Sheffield United vs Liverpool betting tips: Premier League preview & predictions

Sheffield United vs Liverpool prediction: Sheffield United 1-3 Liverpool

Sheffield United welcome Liverpool to Bramall Lane for the first time in over thirteen years, for matchday seven of the 2019/20 Premier League season.

The Blades come into the match hot on the heels of their first away win of the season, at Goodison Park last weekend. They have picked up eight points so far this season from their first six matches back in the Premier League.

Sheffield United were eliminated from the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening in a 0-1 defeat here at the hands of League One side, Sunderland.

Although, this is unlikely to impact on the players taking the field on Saturday, given that it was almost entirely a second-string side put out by Chris Wilder.

Their opponents on Saturday, Liverpool, come into the match as the only side in the football league still trying to maintain their perfect start to the season. They have picked up the maximum eighteen points from their first six matches of the 2019/20 season.

The Reds were also in Carabao Cup action in midweek. A mixture of reserves and youth team players helped them see off another League One side, Milton Keynes Dons. Goals from James Milner and seventeen-year-old right back, Ki-Jana Hoever, securing a 0-2 win.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY – AUGUST 14: Adrian of Liverpool celebrates victory after saving the final penalty taken by Tammy Abraham of Chelsea (not pictured) in the penalty shoot out following the UEFA Super Cup match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Vodafone Park on August 14, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Alex Caparros – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Sheffield United vs Liverpool: Who will win?

Sheffield United won their first home match of the season here, against Crystal Palace. However, since then they have lost back-to-back league matches at home. Can they get back to winning ways here on Saturday? The bookies have them as 7/1 outsiders to do so.

These sides played out a 1-1 draw the last time they met at Bramall Lane over thirteen years ago. Rob Hulse opened the scoring just after half-time for the Blades before Robbie Fowler snatched a point for the Reds from the penalty spot with twenty minutes remaining. The odds of Sheffield United repeating that performance here are 4/1.

Liverpool have won each of their last fifteen matches in the Premier League, including all six matches this season. Unsurprisingly then, they are massive 4/11 favourite to keep this winning run going.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 27: Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Watford FC at Anfield on February 27, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Sheffield United vs Liverpool: Who will score?

Oliver McBurnie is the favourite to get on the scoresheet for the Blades at the weekend at 3/1. He is 10/1 to be first scorer in the match. The Scottish international striker was the club’s record signing in the summer for £17.5m. McBurnie already has one Premier League goal this season. Although, he has failed to find the net for club or country in his last six outings.

By Sadio Mané’s exceptionally high standards, the Senegal international is experiencing a goal drought at the moment. He has failed to score against both Napoli and Chelsea recently. Mané has six goals in eight appearances so far this season; a goal every 103 minutes played. Liverpool’s number 10 is 21/20 to get back to scoring ways here, or 4/1 to grab the games opening goal.

Mohamed Salah is the favourite to grab the opening goal of the game, at 3/1. His pattern of scoring at least one goal in every other Premier League game this season suggests he should find the scoresheet on Saturday. You can back the Egyptian King to score at any time during the game, at 8/11.

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – AUGUST 18: Callum Robinson of Sheff Utd in action during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Crystal Palace at Bramall Lane on August 18, 2019 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

Sheffield United vs Liverpool: Match preview

The term bogey-team or ground is often over-used in football. We often see the difficulty of visits to sides like Burnley, West Brom or Stoke talked up, when in reality the top sides are often fairing better there in terms of average points won than at other sides around the same level.

For Liverpool though, Bramall Lane is a proper bogey-ground. First of all, they have never won here in the Premier League era. Sure, the fact they have only had three Premier League visits here and one in the League Cup in that time likely plays a part. But for a club the size of Liverpool, their two draws and two defeats as visitors here since 1992 is disappointing.

However, their record before then wasn’t much better. In their history as visitors here, they have won just twice from fourteen visits while suffering defeat on seven occasions, in all competitions.

Sheffield United vs Liverpool: The Blades in 2019/20

So, are there any signs that this Sheffield United side can continue to cause the current European Champions the same problems as they have historically?

Well, since their win here against Crystal Palace for their first home match of the season, they have lost each of their last two league games here. They also lost here in midweek in the Carabao Cup to Sunderland, albeit with more of a reserve XI.

This is quite typical of a lot of newly promoted sides, who seem to find life easier on their travels than at home, where the onus on them is to maybe open up and attack more.

Indeed, only Crystal Palace, with two goals from open play, have fewer than Sheffield United’s three this season. This suggests they may have some difficulty in opening up a side that will come to Bramall Lane and sit deeper.

Whereas on their travels this season, Sheffield United are unbeaten this season and have looked like one of the league’s more effective counter attacking sides.

Sheffield United vs Liverpool: A look at the visitors

Of course, it is likely at the weekend Sheffield United could approach the match like an away side. Liverpool are expected to come here and dominate the ball which could benefit Sheffield United’s more counter attacking style.

That assumes they can weather the storm of course; most sides cannot. The Reds have scored at least twice, and won, in each of their last fifteen Premier League matches; a club record.

They were the most effective side last season from set pieces with twenty goals; the nearest side to them only managed sixteen. This looks like a record they will continue once more as they already sit on four set piece goals in six games, including both goals last weekend at Chelsea.

Liverpool were also one of the only sides last season who didn’t concede a single goal on the counter. The other being Manchester City.

This all suggests Sheffield United will be up against it to get a result at the weekend. They will likely need big performances from every man on the pitch as well as a huge slice of luck.

Chris Wilder

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 02: Chris Wilder manager of Sheffield United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Bolton Wanderers at Bramall Lane on February 2, 2019 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

Sheffield United team news vs Liverpool

David McGoldrick tweaked his groin in training before the Premier League clash with Everton. As a result, the striker missed the 2-0 win at the weekend, as well as Wednesday night’s League Cup defeat against Sunderland.

With this as the only injury concern for Chris Wilder, he is likely to name an unchanged side from the one that picked up their second win of the season last time out.

Although, Wilder has stated this week that Lys Mousset is knocking on the door after his goal off the bench against Everton.

Predicted Sheffield United team vs Liverpool

Predicted Sheffield United team vs Liverpool

Predicted Sheffield United team vs Liverpool

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 14: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Newcastle United at Anfield on September 14, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Liverpool team news vs Sheffield United

Xheridan Shaqiri, Divock Origi, Alisson Becker and Nathaniel Clyne remain side-lined for Liverpool.

After the hard-fought battle at Stamford Bridge, which saw many Chelsea players go down or need to be replaced due to injury, Klopp will be relieved to see his side come through it without any major injury concerns.

Sadio Mané picked up a dead leg after taking a knock during the game. While the injury isn’t serious, it did prevent him from being involved in training this week. However, he is expected to be ready for Saturday’s game.

Naby Keita returned to full training for Liverpool this week. He also played the first sixty-three minutes of Liverpool’s 0-2 win against MK Dons in midweek. Keita had been unavailable for the Reds since his participation in the African Cup of Nations in the summer with Guinea.

He is likely to be eased back into the side. Therefore, he is likely to take a place on the bench for this one.

Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain may replace Jordan Henderson in the only change from the side who won 1-2 in London last weekend. He offers more explosive power and penetration in midfield to open up a good, compact side.

Predicted Liverpool team vs Sheffield United

Predicted Liverpool team vs Sheffield United

Predicted Liverpool team vs Sheffield United

The latest tweets from Sheffield United pre-Liverpool

The latest tweets from Liverpool pre-Sheffield United

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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