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Sheffield United vs Burnley Prediction: Team News and Lineups Preview

Sheffield United vs Burnley Prediction: Team News and Lineups Preview
MI News & Sport / Alamy Stock Photo: Burnley F.C manager Vincent Kompany at full time during the Premier League match between Burnley and Sheffield United

Scott Thornton brings us his Sheffield United vs Burnley prediction, team news, lineups and fixtures preview ahead of the next round of Premier League matches.

The league’s bottom two sides go toe-to-toe this weekend. Three points is a must if either wants to keep their slim chances of remaining in the top tier of English football alive. Burnley are ahead of Sheffield United in the table, but they are running out of time if avoiding Championship football next term is a reality.

bet365 acca odds: 7.50

Sheffield United vs Burnley Prediction 1: Kompany’s Men Can Claim Three Points

England, Premier League, Saturday, April 20th, 17:30 (UK)

Defeat for either of these slides would be nothing short of a disaster but a point also won’t suffice. Sheffield United trail Burnley by four points having played a game less. They haven’t tasted victory since beating Luton on the 10th of February and I’m backing them to lose once again.

Sheffield United have scored the fewest goals in the Premier League with an average of 0.94 per game. They have home advantage here but Bramall Lane hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the Blades this season. The have won just two of their 16 league matches in front of their own fans and lost 10 of those. United are conceding an average of 2.94 goals per game over that period.

The Clarets hammered the Blades when the sides met at Turf Moor earlier in the season. They had 64% possession and managed 19 shots in comparison to Sheffield United’s six shots. Vincent Kompany’s side were ruthless and won 5-0. A win here would give them some hope that they can survive the drop this season.

  • Sheffield United vs Burnley Prediction 1: Burnley To Win (TRACKED BET)
  • Best Odds: 2.75
  • Bookmaker: bet365
  • Stake: 6/10

Sheffield United vs Burnley Prediction 2: Defensive Frailties Mean Goals

This really is last chance saloon for Sheffield United so expect them to throw the kitchen sink at Burnley on Saturday. They may lack the quality to get the job done but expect them to get on the scoresheet. Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals looks like a good bet as a result.

The Blades are averaging just 1.04 goals per home match in the league this season but they have managed to score five goals across their last two matches at Bramall Lane. Sheffield United have conceded an average of three goals per game in their previous ten matches, with this bet winning in four of their last five.

Burnley have conceded the third most goals in England’s top flight with an average of 2.06 per game. Since Christmas Day, they haven’t kept a clean sheet in their 16 matches across all competitions. They are conceding 2,06 goals per game during that run. Both teams have scored in five of their last six and those matches have seen 2.67 goals on average.

  • Sheffield United vs Burnley Prediction 2: Both Teams To Score & Over 2.5 Goals 
  • Best Odds: 1.83
  • Bookmaker: bet365
  • Stake: 7/10

Sheffield United vs Burnley Prediction 3: Fofana to Find the Net

David Datro Fofana has been Burnley’s biggest goal threat since joining the club in the January transfer window. He has scored four goals for his new club but is likely to have more opportunities than usual as the Clarets take on the weakest defence in the Premier League.

Sheffield United have the highest xGA in the division, with an average of 1.95 per game. Jay Rodriquez and Zeki Amdouni started up front for Burnley in the reverse fixture. Both got their names on the scoresheet in that win. Expect Datro Fofana to do the same here.

Fofana has a non-penalty of 0.43 per 90 minutes played since joining Burnley. He is averaging 2.07 successful take-ons per 90 minutes played, which puts him in the top 5% in that regard when compared with all other forwards across Europe’s top five leagues. David’s ability to beat a man will come in handy against a side that has struggled to plug the gaps in their defence.

  • Sheffield United vs Burnley Prediction 3: David Datro Fofana To Score
  • Best Odds: 2.87
  • Bookmaker: bet365
  • Stake: 5/10

Sheffield United vs Burnley Prediction odds via bet365 as at 05:29, April 16th, 2024. Odds may now differ.

Sheffield United vs Burnley Prediction Team News and Possible Lineups: Depleted Blades Squad

Sheffield United will be missing several players for this clash. Tom Davies, George Baldock, Max Lowe, Norrington-Davies, Chris Basham and John Egan are all injured. Daniel Jebbison is due to return very soon. Jack Robinson is a doubt after sustaining an ankle injury but his participation cannot be ruled out.

Al-Dakhil could be in line for a return for Burnley this weekend. This game is likely to come too soon for Jordan Beyer and Luca Koleosho. Aaron Ramsey also remains sidelined with a cruciate ligament injury. He won’t return to the squad until next season.

