Sheffield United v Sheffield Wednesday Betting Preview | 12th January
In our Sheffield United vs Sheffield Wednesday betting preview we look at team news, potential line-ups, stats & facts, head to head, popular bets and more for Friday’s Championship fixture.
Sheffield United v Sheffield Wednesday Betting Preview
Venue: Brammall Lane
Friday night sees two City rivals meet at Bramall Lane in a match that promises to be a raucous occasion. These two met at Hillsborough earlier in the season which resulted in a 4-2 win for the Blades, the Owls will be out for revenge here no doubt under new boss Jos Luhukay.
Luhukay is a left-field appointment by the Chansiri group, he had decent spells in the Bundesliga with Hertha Berlin as well as making Augsburg a settled top tier team. He is a manager that focuses on getting a strong team mentality and his disciplinarian management style will demand 100% effort from his players in an aim to climb up the table. He also has a fantastic record of getting teams promoted to the top league. Whether his appointment will have an instant impact it remains to be seen, but he will be hoping to turn around a season that has so far has been one to forget for the Wednesday faithful.
2017 was an unbelievable year for Sheffield United, they collected more points than anyone else in the football league last year and comfortably so. Chris Wilder has seen his side settle into Championship life with confidence and they look like a serious contender for back-to-back promotions. Blades currently sit a point below the play off positions but they have done most of their good work on home soil, winning 62% of their games in S2.
Sheffield United are a very interesting team to watch from a tactical point of view, they play a fluid 5-3-2 but it’s the fact that Wilder allows centre halves Chris Basham and Jack O’Connell to advance into the attacking half of the pitch during open play. When this happens the likes of John Fleck and John Lundstram will fill in. Their attacking philosophy, which is more prominent at home, has served them well and most teams haven’t dealt with this tactic well.
New signings Ryan Leonard, Lee Evans and James Wilson could feature for United, John Fleck is now back after a recent three game ban. Kieron Freeman and David Brooks remain sidelined.
Wednesday have quite a few injuries that leave players such as Jack Hunt, Barry Bannan, Gary Hooper and Kieran Westwood doubtful.
Stats & Facts
- Sheffield Wednesday have only won once at Bramall Lane in their last 14 visits.
- Leon Clarke has scored 6 in his last 5 games against Wednesday including a brace this season.
- John Fleck has picked up 8 yellow cards and 1 red card this season.
- Sheffield United – 4/5
- Draw – 11/4
- Sheffield Wednesday – 9/2
The money has come for Sheffield United this week coming in from 10/11 to 4/5 best price. It’s understandable given home/away collective form, respective injury lists and overall club stability and outlook. 4/5 is just about backable in my book for the hosts to pick up the win, fresh competition in those three recent arrivals will breed competition within the squad and it should mean the Blades are bang at it. The more venturesome punter may want to boost that 4/5 to 16/5 by including the leagues top scorer Leon Clarke to score in a Sheffield United win.
John Fleck is a player I always look at for an anytime booking, even more so in this Steel City derby. He picked up a yellow in this reverse fixture and is one of the usual suspects for a card, he’s reasonably priced at 5/2 to get another here. I’d urge anyone looking at this market to wait until team news is announced to make sure he starts.
- Sheffield United to win – 4/5
- John Fleck to be carded – 5/2