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- Sheffield United have lost each of their last four Premier League matches.
- Aston Villa have taken seven points from the last nine on offer away from home.
- Sheffield United have scored just one goal in their last four league assignments combined.
- Aston Villa beat Sheffield United 1-0 when the teams last met in September.
Blades rooted to the bottom
Having briefly flirted with the idea of a late charge towards safety, Sheffield United’s form is once again relegation standard and the Blades’ 2-0 reverse at home to Liverpool on Sunday was their fourth defeat in a row.
Chris Wilder’s troops battled bravely against the Reds, though their lack of quality in the final third was again all too apparent.
With quality attackers as rare as hen’s teeth at the club, United have only pecked up one goal in their last 360 minutes of top-flight football and the Blades are currently on course to be the lowest scoring Premier League team in history.
Villa display potency on the road
Aston Villa warmed up for their trip to the Steel City with a fine 1-0 win at Leeds on Saturday, a result achieved without the match-winning influence of injured skipper Jack Grealish.
The Villains have now taken seven points from the last nine on offer on the road and they will be aiming to secure their fourth successive clean sheet on their travels at Bramall Lane on Wednesday.
Stick with Villa
The reverse fixture between Sheffield United and Villa back in September was decided by the slimmest of margins in a 1-0 victory for Dean Smith’s charges, and Wednesday’s rematch promises to be just as tight.
Villa needed to score just two goals to claim seven points from their last three away tests, and another solitary effort could be enough for the Villains to steal the points from the Blades again this week.
With injured duo John Egan and Chris Basham missing at the back, Sheffield United lack keystone defenders in their block, and with their confidence low following a run of four straight defeats, Villa are worth backing to win at Bramall Lane, while the factors suggest another 1-0 Villains victory could be worth taking for a correct score prediction.
Sheffield United injuries and team news
Defensive trio John Egan, Jack O’Connell and Chris Basham all remain sidelined for this match, while Jack Robinson and Jayden Bogle will also be absent.
Jack Robinson and Jayden Bogle are also out, so it will be a makeshift defensive setup on Wednesday.
Oliver Burke, Billy Sharp, Lys Mousset or Rhian Brewster will all be vying to start after Oli McBurnie and David McGoldrick’s poor showing against Liverpool.
Aston Villa injuries and team news
Jack Grealish remains a major fitness doubt for Villa after missing their last two matches, while Matty Cash and long-term absentee Wesley Moraes are also out.
Douglas Luiz and Ross Barkley will both hope to return to the XI having been benched at Leeds.