Sheffield United vs BrentfordEnglish Premier League, KO: 15:00 Dec 9, 2023, Bramall Lane
Sheffield United will be looking to spark their survival quest as they host Brentford in a Premier League fixture on Saturday. Although the Bees have been unconvincing on their travels this season, they should still have enough to get past Sheffield, who have been out of sorts so far.
There was no new manager for Sheffield United, who suffered a 2-0 defeat to Liverpool in Chris Wilder’s first match back at the helm. They had a few lively moments in the contest but were ultimately no match for the superior quality of the Reds.
The result means Sheffield United have only picked up just one win across all competitions this season. They have lost 13 of their 15 matches so far and remain rooted to the foot of the table, four points from safety.
There has also been very little home comfort for Sheffield United this season and Wilder will be keen to set that right on Saturday. They Blades have lost four of their last five matches at Bramall Lane with an 8-0 hammering by Newcastle United among their results in that run.
Brentford are also coming off a defeat as they were beaten 2-1 by Brighton last time out in the Premier League. They took the lead midway through the first half after Bryan Mbeumo fired in from the spot but were quickly pegged back by the Seagulls.
The result highlights Brentford’s erratic showings this season as they failed to build on a 3-1 win over Luton Town in their previous fixture. The Bees have now lost three of their last four matches and have slipped into the bottom half of the standings.
Brentford have already claimed comfortable victories over Burnley and Luton Town and will be targeting the trifecta of newly promoted teams. Thomas Frank’s men have picked up some key results on their travels so far, including a 2-0 victory at Chelsea and a 3-0 victory over Fulham.
How the bookies view it
Brentford have the upper hand among the bookies and are priced at 3/4 by Coral to claim the win. Sheffield United are considered outsiders with a home victory valued at 4/1 by Unibet while William Hill is offering odds of 3/1 for a draw.
Head to head
Sheffield United have a 6-3 advantage with six draws from 12 previous matches against Brentford. The Blades also picked up a 2-0 victory in the last meeting with Brentford back in 2019.
Players to watch
Cameron Archer often looks lively in attack for Sheffield United and will be the one to watch on Saturday. The forward has two goals this season and is priced at 10/3 by bet365 to get on the score sheet.
Bryan Mbeumo picked up an injury last timeout and looks set for a spell on the sidelines. Yoane Wissa will be the one to watch for Brentford in the attacker’s absence and is priced at 21/10 to add to his three Premier League goals this season.
Anything else catch the eye?
Sheffield United and Brentford have been unconvincing defensively this season and both teams could be backed to score at 4/5 with bet365. There were over 2.5 goals in Brentford’s previous fixture and a repeat is priced at 17/29 by bet365 while BetVictor is offering odds of 2/1 for over 3.5 goals.
Brentford have more attacking threats and could be priced to score in both halves at 7/4 with bet365.
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