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Southampton vs Sheffield United Predictions

England Premier League | St. Marys Stadium | 26th July
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Southampton vs Sheffield United predictions for Sunday’s Premier League match at St. Mary’s Stadium. A defeat against the Saints could see the Blades drop to as low as 10th on the final day. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.

Predictions & Tips

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Under 2.5 Match Goals @ 10/11

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Southampton 1-0 @ 17/2

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Danny Ings To Score Anytime @ 1/1

Reason For Southampton vs Sheffield United Predictions

  • Under 2.5 goals were scored in 80% of Southampton’s last 10 Premier League home games.
  • Under 2.5 goals were registered in 80% of Sheffield United’s last 10 Premier League away matches.
  • Southampton beat the Blades 1-0 in the reverse fixture between the teams.
  • Sheffield United won just one of their last nine Premier League away assignments.

Saints finish in style

After a 2019/20 campaign that started in worryingly limp fashion, a solid mid-table finish represents quite the turnaround for Ralph Hasenhüttl’s ever-improving Saints.

Southampton looked like relegation candidates in the early throes of the season, and after an opening salvo of eight defeats in 12, which included a harrowing 9-0 mauling by Leicester City, the Saints were second from bottom in early November.

However, having chosen to stick by their enigmatic Austrian taskmaster, the Southampton hierarchy’s patience was rewarded by a gradual improvement in performances and results.

Since Christmas, Southampton have recorded impressive wins against Chelsea, Tottenham, Leicester and Man City, and the Saints enter their last day fixture at home to Sheffield United armed with a six-match unbeaten run.

Blades’ European dreams over

Sheffield United meanwhile, face ending their 2019/20 campaign with a tinge of disappointment having fallen at the final hurdle in the race to secure continental football for next season.

Before the season started last year, the newly promoted Blades would have welcomed the possibility of a top half finish with open arms had it been offered, however, having flirted with the top six for most of the season, Chris Wilder’s men will be frustrated to have fallen away at the death.

Their chances had looked promising after a trio of emphatic successive home wins over Tottenham, Wolves and Chelsea earlier this month, though back-to-back defeats in their last two outings against Leicester and Everton put paid to their European football hopes.

Now, United could finish as low as 10th if results go against them on the final day, and we expect the Blades to find the going tough on the south coast on Sunday.

Few goals anticipated

With just one win from their last nine Premier League away assignments, Sheffield United’s form on the road has scuppered their chances of qualifying for the Europa League this term.

The Blades’ problems have been rooted in their inability to create and score chances away from Bramall Lane – as evidenced by their dreadful return of just three goals from that aforementioned nine game spell.

United failed to score in four of their last five away tests, and in a massive six out of nine Premier League away tussles overall since late December, and we think their lack of attacking thrust should hold them back again on Sunday.

Southampton, however, are modest goal scorers themselves, especially at St Mary’s Stadium, where the Saints have plundered one or fewer goals in eight of their last 10 games.

Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of those fixtures produced low-scoring results – in fact, under 2.5 goals rattled the net in 80% of those 10 matches.

Interestingly, under 2.5 goals were also scored in 80% of Sheffield United’s last 10 away fixtures, with lacklustre forward play and robust Blades defending combining to keep goals low.

With those factors considered, the under 2.5 goals market looks the smartest avenue of approach again here, though our correct score prediction tips the in-form Saints to eventually carve out a 1-0 win against a United outfit that regularly come unstuck on their travels.

Southampton beat Sheffield United by that score when the teams faced-off in their reverse league fixture in September, and having averaged 0.9 goals per 90 minutes over their last 10 home matches, a single goal victory looks about the upper limit of their attacking capabilities.

Anytime Goalscorer pick: Danny Ings

Danny Ings has enjoyed a remarkably prolific season for a Southampton team that have often struggled in the final third this term, and the ex-Liverpool striker will be aiming to add to his 21 Premier League goal haul on Sunday.

Incredibly, 18 of Ings’s 21 goals this season were Southampton’s first strikes in their respective games, and the 28-year-old has notched 43.75% of the Saints’ total Premier League goals for the campaign himself.

With six goals in eight games, Ings has been one of the division’s deadliest marksmen since the restart, and the Winchester-born hitman will be targeting some repeat action in the final third this weekend.

Southampton vs Sheffield United team news

Sofiane Boufal and Moussa Djenpro are Southampton’s only confirmed absentees ahead of their final game, though Jan Bednarek and Nathan Tella are also rated as doubtful.

Jannik Vestergaard should slot into central defence if Bednarek fails to recover. Elsewhere, want away midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is unlikely to feature with a summer move away from the club on the horizon.

Southampton predicted line-up: McCarthy – Walker-Peters, Vestergaard, Stephens, Bertrand – Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Armstrong, Redmond – Long, Ings

Luke Freeman is Sheffield United’s only injury concern ahead of their tip to St. Mary’s Stadium. Key midfielder John Fleck, who was named on the bench for the Blades’ last two games, could be restored to the XI.

Elsewhere, it’s likely to be as you were for Chris Wilder’s side this weekend.

Sheffield United predicted line-up: Henderson – Basham, Egan, O’Connell – Baldock, Berge, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens – McBurnie, McGoldrick

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