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Sheffield United vs Crystal Palace betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions, team news and odds

Sheffield United vs Crystal Palace odds and betting statistics

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Sheffield United vs Crystal Palace match preview

Welcome back to the Premier League Sheffield United!

The last time the Blades were a newly-promoted club, in 2019, their first home game back in the top-flight was a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, so will those in attendance expirence a sense of déjà vu?

Last season, despite not being amongst the favourites to go up, Paul Heckingbottom’s team finished second in the Championship, ending up 11 points clear of third, whilst also reaching the FA Cup semi-finals.

The Blades won 19 of 26 home matches in all competition, losing just four, and home form will be even more key this season as they make the step-up to a higher division.

For Crystal Palace, they’ve stuck with what they know.

Back in April, Roy Hodgson came out of retirement for the second time, tasked with keeping the Eagles in the division, following a 12-match winless run that cost Patrick Vieira his job.

The 76 year old, who began his managerial career in 1976, has signed on for another season, with the Palace hierarchy believing a safe pair of hands is required as they target a 12th successive season in the top-flight.

Crystal Palace did win at Bramall Lane behind-closed-doors in 2021, but have not won back-to-back visits since 1995.

So, roared on by an excited home crowd, will Sheffield United pick up all three points?

Sheffield United team news

Sheffield United have certainly not splashed the cash this summer, with Auston Trusty, Vinícius Souza, Anis Ben Slimane and Bénie Traoré the new arrivals, while Yasser Larouci has come in on loan.

In less good news, last season’s top-scorer Iliman Ndiaye has joined Olympique de Marseille for £15 million, which is more than what has been spent on all five recruits.

Sander Berge has also been sold to Burnley, while neither Tommy Doyle or James McAtee have returned after shining on loan.

Predicted XI (3-4-3): Foderingham; Ahmedhodžić, Trusty, Robinson; Baldock, Fleck, Ben Slimane, Larouci; Traoré, Brewster, McBurnie.

Crystal Palace team news

For the visitors, the post-Wilfried Zaha era begins, with the winger having joined Galatasaray on a free this summer, after making 458 appearances, scoring 90 goals, across two spells in South London.

For this match, they’ll also be without Michael Olise, who’s injured, so Eberechi Eze, who scored when Palace last visited Bramall Lane, will be the creative hub of this team.

In goal, Vicente Guaita is currently on strike, trying to force through a move, not happy with the fact that Sam Johnstone is the new number one.

Jefferson Lerma will make his debut, having arrived from Bournemouth, while 19 year old Matheus França is their only other new arrival, to date, so will the Brazilian be thrown straight into the starting XI?

Predicted XI (4-5-1): Johnstone; Clyne, Andersen, Guéhi, Mitchell; Lerma, Doucouré, Schlupp; Ayew, Eze, Édouard.

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