This weekend presents a spectacle as already relegated Sheffield United clutch on straws to drag Crystal Palace in the mud. The match schedules for Saturday at Bramall Lane, with kickoff at 5 pm.
The Blades enter the match on the back of another disappointing 4-0 loss to Tottenham last weekend. Similarly, Crystal Palace comes off a 2-1 loss to league leaders Manchester City.
The Blades spent a majority of the season at the bottom of the Premier League table. It is fate that saw Chris Wilder see the door at the helm. However, it was not enough to salvage a terrible season. Instead, it marks the lowest point accumulation of points in the Premier League history.
Their relegation became official back in April following their 1-0 loss to Wolves. But, oddly, it seemed the news renew pressure from the camp following their display against Brighton the following weekend.
It is a hard task for Paul Heckingbottom. He took charge with 27 losses out of 34 league matches in the top flight. Additionally, the Blades have the worst attacking record in league with only 18 goals.
In contrast, the Eagles have not had a merciful run of fixtures in the last few weeks, though. Their last two defeats came from a rejuvenated Chelsea side and Leicester City. So even though they remain safe from relegation, a decent finish remains a goal.
Sheffield United vs. Crystal Palace Head to Head
Both sides have 11 games against each other, with Sheffield taking four wins while Crystal Palace with five wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
- Tottenham 4-0 Sheffield
- Sheffield 1-0 Brighton
- Wolves 1-0 Sheffield
- Sheffield 0-3 Arsenal
- Leeds 2-1 Sheffield
- Crystal Palace 0-2 Man City
- Leicester 2-1 Crystal Palace
- Crystal Palace 1-4 Chelsea
- Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace
- Crystal Palace 1-0 West Brom
Sheffield United Team News
Injury woes for Paul Heckingbottom reduced, especially with the return of center-back Chris Basham. Additionally, Sander Berge returned to field action after missing out with a hamstring injury in December.
Crystal Palace Team News
Defensive reinforcements are giving Roy Hodgson a nightmare with Mamadou Sakho, James Tomkins, and Nathan Ferguson sidelined. Fortunately, Gary Cahill featured from the bench the last outing and remained in contention to start. Other absentees ahead of the clash include James McCarthur and Connor Wickman.
Prediction and Odds
Goal scoring remains a significant hassle for the home side given their current woes; thus Eagles can take an edge.
- Crystal Palace Win
- Goals Under 2.5
- No Score: Home