In the forecast for the match Liverpool – Sheffield United, which will take place on October 24, we assessed the condition of both clubs and selected a forecast for the upcoming meeting.
Liverpool are having a tough time right now. The club is still suffering from Van Dyck’s injury. As it became known, the Dutchman will not play this season, and in general his further career is in question. Recall that in the Merseyside derby, Jordan Pickford broke a defender without incurring any punishment.
Liverpool have already played their first leg without Van Dyke. In the Champions League, the Reds beat Ajax to a minimum (1: 0). In defense, an unusually nervousness was noticeable. Nevertheless, Liverpool still managed to play in this meeting to zero, not least thanks to Adrian’s saves and Fabinho’s selfless play .
To be fair, it should be noted that Liverpool’s defense in this championship was not at all a model of reliability. In five rounds, the Reds conceded 13 goals. No team in the league has conceded more. In the first three matches, Liverpool have beaten Leeds (4: 3), Chelsea (2: 0) and Arsenal (3: 1). Then there was a defeat by Aston Villa (2: 7) and a draw with Everton (2: 2). Liverpool are third, three points behind the first Everton.
Alisson Becker and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are in the Liverpool infirmary, besides Van Dyke. The state of Joel Matip, Thiago Alcantara, Costas Tsimikas and Nabi Keita is not fully known.
The terrible start of Sheffield has led to the fact that the “blades” more and more bogged down in the quagmire of the standings. Moreover, the situation for Chris Wilder’s team will potentially only get worse. After Liverpool, Sheffield United will play Manchester City and Chelsea.
In the first five rounds, Sheffield lost to Wolverhampton (0: 2), Aston Villa (0: 1), Leeds (0: 1) and Arsenal (1: 2). The “blades” earned their only point in the home meeting with Fulham (1: 1). As you can see, “Sheffield” is still performing well in defense, however, the “blades” are not doing so well in attack.
Unlike last season, Sheffield is not an empty hospital. It contains five players: Simon Moore, Lis Mousse, Max Love, Jack O’Connell and John Fleck.
Liverpool’s unbeaten home run in the Premier League has reached 61 games.
In 27 of 28 previous home games in the Premier League, Liverpool have won.
In all four of their last league games at Anfield, the Reds have conceded.
Sheffield’s unbeaten run in the Premier League has reached eight games.
On the road in the championship, the “blades” do not win eight matches in a row, in five of which Wilder’s wards failed to score.
Liverpool have beaten Sheffield in all three of their last face-to-face meetings. Last season, the Merseysides defeated the Blades 1-0 away and 2-0 at home.
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Sheffield’s attack looks toothless. The Reds must cope with it even without Van Dyck. Moreover, with the Liverpool forwards , apart from Roberto Firmino, everything is in order now. Accordingly, the minimal victory of the “Reds” in an ineffective match looms here. This can only be changed by a random goal of the “blades”.
Our prediction – Liverpool win + total under 3.5 for 2.26 in BC Winline