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Sheffield United vs. Bournemouth Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
05 February 2020
Saturday 9 February
Bramall Lane – Premier League
Two teams with opposing fortunes face off on Saturday as in-form Sheffield United host strugglers Bournemouth in the Premier League. It’s the Blades looking for European football come the end of the season and the Cherries too close to the drop zone for comfort, when most would have expected the reverse at the start of the campaign.
Bournemouth and Sheffield United have met just once in the past seven years, with the game earlier this season ending in a draw, thanks to a late Billy Sharp equaliser to a Chris Mepham goal.
Sander Berge made a high quality debut in Sheffield United’s last game, and Chris Wilder will have a dilemma on his hands whether to start the Belgian over squad regular John Lundstram. David McGoldrick remains the Blades only injury concern, with few changes expected from their last outing at Crystal Palace.
Jefferson Lerma is suspended, following his red card in Bournemouth’s win over Aston Villa, with Andrew Surman the likely replacement. Josh King, Chris Mepham and David Brooks are key injuries for Eddie Howe’s side, although Philip Billing returned in the Cherries last game and should start in midfield again.
Sheffield United vs. Bournemouth Predictions, Preview and Predictions
Sheffield United sit in six place in the Premier League as we go into Saturday’s fixtures, and they host a Bournemouth side that are dangerously placed fifth from bottom.
The Cherries managed to win their last game, despite a somewhat contentious red card to enforcer Jefferson Lerma. This will be of concern to Eddie Howe as they travel to Bramall Lane, with their hosts known for their physicality and Bournemouth hardly packed with defensively-minded midfielders.
The Bournemouth manager may find some relief in the Blades’ struggles going forward last weekend against Crystal Palace. Despite taking the lead early on, Sheffield United had yet to register a shot on target, and relied on that single goalkeeper error to gift them the points. The promoted side may be flying high, and displaying wonderful build-up play, but have yet to look clinical in front of goal, with no players scoring more than five in the league this season. They are though 1.71to win here, with the draw at 3.65 and Bournemouth 5.60
Eddie Howe’s team have looked better going forward, and have a number of goal-scorers in the side, yet the manager may be concerned with the form of Callum Wilson. The England forward hit 14 goals last season, and many expected him to take the next step in his career over the summer, however, with no move materialising the forward has just six strikes with 25 games gone.
With both sides lacking in creativity, Chris Wilder’s organisation should give his team the edge, but with plenty of talent in the Bournemouth squad, they could just nick it.
Under 2.5 goals scored at 2.20
Neither side is thriving going forward at the moment, so a low scoring game should be expected.
Sheffield to win to nil at 2.45
A 1-0 like their last game would suit Wilder’s team just fine as they look to consolidate their position.