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Sheffield United vs Middlesbrough Predictions

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  • Bramall Lane
Sheffield United
Middlesbrough
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Both Teams To Score - No

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Draw 0-0

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Tip Reasoning

  • Both teams have not scored in four of the last five Championship games featuring Sheffield United.
  • Both teams have not scored in four of the last five Championship games featuring Middlesbrough.
  • Both teams have not scored in four of the last five head-to-head meetings between these clubs.
  • Middlesbrough are unbeaten in their last four away Championship games (2 wins, 2 draws).

In-form clubs clash on New Year’s Day

The hectic December fixture list could catch up with Middlesbrough when Chris Wilder takes his team to face his old club Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on New Year’s Day.

Boro looked flat and lethargic for long spells on Wednesday as Duncan Watmore’s stoppage-time winner earned the the three points at Blackpool to cement their spot in the playoff places. Wilder’s team have had around a week to prepare for each of their previous five fixtures and taken 13 points from 15.

But the quick turnaround for the Bloomfield Road trip appeared to take it’s toll with only effervescent wing-back Isiah Jones really looking the part for most of the game. Boro travel to south Yorkshire to take on a well-rested Blades side in this clash of two of the three most in-form clubs in the division.

Blades are back in the groove defensively

Paul Heckingbotham has been party to a major recovery too – although not yet as impressive as Boro’s rise from 14th to fifth under Wilder.  Sheffield United are unbeaten in five now and have kept clean sheets in two of the three games Heckingbotham has overseen. The most recent of those came against table-toppers Fulham as the Blades became only the second club to shut out Marco Silva’s men at home this season.

Wilder will feel as though a draw may be a good outcome for his team in the circumstances and will make them hard to beat with an emphasis on defence that should reduce the goal expectation for this game. Boro have conceded just once in their last five games anyway, so a ‘both teams to score – no’ bet looks advisable here.

Both teams have not scored in four of the last five respective Championship matches involving the two promotion-chasing clubs and also in 80% of their head-to-head meetings since 2017. A 0-0 correct score play is recommended because of Boro’s excellent recent clean sheet sequence and the Blades’ record of back-to-back blanks at Bramall Lane.

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