Impressive Sheffield United are currently unbeaten in five Premier League (PL) matches (W2, D3). Their success this season has been built on a strong and sturdy defense that has conceded one goal or less in each of their previous eight PL matches. In fact, only Leicester have conceded fewer PL goals than their tally of nine this campaign.
A key to Chris Wilder’s gameplan seems to be remaining risk-averse and robust in the opening stages. This would explain why they are yet to score or concede in the opening 15 minutes of any of their PL fixtures so far. They boast a similar defensive record, with zero PL goals conceded from the 76th minute till full-time in their matches too, yet they are noticeably more dangerous in attack, scoring 30.77% of their PL goals in this timeframe.
Manchester United have seen an upturn in their recent form, losing just one of their previous four PL matches (W2, D1, L1). It would seem a major factor to them avoiding defeat is netting the game’s first goal – they have done so on eight occasions (W4, D4) but have lost each of the other four PL games in which their opponents scored first.
The ‘Red Devils’ have won each of the previous seven competitive matches with Sheffield United. Each of the last four saw a goal inside the opening 15 minutes or the final 15 minutes (incl. injury time).
Players to watch: Sheffield United’s John Lundstram can boast three goals in his previous six PL home matches.
In blistering form, Marcus Rashford can boast nine goals in ten competitive matches – three of the last four came in the second half.
Stat attack: There have been under 2.5 goals in 75% of Sheffield Utd’s PL fixtures.
Sheffield United have conceded the first goal in 58.33% of their PL matches.
Manchester United have led at half-time in 66.67% of their PL matches.
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Referee: Marriner A. (Eng),
Venue: Bramall Lane (Sheffield)
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