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

Sheffield United vs Everton odds and betting statistics

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Sheffield United vs Everton match preview

A huge game to start the Premier League weekend as both teams desperately battle to get off the mark.

Everton kick off bottom of the table, after starting a season with three successive defeats, in which they’ve failed to score, for the first time in their 145-year history.

Last weekend, the Toffees were beaten 1-0 by Wolves at Goodison, conceding a soul-crushing goal with just three minutes remaining.

Before this, Sean Dyche’s team had also been beaten 1-0 by Fulham at home, before being demolished 4-0 at Villa Park.

Then, on Wednesday night, the Blues looked set for an even more embarrassing defeat, 1-0 down against the side currently bottom of the EFL Doncaster Rovers in the Carabao Cup.

Nevertheless, late goals from summer recruits Beto and then Arnaut Danjuma saw them claim a 2-1 victory at Eco-Power Stadium, mainly preventing an ignominious exit.

Sheffield United meantime are also on zero points after three matches, but can take heart from the fact they’ve only lost each match by a solitary goal.

Paul Heckingbottom’s team appeared to have snatched a point from Manchester City last Sunday, Jayden Bogle equalising late on, only for the champions to go straight up the other end and score themselves.

Unlike their visitors from Merseyside, the Blades were knocked out the League Cup on Wednesday by lower-league opposition.

After being held to a goalless draw by third-tier Lincoln City, Louie Marsh, Bénie Traoré and John Egan all missed their penalties as the Imps advanced.

Ahead of this one, Everton have won their last two visits to Bramall Lane, both 1-0, but have never won three successive outings there in the 130-year history of this fixture.

The Toffees’ most-recent defeat at this ground came in 1992, Adrian Littlejohn the only scorer, but will this fact change in this Saturday early kick off?

Sheffield United team news

Paul Heckingbottom made nine changes for Wednesday’s League Cup tie with Lincoln, John Egan and Oliver Norwood the only players keeping their places.

Cameron Archer made his debut in mid-week, so could come in up front, while Oli McBurnie is also an option in attack, as he eased back to full fitness.

Predicted XI (3-5-2): Foderingham; Ahmedhodžić, Egan, Robinson; Baldock, Norwood, Hamer, Souza, Osborn; Archer, Traoré.

Everton team news

Jarrad Branthwaite came into defence against Wolves, displacing Michael Keane, so he is expected to keep his place for this one.

New signings Youssef Chermiti and Beto both debuted in Doncaster, the latter scoring the equaliser, so expect both to feature again here, possibly both from the start.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Alex Iwobi, Dele, Dwight McNeil and Jack Harrison are all injured.

Predicted XI (4-5-1): Pickford; Patterson, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Young; Gana Gueye, Doucouré, Onana, Garner, Danjuma; Chermiti.

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