Sheffield Utd – Everton Predictions
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Sheffield Utd 2-2 Everton
Date: 02.09.2023 | Match at: 12:30 | League: ENGLAND: PREMIER LEAGUE – ROUND 4 | Tip: Over 1.5 Goals | Odds: 1.38 | Bookie: Unibet.
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- Sheffield United are living up to their pre-season expectation as one of the favourites to face relegation this season after three defeats from their opening three Premier League (PL) games, which is a streak they had suffered just twice in the top flight previously (1966/67 and 2020/21). They should, however, take heart from their slender 2-1 home loss to champions Manchester City last weekend, where they conceded the winner very late on.
- Manager Paul Heckingbottom claimed post-match that it was a performance they can build upon, yet there’s no denying the Blades rode their luck at times after facing a total of 30 attempts – the highest any side has faced in a single PL game this season after the previous round. That contributed to them having the highest average number of shots conceded in the division after three rounds (23 per 90 minutes) while they in return generated the lowest average in terms of attempts at the other end during that same period (seven).
- With that in mind, the home side might view Everton as welcome opponents given the Toffees are one of just two sides (along with League One’s Cheltenham) across the English football pyramid yet to score a league goal heading into the weekend. The Merseysiders have failed to score in 17 PL games since the start of last season; only Bournemouth have failed to hit the back of the net on more occasions (19).
- Like the hosts, Everton have lost their opening three league matches, but there’s a sense that they aren’t too far away from where they need to be based on those performances. They did generate 15 shots against Wolves while conceding the decisive goal from the away side’s first shot on target in the 87th minute. But even so, their current winless stretch of six away PL games against newly-promoted sides should concern travelling Toffees fans (D3 L3).
- Players to watch: New forward Cameron Archer could be in line for his Sheffield United league debut here, making him the only player to have faced the same opponent in successive PL appearances this season after coming off the bench against Everton for Aston Villa two weeks ago. Everton could have their own league debutant in attack following the arrival of Beto from Udinese this week, and he has already scored this season in the Coppa Italia and in their 2-1 midweek EFL Cup win against Doncaster.
- Hot streak: The away side of the day has won each of the last four H2Hs ‘to nil’.