Sheffield United possible starting lineup:
Grbic; Trusty, Ahmedhodzic, Holgate; Larouci, Ocborn, Arblaster, Hamer, Bogle; McBurnie, Brereton Diaz

Burnley possible starting lineup:
Muric; Assignon, Ekdal, Esteve, Vitinho; Foster, Cullen, Berge, Larsen; Odobert, Datro Fofano

The Predicted Sheffield United vs Burnley Prediction Premier League Standings by BETSiE

Our in-house predictive model, BETSiE, has had a go at predicting the Premier League standings ahead of the Sheffield United vs Burnley, currently 20thvs 19th, fixture by utilising the underlying data from the 2023/24 season up until this point.

For more league-specific BETSiE content including standings, probabilities and predictions, visit her page here – it’s worth it.

Sheffield United vs Burnley Standings Prediction

Position Club Games W D L GF GA GD Points
1 Manchester City 38 26.0 8.1 3.9 90.0 37.6 52.4 86.2
2 Arsenal 38 26.3 6.1 5.6 88.3 30.3 58.0 84.9
3 Liverpool 38 25.0 9.0 4.0 87.6 38.1 49.5 84.1
4 Aston Villa 38 20.7 7.1 10.2 75.6 58.0 17.6 69.1
5 Tottenham 38 19.9 7.2 10.9 74.4 61.2 13.2 66.9
6 Newcastle 38 17.9 6.2 13.9 81.6 62.0 19.6 59.9
7 Manchester Utd 38 17.1 6.3 14.6 55.3 57.6 -2.3 57.6
8 Chelsea 38 15.8 9.4 12.9 72.9 64.1 8.8 56.7
9 West Ham 38 14.1 9.9 14.0 58.3 69.7 -11.5 52.1
10 Brighton 38 13.0 12.3 12.7 61.3 61.0 0.3 51.3
11 Bournemouth 38 13.4 10.3 14.3 56.2 66.0 -9.7 50.5
12 Wolverhampton 38 13.5 8.2 16.4 52.9 63.3 -10.4 48.5
13 Fulham 38 13.6 7.1 17.3 56.2 60.0 -3.8 47.9
14 Crystal Palace 38 10.3 10.5 17.2 45.8 62.4 -16.6 41.5
15 Brentford 38 9.8 9.1 19.1 54.7 66.5 -11.7 38.4
16 Everton 38 11.3 9.3 17.4 40.8 57.2 -16.4 37.2
17 Nottingham Forest 38 8.8 10.3 18.9 48.1 64.5 -16.4 32.6
18 Luton 38 7.6 8.1 22.2 53.8 79.2 -25.5 31.0
19 Burnley 38 5.4 9.2 23.5 39.1 76.7 -37.6 25.3
20 Sheffield Utd 38 4.6 8.4 25.0 37.1 94.5 -57.4 22.2

Match OPTA Stats: Away teams dominant amongst the newly-promoted

  • Sheffield United have lost just one of their last 20 home league games against Burnley (W14 D5), going down 3- 2 in December 2008. They’ve won both of their Premier League games against the Clarets at Bramall Lane. 
  • Burnley won 5-0 against Sheffield United in the reverse fixture in December. The most goals they’ve netted  against an opponent in a single campaign in the competition is seven (vs Bournemouth in 2018-19).  
  • Only one of the five Premier League games between two newly promoted teams this season have been won by the home team (D1 L3) but that occurred in the reverse fixture between Burnley and Sheffield United back in  December (5-0). 
  • Sheffield United have conceded 84 goals in their 32 Premier League games this season; it’s the most at this  stage of a top-flight campaign since Ipswich in 1963-64 (85), and the most the Blades have conceded overall in  a league campaign since 1954-55 (86 in 42 games). 
  • Since a 1-0 win against Brentford, Sheffield United are winless in seven home league games (D3 L4), conceding  at least twice in each match. Only twice has a team conceded 2+ goals in eight consecutive Premier League home games – Wolves in 2011-12 (11) and Norwich in 2019 (9). 
  • Burnley have dropped 24 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season, with only Brentford (30) losing more. Meanwhile, Sheffield United have also let 17 points slip when winning this term, only losing  more in 1993-94 (25). 

Sheffield United Fixtures: Blades Need Upsets

  • Vs Manchester United (A)
  • Vs Newcastle (A)
  • Vs Nottingham Forest (H)
  • Vs Everton (A)
  • Vs Tottenham  (H)

Burnley Fixtures: Clarets Want to Set Up Forest Showdown

  • Vs Manchester United (A)
  • Vs Newcastle (H)
  • Vs Tottenham (A)
  • Vs Nottingham Forest (H)

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