Sheffield United vs Everton Preview, H2H, Team News & Prediction
Sheffield United would want to gift themselves and their fans with their first win on boxing day when they host Carlo Ancelotti's Everton at Bramall Lane.
The Blades seem shattered at the bottom of the Premier League table with only two points, witnessing a complete turnaround after an exceptional 19-20 season just after promotion.
On the other hand, the Toffees, are at the fourth spot, only five points apart from their Merseyside rivals Liverpool. The Blades have managed to score only eight goals so far in the top-flight but their defensive concerns are more of a worry as they have leaked 25 goals, something they would never expect after a defensively solid previous season.
Sheffield United vs Everton: H2H
The sides have played each other thrice with Everton winning twice and Sheffield United winning once.
Chris Wilder has all the support from the management but things are not going their way at all. They were minutes away from the final whistle in their last game at the Amex Stadium but a Danny Welbeck strike spoiled their plan of taking the three points home for the first time this season.
Sheffield United defeated Everton when they were on the away side. However, they lost the game at home as the Toffees scored one goal that was enough to earn them the three points.
Everton will try to get back with a positive mindset on the pitch as they succumbed to a stubborn United side 2-0 in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup.
Not to forget, Everton are unbeaten in the league since November, and recent triumphs against Chelsea, Leicester, and Arsenal reflect their confidence and execution against teams who can lose the game midway.
Sheffield United vs Everton: Team News
Sheffield will be without the services of Jack O'Connell, Sander Berge, while Oli Mcburnie may or may not feature due to a shoulder problem. John Lundstram is suspended, and it is possible that Ben Osborn will be his replacement.
For Everton, Lucas Digne, Fabian Delph are still out, while James Rodriguez may feature depending on the circumstances. Richarlison is a concern too after he sustained a head injury during the quarter-final with the Red Devils.
Sheffield United Probable Playing XI
Everton Probable Playing XI
Sheffield United vs Everton Prediction:
Everton are the favorites entering into the game. However, it's Boxing Day and it is known for strange results. Not to forget, the Blades have enough potential to emerge victoriously but they need to be clinical in front of goal and at the same time manage to defend their end properly.
Sportco predicts Sheffield United to win.
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