Sheffield United vs Fulham
English Premier League
Date: Sunday, 18 October 2020
Kick-off at 12:00 UK/ 13:00 CET
Venue: Bramall Lane.
Both squads have yet to earn a single point this season, so this will be an opportunity for each side to walk away with something positive from this match. The Blades have struggled offensively, scoring just one goal on the trot. Fulham has struggled at the other end of pitch as well, allowing 11 goals in their first four matches.
Sheffield United fell just short of a Europa League spot last season and needs to rebound quickly if its going build on its successful 2019-20 campaign. Fulham is going to be in the relegation battle all season long, so getting a result is crucial for the Cottagers to avoid falling back in to the Championship.
Sheffield United vs Fulham: Head-to-head (h2h)
- The former three clashes in a row had three or more goals. In fact, these three fixtures had a combined 15 goals between them.
- The most recent encounter had ended in a 3-0 win for Scott Parker’s men.
- Since 1999, only once have the guests won at this stadium.
- The home team has a 100% winning record at this venue in PL encounters, and they had also scored two or more goals in all of these match-ups.
Sheffield United vs Fulham: Prediction
Both sides have had abysmal starts to their respected campaigns, neither able to amass even a single point. This may have been expected with newly-promoted Fulham, but it has come as a bit of a shock in regard to Sheffield United, who surprised many with their impressive first season back in the Premier League. Second-season syndrome perhaps? The bottom two clubs have in fact played the exact same teams so far and, although Fulham have managed to at least score three goals, compared to Sheff United’s one, Chris Wilders men have looked the superior side, losing by just a one-goal margin three out of the four games. Fulham, on the other hand, have conceded 11 goals already this season, averaging at 2.8 goals a game. With Fulham’s leaky defence and a potential debut for Sheffield’s record signing Rhian Brewster, a goal or two from the Blades is a real prospect, but don’t expect them to run riot. It could still be a close, yet low-scoring game, at under 2.5 goals scored.
Sheffield United vs Fulham: Team news
Predicted line-up (3-5-2): Ramsdale; Ampadu, Basham, Robinson; Baldock, Berge, Lundstram, Fleck, Stevens; Brewster, McBurnie
Unavailable: Moore (Injured), Mousset (Injured), O’Connell (Injured)
Questionable: Burke (Injured), McGoldrick (Injured), Fleck (Injured), Egan (Coronavirus)
Predicted line-up (5-4-1): Areola; Aina, Odoi, Hector, Ream, Bryan; Kamara, Zambo Anguissa, Cairney, Ivan Cavaleiro; Mitrovic
Unavailable: Tete (Injured), Anderson (Injured), Reed (Injured)