odds on favourites to win this match at 7/10.
Bournemouth meanwhile are 17/4 to register just their second victory over Sheffield United and first since 1987.
A draw is 5/2.
Under 2.5 goals is 4/6.
Both teams to score no is 8/11.
Lys Mousset is Sheffield United’s top scorer this season. The Frenchman is 3/1 to open the scoring and 13/10 to add to his tally.
Oliver McBurnie could partner him up front. The Scotsman is 7/2 to score first and 8/5 to net anytime.
Harry Wilson meanwhile is his sides’ main marksman. The Welsh international is 7/1 to break the deadlock and 3/1 to add to his tally.
Callum Wilson will lead the line for the visitors. He is 8/1 to score first and 7/2 to score anytime.
Both John Fleck and Oliver McBurnie to score is 8/1.
Both Sander Berge and Billy Sharp to score is 18/1.
Both Wilsons, Callum and Harry, to score is 20/1.
Both Nathan Aké and Ryan Fraser to score is 125/1.
Sheffield United vs Bournemouth: Match preview
Sheffield United’s amazing season continues.
Last weekend, they secured another victory by beating Crystal Palace 1-0 at Selhurst Park.
Oliver Norwood’s corner which caused havoc was the difference.
That means they have gone an entire season unbeaten in London following draws at Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea and West Ham.
Overall, Chris Wilder’s side have only won two of their last seven in the league but remain in the European places.
They last finished this high in the top-flight in 1975/76.
Also, the Blades have lost only seven of their 25 Premier League matches this season, the fewest by a promoted team since Fulham in 2001/02.
Amazingly, that leaves them just five points below the Champions League places.
They won’t be getting ahead of themselves though with a two week winter break coming up after this one.
Even so, if Sheffield United win here they’ll have one more point than they earned in the whole of their last Premier League season in 2006/07.
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As for Bournemouth, they’ve suddenly found form just at the right time.
As recently as 21 January, their situation was looking bleak.
They had only won two of their last 17 league games, losing 13 of them, and were 19th in the table.
However, that night, an inspired performance by Aaron Ramsdale, as well as goals from Callum and Harry Wilson, saw them beat Brighton 3-1 at home.
Then, they faced another relegation six-pointer on Saturday as Aston Villa visited Dean Court.
Eddie Howe’s side rushed into a two goal lead just before half time through Philip Billing and Nathan Aké.
Jefferson Lerma was sent off early in the second period but his side held on for a massive 2-1 win.
They can now secure a third straight league victory for the first time since March 2016.
In the table, they are 16th although just two points above the relegation zone.
They to do not have a game for a fortnight after this but, when they return, they still have to face Chelsea, Liverpool, Wolves, Manchester United, Spurs and Leicester before the season’s end.
Thus, every point they can accumulate is vital.
Can Bournemouth secure a massive, and what would be unexpected, victory at Bramall Lane?
Sheffield United team news vs Bournemouth
Chris Wilder has so far made the fewest changes to his XI of any Premier League manager.
However, following a few additions in January, he now has a few more option to choose from.
In goal, Dean Henderson has kept the joint-most clean sheets in the Premier League this season with nine.
That’s largely due to the constancy of the backline.
Chris Basham, John Egan and Jack O’Connell will all keep their places.
The three centre-backs, as well as wing-backs George Baldock and Enda Stevens, have all played over 2,149 league minutes out of a possible 2,250 so far.
Panagiotis Retsos, who’s joined on loan from Bayer Leverkusen, is a new signing at the back but will be on the bench.
In midfield, there will continue to be a change to the familiar XI.
Norwegian international Sander Berge joined from K.R.C. Genk on 30 January for a club record fee.
He made his debut at Crystal Palace and shone so will keep his place.
Oliver Norwood and John Fleck will continue alongside him with John Lundstram the man to miss out joining Muhamed Bešić on the bench.
In attack is where Wilder has rotated.
David McGoldrick is back from a foot injury but is likely to be only a substitute.
Billy Sharp is also likely to drop to the bench with top scorer Lys Mousset joining Oli McBurnie in attack.
Dutchman Richairo Živković has joined on loan from Chángchūn Yàtài and could be in line for his debut off the bench.
Will this side be too strong for Bournemouth?
Bournemouth team news vs Sheffield United
As for Bournemouth, their injury list is shortening but they are still far from full strength.
Only four goalkeepers have made more saves than their number one Aaron Ramsdale who’s only missed one league game so far.
That’s partially due to a leaky defence that is still without Jack Stacey, Lloyd Kelly, Chris Mepham or Charlie Daniels.
Given this, Simon Francis will continue to partner Nathan Aké with Adam Smith and Diego Rico at full-back.
Steve Cook has been out of favour since his ludicrous red card at Norwich.
In midfield, Jefferson Lerma is suspended after his red card last weekend.
Since the start of last season, the Colombian has picked up 22 yellows cards in the Premier League, in 52 games, more than any other player.
He also racked up 17 in 28 games during his final season with his previous club Levante.
So, Lewis Cook will come in to join Dan Gosling and Philip Billing in the heart of midfield.
Out-wide Harry Wilson continues to be a vital figure having scored five of their 10 away league goals this season.
Only Aubameyang and Pukki, with 64% and 67% respectively, have netted a higher share of their teams’ goals on the road.
The Welshman and Ryan Fraser will continue on the flanks with Junior Stanislas on the bench.
David Brooks, who hasn’t featured all season, and Arnaut Groeneveld are both injured.
Up front, Callum Wilson will be looking to add to seven goals this season.
Dominic Solanke’s poor form means he’ll be a substitute; Josh King could return after the winter break.
Will Bournemouth cause an upset at Bramall Lane?
Predicted Sheffield United line-up vs Bournemouth
Predicted Bournemouth line-up vs Sheffield United
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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.
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