Sheffield Utd v Crystal Palace Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 18/08/19

Sheffield Utd v Crystal Palace Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

Football specialist James O’Rourke (@JamesOR1) previews Sheffield United versus Crystal Palace and provides us with his best bets for Sunday’s Premier League clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

  • 2019 Profit & Loss: -8.63pts

Sheffield United v Crystal Palace Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 18/08/19
  • Time: 14:00
  • Venue: Bramall Lane
  • Channel: Sky Sports Premier League/Main Event

2007 was the last time Bramall Lane hosted Premier League football and it makes a triumphant return on Sunday lunchtime. Still on a high following their last-gasp equalise at Bournemouth, Sheffield United look to maintain the good feeling when Crystal Palace come to town. Palace also drew their opening league encounter versus Everton, and they’ll be eager to improve upon recent history. That is because The Eagles have lost their first away league game in nine of the last 11 seasons. Home advantage affords Chris Wilder’s men favouritism this weekend, but they know they’ll have to work hard in every game for every point. Expect an attractive and potentially exciting game in the ‘Steel City’.

Team News

Chris Wilder must decide if to make a few offensive changes for this game after Billy Sharp was left on the bench for the season opening draw at Bournemouth. He should be recalled, whilst Oliver McBurnie could be in line for his first start since joining from Swansea City. The Blades have no injury concerns.

Crystal Palace could have Gary Cahill a start having had some time to improve his fitness levels following a season out of favour with previous club Chelsea. Roy Hodgson may also start Wilfried Zaha, who failed in his attempts to leave Selhurst Park this summer.

Potential Sheffield United Starting XI: Henderson, Basham, Egan, O’Connell, Baldock, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens, Robinson, McBurnie, Sharp.

Potential Crystal Palace Starting XI: Guaita, Ward, Cahill, Dann, van Aanholt, Townsend, McArthur, Milivojevic, Meyer, Benteke, Zaha.

Head To Head

  • This will be the 54th meeting in this head to head battle. Crystal Palace are edging the numbers with 21 wins compared to 20 for Sheffield United. 12 have finished all-square, but the last time these two met was in the 2010/11 season.
  • This was last an all-Premier League fixture in 1992/93, with Crystal Palace doing the double in that campaign.
  • Palace have only won one of their last five visits to Bramall Lane, which was a League Cup tie in 2007.
  • Seven of the 11 most recent encounters has failed to see both teams scoring.

Key Stats & Facts

  • All of Sheffield United’s nine Championship defeats last season came versus teams positioned between third and tenth.
  • Only Man City, Liverpool, Tottenham, Man Utd and Chelsea claimed more points away in last season’s Premier League.
  • In their promotion-winning campaign, Sheff Utd scored the first goal in 32 of their 46 league contests. Of those 32, they would win 24 of them.
  • Palace have lost their opening away league game in nine of the last 11 seasons.

Betting Odds

  • Sheffield United 6/4
  • Draw 2/1
  • Crystal Palace 11/5

The Verdict

I’m not one for going too big early on any bet early on in the season, especially as we’re only into the second weekend of Premier League action. Home advantage will count for a lot for Sheffield United this season and they won’t be easily beaten here. The big clubs will face a battle here, that’s for sure. I fancy them to put on a performance here, but I can never totally rule out Crystal Palace away from home. They beat Man City and Arsenal on the road last season, as well as good wins at Wolves and Leicester. Wilder will always set up his side to win at home, and whilst I fancy them to score, they could get caught out on the break too. I think 8/5 is quite generous odds as well. I think it is mainly because Palace’s match was 0-0 against Everton, but there were chances at either end.

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