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West Ham vs. Sheffield United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
24 October 2019
Saturday 26 October
London Stadium – Premier League
West Ham host Sheffield United on Saturday, looking to avoid a fifth straight winless game. The Blades are in similarly dire straits, and risk being dragged into the relegation zone this weekend.
Sheffield United came out on top when the sides met in 2014 in a League Cup fixture. The game was 1-1 at full time, with the Blades winning out on penalties.
Manuel Pellegrini may look to switch up for formula, having fielded similar starting XI over the past month. Jack Wilshire could start, bringing creativity from central-midfield, whilst Robert Snodgrass should be fit to re-join the team.
Chris Wilder may opt for a similar side to the one that faced Arsenal, with Callum Robinson still struggling for fitness and Oli Burnie missing out through disciplinary reasons. Central-midfielder John Fleck is likely to start having impressed on Monday.
West Ham vs. Sheffield United Preview and Predictions
Having started the season at full speed, West Ham’s campaign has come off the rails in recent weeks. A shock defeat to Oxford United in the cup preceded losses to Crystal Palace and Everton and a draw to Bournemouth, with Pellegrini desperate to turn their fate around against Sheffield United on Saturday. His team are 2.10 to get back to winning ways.
Chris Wilder’s side have enjoyed a far better spell since returning from the international break, beating Arsenal four their third win in nine games. The Blades, to their credit spent little money over the summer on re-enforcements and have attempted to play their own game in the top division, rather than play only to avoid defeat.
However, with Sheffield United balanced precariously just four points clear of the relegation zone, fans are still concerned that this ambitious approach will cost them their Premier League status come May. Saturday’s game against West Ham, who are currently devoid of confidence, would be an ideal opportunity for Wilder to prove that their recent result against Arsenal was no fluke. They’re 3.65 to do that, with the draw at 3.45.
Of course to do so would require to outplay a West Ham side that is as stacked with quality as it has been for over a decade. Sebastien Haller has taken to the Premier League comfortably, whilst last season’s recruits, Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson are both incredible comfortable on the ball. If Sheffield do attempt to play an open game, they could easily get put to the sword.
Haller to score anytime at 3.40
For all of West Ham’s woes, the Frenchman has kept scoring, and should find the target again on Saturday.
Under 2.5 goals scored at 1,91
There hasn’t been three goals scored in a Sheffield United game since August, with the Blades adept at keeping their opponents at bay.