Norwich v Sheffield United Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 26/01/19
Sam Langston (@Samlan98) previews Norwich v Sheffield United and provides us with his best bets for Saturday’s Championship clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Norwich v Sheffield United Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 26/01/2019
- Time: 15:00
- Venue: Carrow Road
- Channel: N/A
Championship promotion hopefuls Norwich clash with fellow contenders Sheffield United on Saturday and we should be in for entertainment, with both sides boasting impressive data.
Ranking second in the total attempts and attempts on target metrics and first for attempts within the penalty area, hosts Norwich have profited from a wealth of opportunities at home. Daniel Farke’s clinical Canaries have struck 29 times from their 230 shots, giving them an excellent 12.61% conversion rate, and it’s the German gaffer’s expansive style which has led to a number of enthralling Carrow Road contests this term.
League games at the East Anglian venue are generating a considerable average of 3.71 goals, the second-highest figure in the division, and this sum rises even further when The Yellows have hosted top-half teams. City’s home meetings with these sides are producing 4.67 goals per-game, so with the fourth-placed Blades coming to town, we should be in for an eventful encounter.
Chris Wilder is another coach who openly advocates attacking football and a front-foot approach is exactly what he’s intending to implement at the weekend. Currently, Wilder’s side are three points adrift of Saturday’s opponents, who are occupying the second automatic promotion position, and the Blades boss has already made it clear he’ll be setting-up to close this gap to zero.
Wilder’s unique use of the 3-5-2 system allows both his wing-backs and centre-halfs the freedom to move forward and this brave set-up has contributed to plenty of action, with United’s away games averaging 2.71 goals. Rating third in the shots metric, seventh for shots on target, and recording a league-high 8.10 penalty area attempts, the guests have converted 22 of their 182 shots on the road at a proficient rate of 12.09%,.
Daniel Farke will still have to do without trio Timm Klose, Alex Tettey, and Moritz Leitner, who all remain side-lined through injury. Emiliano Buendía will be available for selection though, after recovering from a dead leg sustained in last Friday’s 3-1 win over Birmingham.
Sheffield United have no fresh injury concerns.
Potential Norwich Starting XI: Krul, Lewis, Godfrey, Zimmermann, Aarons, Vrančić, Trybull, Hernández, Stiepermann, Buendía, Pukki.
Potential Sheffield United Starting XI: Henderson, O’Connell, Egan, Basham, Stevens, Fleck, Norwood, Dowell, Baldock, McGoldrick, Sharp.
Head To Head
- These sides have met three times over the past season-and-a-half. Sheffield United have won the last two meetings, whilst Norwich ran out the victors in the first encounter.
Key Stats & Facts
- Overs has landed in the previous two meetings between the clubs.
- Five of Norwich’s six games at home to top-half opposition have produced Over 2.5 Goals.
- Norwich – 29/20
- Draw – 5/2
- Sheffield United – 101/50
Collectively, these sides have seen 17 of their 28 (60.71%) respective home and away games produce Over 2.5 Goals and that’s where my money is heading.
Saturday’s six-pointer is set-up to be an absolute cracker of a contest and given the market closed at 3/4 and 8/11 when Norwich hosted Derby and Leeds, the best priced 17/20 being offered by Betfair provides great value.