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Sheffield United vs Manchester City Predictions

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Manchester City to Win and Under 3.5 Match Goals

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Manchester City 2-0

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Sheffield United vs Manchester City Predictions

  • Sheffield United saw under 3.5 goals scored in 100% of their six Premier League games this season.
  • Man City scored just three goals combined in two meetings with the Blades last term.
  • Sheffield United failed to score in 50% of their last six league assignments
  • The winless Blades were beaten in five of their first six Premier League games of the new campaign.

Blades’ search for a win continues

Sheffield United produced a plucky performance against defending champions Liverpool at Anfield last week, however, ultimately the hard-working Blades fell short again, losing for the fifth time in six Premier League fixtures since the summer.

With their lack of defence-shredding power apparent, United are the division’s joint lowest scorers with three goals – and two of those efforts were converted from the penalty spot.

Positives are thin on the ground for Chris Wilder at the moment, though the Blades – who are yet to concede more than twice in a game – have looked typically well-organised in their own third.

City’s continental confidence booster

Manchester City haven’t been pulling up any trees with their own performances so far this term, though the Citizens’ enjoyed a comfortable evening in the Champions League in mid-week thanks to a 3-0 triumph at Marseille.

The win in France pushed City’s unbeaten run to six games in all competitions, and while Pep Guardiola’s charges have yet to fully hit their stride, their harrowing 5-2 reverse at home to Leicester remains their only defeat of the new campaign.

City to nab three points

Sheffield United’s malaise in the final-third is difficult to look past, and with their strikers looking short on confidence, the Blades look ill-equipped to test Ederson on Saturday.

United’s 2.8 shots on target per game average is the Premier League’s second worst this season behind Newcastle, and a vastly superior City frontline have the weaponry to outgun their hosts.

As we touched on above, Sheffield United are rarely torn to shreds however, and the Blades conceded two or fewer goals in 12 of their last 13 league assignments.

Last season, Man City managed to hit the net just three times over two encounters with Chris Wilder’s robust United, in 2-0 and 1-0 victories at the Etihad Stadium and Bramall Lane respectively.

We think United are destined to lose their third meeting on the bounce against a City team energized by their mid-week success, though the margin of victory is likely to be slim again. The Manchester giants are averaging just 1.6 goals per 90 minutes in the league this term, and with strike duo Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero sidelined, a glut of net-swelling action shouldn’t be anticipated.

With that considered, the Man City win and under 3.5 goals combination looks a superb price for Saturday’s skirmish, while our correct score prediction backs the Citizens to record a 2-0 triumph.

The Blades conceded exactly two goals in 50% of their first six Premier League tests this season, and having notched just once from open play since the summer, another day of disappointing beckons.

Sheffield United injuries and team news

Lys Mousset, Jack O’Connell and John Fleck are all still absent for Sheffield United and won’t feature, leaving Chris Wilder with few options to switch things up to aid the Blades’ search for a win.

Manchester City injuries and team news

Man City are without both specialist centre-forwards Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, and Raheem Sterling looks set to play as the team’s focal point at Bramall Lane in their absence.

Benjamin Mendy and Fernandinho have also been ruled out, though Nathan Ake will hope to be back into contention after injury.

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