On Sunday, October 18, Sheffield United will try to get the first points in the new championship: the “blades” will take on Fulham at home – we offer our forecast for this match.
After a great performance in the Premier League last season, at the start of the new championship, “blades” unexpectedly found themselves in the top three outsiders. Sheffield have lost all four matches in which they have scored only one goal. If the team’s defense somehow tries to stay at the same level, then in the attack the “blades” are completely calm. To resolve this situation, the young striker Rian Brewster was bought from Liverpool.
Chris Wilder’s wards were losing in the new championship to far from the strongest clubs. Shyu lost to Wolverhampton (0: 2), Aston Villa (0: 1), Leeds (0: 1) and Arsenal (1: 2). Burnley knocked out the Blades League Cup on penalties.
Considering last season, Sheffield’s statistical picture is bleak. The Blades have lost seven league games in a row, which has not happened to them since 1976. Shyu’s losing streak at home is equal to three matches in which the club failed to score a single goal.
The team also has four players in the infirmary, although last season it was empty. Main forward Lys Mousse, Jack O’Connell, John Fleck and David McGoldrick are not available to Chris Wilder. The involvement of Oliver Burke and John Egan is questionable. Considering that ShY played almost the entire last season with one squad, the team’s disgusting results at the start seem to be partly understandable.
Fulham in all respects looks like the weakest team in the league. Accordingly, “summer residents” and occupy the last line in the Premier League. A vague transfer policy and a lack of understanding of exactly how the team will stay in the Premier League have led to the fact that Fulham’s 20th place odds at the end of the season are only 2.20.
In the first four rounds, Fulham lost to Arsenal (0: 3), Leeds (3: 4), Aston Villa (0: 3) and Wolverhampton (0: 1). The “summer residents” won only in the League Cup. Fulham defeated Ipswich (1: 0), Sheffield Wednesday (2: 0) there, after which they were eliminated from Brentford (0: 3). One gets the impression that Scott Parker’s team itself did not expect to enter the Premier League, and now does not know what to do with it.
Note that away from Fulham showed good results before entering the Premier League. “Summer residents” have lost only one of ten past away matches in the Championship. However, Parker’s wards are approaching the duel with Sheffield with a streak of three consecutive away defeats in all tournaments.
Fulham’s squad is fine. The only questionable is the participation of Mario Lemina and Kenny Tete.
Sheffield’s losing streak in the Premier League has reached seven matches.
The Blades have scored only in two of these seven matches.
Total under 2.5 has played in seven of Sheffield’s last ten Premier League games.
Fulham’s losing streak has reached four Premier League games this season.
The bet “total under 2.5” was played in six out of ten previous official away matches of the “summer residents”.
Sheffield have not been able to beat Fulham for five straight matches. In the 2017/18 season, the summer residents beat the Blades 5: 4 and 3: 0.
03/06/18 Fulham Sheffield United thirty
11/21/17 Sheffield United Fulham 4: 5
Fulham didn’t look so bad in the match against Wolverhampton, so the summer residents will definitely give the fight to Sheffield. Another thing is that you cannot lose to Chris Wilder’s team either. A real battle awaits at Bramall Lane. The home team should be the winner, simply because their defense is much better than Fulham’s. Despite four defeats in a row, fewer “blades” in the Premier League conceded only six clubs. And only West Brom have conceded more than Fulham.