Tom Love (@TomLove_18) previews Sheffield United v West Brom and provides us with his best bets for Friday night's televised clash by analysing team news, potential line ups, head to head, key stats, facts and more.

Sheffield United v West Brom Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 14/12/18
  • Time: 19:45pm
  • Venue: Bramall Lane
  • Channel: Sky Sports Football

Coming up to the halfway stage of the season and there's just the single point to separate these two.

Both like to play attractive football and they're both regularly on TV. West Brom seem to play every Friday night which won't please the majority of their fans but it usually makes for good viewing for the neutral.

I've written a lot about the Baggies attacking nature, they remain the top scorers in the league. I'm not going to divulge too much over the stuff I've previously touched on, suffice to say WBA play front-foot football with a major emphasis on going forward and little discipline at the other end of the pitch.

They snatched a late draw last week against Aston Villa and they deserved a point when looking at the stats. Darren Moore's side won the xG count against a side in great form so they can certainly threaten the hosts here.

Hosts Sheffield United have been in mixed form of late although they did get a win last time out away at Reading. They deserved their 2-0 victory as well, the Blades sharpened up after the break and were more of a threat once Billy Sharp was on the pitch.

David McGoldrick had a few presentable opportunities in that game and it's been a feature this season for the ex Ipswich man. He's likely to start up front with Sharp and it's a strike pairing that are a serious threat inside the box. Mark Duffy should return to the starting fold too, he is superb inbetween the lines and is the creative spark for the Steel City club.

Team News

Jake Wright and Leon Clarke are unavailable for the hosts.

Kyle Bartley and James Morrison won't be fit for the visitors.

Potential Sheffield United Starting XI: Henderson, Stevens, Basham, Egan, O'Connell, Baldock, Fleck, Norwood, Duffy, McGoldrick, Sharp.

Potential West Brom Starting XI: Johnstone, Adarabioyo, Hegazi, Dawson, Gibbs, Barnes, Livermore, Brunt, Phillips, Rodriguez, Gayle.

Key Stats & Facts

  • West Brom's last league win at Bramall Lane came in 2004 – Current Baggies gaffer Darren Moore scored a goal and an own goal in that clash.
  • Should they lose here, it would be the first back-to-back home losses for Sheffield United since September 2015.
  • Billy Sharp has scored in 40 league games under Chris Wilder, every single time he's scored, the Blades have never been defeated.

Betting Odds

  • Sheffield United – 13/10
  • Draw – 5/2
  • West Brom – 9/4

The Verdict

It promises to be an entertaining affair but it's one that might really come to life after the break. It's been goalless in over half of Sheffield United's home games after 45 minutes, their last game at Reading was also 0-0 at half time. Most West Brom games see goals in the second period too.

Therefore the main selection here is for the 2nd half to be the highest scoring which is available to back at 11/10 with PaddyPower. I do expect goals at some point in this game but I think we might have to wait a while for it really to ignite.

The second bet here is for David McGoldrick to have 2 or more shots on target. We can get an odds against quote of 11/10 with SkyBet and it's highly attractive. He's getting into good areas a lot of the time and he's averaging an xG of 1 goal in 2 games. He's also averaging around 3 shots a game, given he's up against a charitable defence I think he should have a few opportunities.

Finally, I'm happy to have a punt on an old favourite of mine. It's both teams to score, both teams over 3 corners and both teams over 1 card. If we utilise Bet365's BetBuilder we get a 13/2 shot and it's worth a poke I reckon.

Recommended Bets

  • Second Half – Highest Scoring Half – 11/10 (PaddyPower)
  • David McGoldrick to have 2+ shots on target – 11/10 (SkyBet)
  • Both teams to score, both teams over 3 corners and both teams over 1 card – 13/2 (Bet365 – BetBuilder)