Blackpool vs Sheffield United Match Analysis & Prediction
29/12/2022 11:15 pm
Two sides in contrasting runs of form with go head to head at Bloomfield Road on Thursday, as Sheffield United make a trip to face Blackpool.
While the hosts have not managed a victory in their last seven matches and find themselves in the relegation zone, the visitors sit eight points clear of third-placed Blackburn Rovers in the Championship standings.
Blackpool’s poor run dates back to late October, as a win away at Coventry City was followed by four consecutive defeats heading into the World Cup break, with Michael Appleton’s side losing to West Bromwich Albion, Luton Town, Middlesbrough and Wigan Athletic to sit 22 points from 21 matches.
On their return to action, Blackpool have been unable to claim a seventh Championship win of the season, firstly playing out a goalless draw with Birmingham City before drawing 1-1 away at Cardiff City through Gary Madine’s second-half equaliser.
Appleton’s side would then travel to take on Hull City on Boxing Day with the game finishing level, and they now remain two points adrift of safety and find themselves desperate to end a seven-game winless streak.
Sheffield United travel looking to extend an impressive run of form in their third bid for automatic promotion, having enjoyed a perfect record since the return from the World Cup break.
United were already in a strong position going into the break, as a victory away at Cardiff City left them in second place with 38 points from 21 matches, and they have returned to action with three more wins from their three games in December.
They firstly claimed a 1-0 victory through Billy Sharps’ first half gola before beating Wigan Athletic 2-1, and would the go on to take on Coventry City on Boxing Day.
James McAtte, Ciaran Clark and Tommy Doyle put them three goals ahead before Viktor Gyokeres pulled one back with 15 minutes to go, but the Blades stood strong to pick up all three points to sit eight points clear of third-placed Blackburn Rovers.
Blackpool vs. Sheffield United Head to head
These two teams have previously met on 42 occasions across all competitions, where Blackpool have claimed 12 victories while Sheffield United have won 17, and they have drawn in 13. Sheffield have scored 71 goals and conceded 60 in the process.
22/08/2015Sheffield United2Blackpool0League One
26/01/2016Blackpool0Sheffield United0League One
Blackpool Team News
Blackpool’s Jordan Gabriel, Kevin Stewart, Lewis Fiorini, Keshi Anderson, Liam Bridcutt and Theo Corbeanu are all expected to sit out through injuries.
Kenny Dougall is likely to come in from the start after Jake Beesley and Ian Poveda were both deployed to support the front two last time out, while Jordan Thorniley is suspended.
Blackpool's Last 5 Matches
Sheffield United Team News
Sheffield United will travel to Bloomfield Road without centre-back John Egan, who is also suspended after being sent off in their victory over Coventry City.
In the absence of defenders Jack Robinson, Jack O’Connell and Rhys Norrington-Davies, Chris Basham will come in from the start to join Ciaran Clark and Anel Ahmedhodzic in a back three.
Sheffield United's Last 5 Matches
08/11/2022Sheffield United0Rotherham United1Championship
12/11/2022Cardiff City0Sheffield United1Championship
10/12/2022Sheffield United1Huddersfield Town0Championship
19/12/2022Wigan Athletic1Sheffield United2Championship
26/12/2022Sheffield United3Coventry City1Championship
Blackpool vs. Sheffield United: Odds and Predictions
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