By News Team
Last Updated: 22nd November 2019
There may be only one game on Sunday in the Premier League but it looks a very intriguing contest on paper with Sheffield United welcoming Manchester United to Bramall Lane.
Here is our preview of the Sunday afternoon kick-off as fifth faces seventh.
Wilder’s side fully deserving of league position
It’s hard to think many would have thought that come the end of November, Chris Wilder’s side would be higher in the league than Manchester United, but in all honesty they have every right to be so. Despite having much lower budgets compared to many of the other sides in the division and the lack of quality in the squad that brings, they have delighted the Sheffield United fans with their attacking brand of football.
Though the Blades have been beaten three times at home in the league this season, they more than held their own in narrow defeats to Leicester and Liverpool, while they got the better of Arsenal last month. Wilder deserves huge credit for his side’s start to the season, especially as a number of the squad played under him in both League One and the Championship.
The Blades go into this one as the 13/5 underdogs.
Hard to know where Man United are
It feels very much like one step forward, two steps back with Manchester United at the moment. Things looked very hopeful when they dispatched Chelsea 4-0 in the opening game of the season, but they’ve won just three times in the league since and sit a disappointing seventh in the table – nine points off the Champions League places.
That’s hardly the return that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have wanted when he was made the permanent Red Devils boss and with Mauricio Pochettino now out of work, there must be a few concerns that if results don’t improve, the club hierarchy could seek to replace the Norwegian with the former Tottenham manager.
Red Devils’ poor away record means Blades look value
In their last 10 away league matches, Manchester United have won just one of them (against lowly Norwich), while they’ve drawn three and lost six. During those games they’ve only played Arsenal from the top seven in the current league table, meaning they have plenty to prove away from home and a trip to Bramall Lane doesn’t look very enticing for a team struggling on their travels.
Sheffield United’s lack of quality means they are quite goal-shy and they’ve scored just six times at home so far in the league this term, while we all know the struggles the Red Devils have had at the top end of the pitch. Taking this into account, the 8/13 for under 2.5 goals looks worth snapping up.
There looks little value in backing Solskjaer’s side given their away day struggles and with Sheffield United riding the crest of a wave at the moment, backing the Blades draw no bet at 11/8 looks the way to go.