Sheffield United vs Everton Preview, Betting Tips and Odds

Sheffield United vs Everton Preview, Betting Tips and Odds

Sheffield United vs Everton predictions ahead of this Premier League clash on Monday night

Sheffield United to continue European push
If you had been told months ago that one of these sides would be pushing for Europe in their penultimate game, you’d have probably backed Everton, managed by Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti. However, it’s Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United who is just a point shy of the top seven with two rounds left to play.

Meanwhile, Everton is a bottom-half side struggling for form in the run-in. However, that’s not an issue according to their big-name manager. For former Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and PSG boss Ancelotti, safety was the priority for Everton this season. Meanwhile, a promoted Sheffield United side was blasted by Wilder this week for losing 2-0 at fourth-placed Leicester.

There’s clearly a gap in their ambitions as well as their positions in the table. Now Everton head to the Blades in their final trip of the season, which they’ve struggled in during recent years. The Toffees haven’t won their final away league game in any of the last four Premier League seasons (D1 L3). Could that allow the hosts to boost their European ambitions?

Everton in terrible shape on the road
Despite being a side who usually target a European finish, Everton has an away record of a relegation-threatened side. They have lost 11 away Premier League games this season, their most since 2003-04 (also 11). That’s given them the 16th best away record, above only Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich. Their three trips since the restart have reflected that, with their only goal coming in a win at Norwich.

Their travel troubles are likely to continue here, given that Everton hasn’t won away against Sheffield United in the league since October 1972. Meanwhile, the away side have had a tough time against the best teams in the league. Their only point at a top-half team this season was a 1-1 draw with Manchester United back in December. They’ve lost eight of nine visits to teams in the top 10 overall, losing to nil in each of their last three.

Sheffield United to continue great run
The hosts have won five of their last six home matches in the Premier League, while they have won nine of 13 matches at home against teams from sixth and below. Since the restart, the Blades have produced home wins over three of the top seven, seeing off Chelsea, Wolves and Tottenham. They’ve won 7-1 on aggregate across that run, so Everton shouldn’t be much trouble for the hosts.

Despite the difference in form between the pair, Sheffield United have been generously priced for three points this week. Given that this Everton side is just treading water until the end of the season while the Blades push for Europe, we expect the hosts to come out of this with a victory. Our first prediction here is the fifth defeat in six league trips for Everton. Meanwhile, we’re backing the goal-shy visitors for a 2-0 defeat.

Everton’s chances here don’t look great when you take a closer look at their defending on the road this term. They have conceded the second-highest number of set-piece goals away from home, conceding 0.5 per away trip this season. We know the Blades are a threat from free-kicks and corner, while they have a side who have plenty of aerial presence.

Centre-half John Egan has scored twice in his last four games, taking at least one shot in each of those four. The hosts give their centre-halves chances to step forward, so they could hurt the hosts, who are playing a functional 4-4-2. Egan obviously has the ability to hurt the Toffees from set-plays, but yet he’s an outsider to score anytime. As a result, he’s our anytime goalscorer prediction here.

Key Battle: Dean Henderson vs Dominic Calvert-Lewin
These two represent the differing standards for Sheffield United’s defence and Everton’s attack. While Dominic Calvert-Lewin and his strike partner Richarlison have hit 25 goals between them this season, both have been off form since the restart. Richarlison has scored twice since March, with both goals coming at Goodison. Calvert-Lewin hasn’t scored in eight games for Everton.

Meanwhile, the Blades have made their defence the backbone of their success this season. That’s continued since the restart, as Sheffield United have conceded just one goal in their last four Premier League games at Bramall Lane, with clean sheets in each of their last two.

Manchester United loanee Dean Henderson is at the heart of that, as he’s setting an incredible standard at the back for the Blades. Henderson is looking to become the first goalkeeper to record 14 clean sheets for a promoted top-flight side since Swansea’s Michel Vorm in 2011-12 (14). Only former Red Devil Edwin van der Sar has kept more with a top-flight newcomer, recording 15 shutouts with Fulham in 2002.

With Henderson on top form, we expect him to come out on top when he faces off against Everton’s misfiring strike partnership.

Sheffield United vs Everton team news
Chris Wilder could make changes following their loss at Leicester, especially given that he has an almost full-strength squad to pick from. The likes of John Fleck, Lys Mousset and fantasy football king John Lundstram are all expected to return to the side after sitting out in midweek.

Sheffield United predicted line-up: Henderson – Basham, Egan, O’Connell – Baldock, Fleck, Norwood, Lundstram, Stevens – McBurnie, Mousset

A Premier League debut is on the cards for 18-year-old Jarrad Branthwaite here. Yerry Mina is a doubt for the Toffees, while Mason Holgate is expected to sit out leaving the visitors limited at centre-half.

Everton predicted line-up: Pickford – Coleman, Branthwaite, Keane, Digne – Walcott, Davies, Gomes, Gordon – Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
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