Marcello Cossali-Francis (@marcello95cf) previews Sheffield United vs Liverpool and provides us with his best bets for Saturday’s Premier League lunchtime kick-off by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
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Sheffield United vs Liverpool Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 28/09/19
- Time: 12:30
- Venue: Bramall Lane
- Channel: BT Sport
Liverpool and Sheffield United kick-off this weekend’s Premier League action on BT Sport, as the league leaders travel to Bramall Lane to face United in the lunchtime kick-off.
After winning their 15th consecutive league match last weekend at Stamford Bridge, Jurgen Klopp’s men continued their perfect start to the season with six wins from six. Whilst the defence looks slightly less formidable this time around, their front three are right on it and the Reds are averaging over three goals a game.
As for the hosts, they have made a decent start to life back in the top-flight. They secured their first away win of the season against Everton last Saturday, which was also their first away win in the PL since December 2006. Chris Wilder has made it clear to his players and the media that his side will do what it takes to secure a positive result and Liverpool can expect a very tough 90 minutes.
United have lost their last two home games in the league, to Leicester and Southampton but you would think they will raise their game for the visit of Liverpool. Wilder will no doubt set-up to take a draw and hope his side can cause Liverpool problems on the counter-attack.
United will employ a back five tomorrow, making it very difficult for the front-three to find space. Liverpool’s midfield trio of Fabinho, Henderson and Wijnaldum will need to move the ball quickly to avoid United getting men behind the ball.
Liverpool will have to do what they did against the likes of Cardiff City, Brighton and Huddersfield last season, which was be patient and be clinical. United won’t give away too many chances and the likes of Sadio mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino will need to take them when they come.
I can see this being a very tight game and will require upmost concentration from the home side because given any sniff, Liverpool will take it.
Billy Sharp completes his three-match suspension this weekend but Chris Wilder has a full squad to pick from. He rested players in their league cup defeat in the week and is expected to recall his regular starters for the visit of Liverpool. David McGoldrick is a doubt after tweaking his hamstring last week and is still a major doubt for this one.
Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri will sit out again whilst they both deal with slight knocks. Naby Keita made his return from injury in the league cup win over MK Dons but still needs more time to regain fitness. Sadio Mane took a knock last weekend but should be fine for the trip to Sheffield.
Potential Sheffield United Starting XI: Henderson; Basham, Egan, O’Connell; Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens; McBurnie, Robinson
Potential Liverpool Starting XI: Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Head To Head
These two sides have met just twice in the 2000’s, with Liverpool winning the most recent meeting by 4-0 in 2007. Liverpool haven’t actually won at Bramall Lane since 1990. Of the 96 fixtures played between them, on only 20 occasions has the away side come home with all three points.
Key Stats & Facts
- Liverpool have won their last 15 Premier League matches.
- BTTS has landed in five of Liverpool’s six league games to start the season.
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Liverpool’s six league games this season.
- United have failed to score in only one of their six games so far.
- Sheffield United – 9/1
- Draw – 4/1
- Liverpool – 1/3
Given how United have played against the likes of Chelsea and Everton, you think they would take confidence from those games and use what they did there to frustrate Liverpool. With a willing crowd behind them, I think United will make Liverpool work extremely hard for anything they get here.
Given the quality the visitors possess, you would still expect them to get the job done. United will be physical and will try to prevent Liverpool’s attack from gaining momentum so my first bet is in the ‘player to be carded market’. Enda Stevens will be marking Mo Salah and is the United player with the most tackles and fouls in the United team and at 4/1 to be carded anytime, that looks good value, especially given Salah will have the pace on him.
My second bet is for over 0.5 Sheffield United second-half goals at 6/4. Of United’s seven goals so far this campaign, six have come in the second period and the one they did manage in the first-half, was a Yerry Mina own-goal last weekend. Liverpool do look a little susceptible to conceding at the minute, they have kept just one clean sheet in the league so far, and I think United will get one in the second-half.
My final bet is Liverpool to win and BTTS. It has landed in five of their six wins in the league this season and even though I fancy United to get one, I think Liverpool will have enough to seal a victory in a touch fixture.