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Sheffield United vs Middlesbrough Predictions

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Sheffield United To Win To Nil

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Sheffield United vs Middlesbrough Predictions

  • Sheffield United have won five of their last seven home Championship games.
  • Boro have lost three of their last four away Championship fixtures.
  • The Blades have kept clean sheets in seven of their past eight home league games and seven of ten overall.

Blades may have slight edge in crunch clash

Sheffield United have been virtually irresistible at home since Paul Heckingbottom took charge and he could get one over former Blades boss Chris Wilder and his Middlesbrough side in this eagerly anticipated Championship clash, rearranged from New Year’s Day, on Tuesday.

It sounds pretty basic but the Blades’ ability to keep goals out and convert enough of their chances has made them a highly effective force in the second half of the Championship season. Heckingbottom’s reversion to a back three system, mimicking the Wilder playbook, has aided United’s rise from bottom eight to top seven.

A win over Boro would be huge on two counts as the Blades would leapfrog the visitors and silence any Bramall Lane regulars that feel the manager isn’t in Wilder’s class. Of course, there’s no tactician better placed to disrupt Heckingbottom’s plans than the man that took them to back-to-back promotions.

Boro’s away form not what it needs to be

Middlesbrough showed again that they are hard to stop on their own patch with a 2-0 win over Luton on Saturday, but their away form isn’t anywhere near as good as it should be. Boro have lost three of their last four away Championship fixtures, including defeats to relegation-threatened Bristol City and Barnsley.

They have conceded seven goals in their last three road trips and are unlikely, we feel, to keep a clean sheet against a team that has scored in all but one of their seven home games under this manager. The Blades were denied a third straight home win by a typical Nottingham Forest late show last week and will surely redouble their efforts not to concede in this.

The result is likely to be decided by which team takes their chances and, given recent results, the hosts look that bit more clinical to us. A win to nil also looks probable here because the Blades have kept clean sheets in seven of their past eight home league games and seven of ten overall. A 2-0 home win takes our fancy in correct score betting as three of United’s last five Bramall Lane victories have been by that score and Boro have shipped nine in their last five on the road.

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