Tom Love (@TomLove_18) previews West Ham vs Sheffield United and provides us with his best bets for Saturday's clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
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West Ham v Sheffield United Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 26/10/19
- Time: 15:00pm
- Venue: Olympic Stadium
- Channel: N/A
Sheffield United beating Arsenal on Monday night will have surprised a few but I wasn't shocked in the slightest. I've watched plenty of this United side in recent years and they're a match for anyone, Arsenal are a terrible away side too so the Bladesmen had every chance and duly obliged courtesy of a Lys Mousset tap in.
It's clear to see that straight-talking gaffer Chris Wilder has defensive stability at the forefront of his mind in order to keep the steel city club in the top flight and it's proving to be a worthwhile exercise. Having said that his side do look to play through the lines, getting their impressive full-backs into crossing positions and there's never a lack of movement going forward. They're a dynamic bunch when in possession but solid when they don't have the ball.
They're struggling for goals on the whole though and their starting XI doesn't shine when you're wanting the net to bulge. A back 5 with 3 predominantly defensive midfielders does allow for flexibility in terms of personnel when going forward but only John Lundstram of the back 8 as it is has scored this season.
West Ham were battered by Everton last week and it's a measure of their inconsistent nature under Manuel Pellegrini. They're now 4 without a win in all competitions and I'd struggle to have faith in them at quotes of around even-money to turn that around here. All in all I'm expecting a tight game here with little to split between the sides.
The hosts are without Michael Antonio and Lukas Fabianski whilst there are doubts over the fitness of Aaron Creswell and Winston Reid.
Sheffield United have a clean bill of health and are likely to field the same team that beat Arsenal.
Potential West Ham Starting XI: Roberto, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Rice, Noble, Yarmelenko, Lanzini, Anderson, Haller.
Potential Sheffield United Starting XI: Henderson, Baldock, Basham, Egan, O'Connell, Stevens, Fleck, Norwood, Lundstram, McGoldrick, Mousset.
Key Stats & Facts
- There has been under 2.5 goals in each of Sheffield United's last 6 games in all competitions.
- Under 1.5 goals has landed in 5 of those 6 games.
- West Ham – 11/10
- Draw – 5/2
- Sheffield United – 27/10
Given the extremely low scoring nature of the Blades' games this season I'm surprised we can get odds-against on under 2.5 goals. It's copped in 7/9 Sheffield United games including each of their last 5. For all West Ham are thought of as an attacking force, 5/9 of their Premier League games have seen fewer than 3 goals. Combined, two-thirds of the sides' games have seen 2 or fewer goals so the odds-against on offer looks like good value and worthy of a 1.5pt play.
I also can't let the 3/1 on under 1.5 goals go given its landed in 5 of the visitors last 6 games in all competitions. They're a compact and solid unit, great off the ball and positionally aware. It's no surprise that teams are struggling to infiltrate Chris Wilder's side. That being said it does mean they're sacrificing a goal threat but I think it's the bosses MO to be hard to beat first and foremost.