Sheffield United vs Manchester United Predictions
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- Sheffield United have lost 11 of their 12 Premier League fixtures this season.
- Man Utd have a 100% winning record on the road in the league this term.
- United conceded in each of their five away league victories this season however.
- The Blades have conceded two or fewer goals in 10 of their 12 Premier League matches since the summer.
Blades’ misery continues
Sheffield United were beaten for the 11th time in 12 Premier League matches at Southampton last weekend, though the manner of the Blades’ latest defeat felt significant.
Chris Wilder’s relegation threatened team had lost games by a single goal in five of their last six assignments, though the Blades couldn’t blame bad luck or fine margins on their 3-0 loss against the Saints.
Southampton racked up 16 attempts to their visitor’s three at St. Mary’s Stadium in a drubbing that left the Blades a full eight points from safety and with their confidence shattered.
United’s dour derby
Manchester United meanwhile, prepared for their trip to Bramall Lane by taking a point against rivals City in a tepid derby contest at Old Trafford.
While the heavyweight clash made for uninspiring viewing, the draw did at least allow United to extend their recent Premier League unbeaten streak to five games, and their excellent showing on the road this season suggests they have a chance of getting back to winning ways on Thursday.
Win but no clean sheet for the Red Devils?
Manchester United’s inconsistency has been well documented this season, though the Red Devils remain an extremely potent force away from Old Trafford, as evidenced by a perfect winning record on their travels this season.
Solskjaer’s counter-attacking specialists took maximum points in each of their first five Premier League away assignments this season, though they have won 10 and drawn two of their last 12 matches on the road overall in an impressive sequence that stretches all the way back to mid-February.
We expect United to continue their streak at the Blades’ expense on Thursday, though the hosts won’t give their more illustrious visitors an easy ride in the Steel City.
Man Utd had to come from behind to win each of their away matches this term, breaking a Premier League record to do so, and we expect the top four chasers to concede en-route to victory again at Bramall Lane.
With that considered, the Man Utd win and both teams to score combination looks an excellent choice for Thursday’s tussle, while our correct score prediction tips the Red Devils to eke out a 2-1 triumph.
Despite their dreadful overall results, The Blades have conceded two or fewer goals in 10 of their 12 Premier League matches since the summer – a record that makes a wide margin away victory unlikely this week.
Sheffield United injuries and team news
Jack O’Connell remains a long-term absentee for Sheffield United, while striker Oliver McBurnie is also a major doubt after he picked up a shoulder injury against Southampton last weekend.
Lys Mousset will likely start in his place, while John Lundstram will also hope to come back into the Blades midfield.
Manchester United injuries and team news
Edinson Cavani missed the Manchester Derby, though he should be fit enough for a place on the bench at Bramall Lane.
Anthony Martial looks set to return to the starting XI, while recently fit again Luke Shaw could be replaced by Alex Telles at left back as United look to manage his recovery.
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