Sheffield United faces Southampton at Bramall Lane on September 14, 2019, in English Premier League action.
Sheffield United was founded in 1889 and have Bramall Lane as their home field since their inception. The club won the Football league in 1898 and they have won the FA Cup a total of four times in their history. However, since winning the last of their FA Cups in 1925, the Blades are in a drought as they have not won any major football prize.
Sheffield United fell to financial troubles during the 1990s and was relegated to the First League after the 2011 season. But then Saudi Prince Abdullah bin Musa’ed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud stepped in and bought 50% of the club in 2013 to give Sheffield United the financial backing to become competitive again. In 2018-19, they stayed in the Top 6 of the Championship all season long and booked a return to the Premier League after a 12-year absence.
Sheffield United ranks 7th in the EPL in Goal Difference. The club has scored a total of five goals this season, putting them at 10th in the rankings. They have conceded the same number of goals at five which gives them a tie for 7th place. Sheffield United is ranked 15th overall in assists with only two so far this season.
Callum Robinson, Oliver McBurnie and John Lundstram have found the back of the net early in the season and are in their goal-scoring form. Enda Stevens and George Baldock have the two assists for Sheffield. On the other end, Dean Henderson has conceded five goals in four matches with a total of nine saves on the season.
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Southampton Football Club is known as the Saints because of their history as a church football team. They were founded in 1885 and were among the founding members of the Premier League in 1992. The first decade in the top flight would be a struggle as the Saints were busy trying to stave off relegation.
After playing 27 years in the Premier League, the Saints were relegated in 2005 but they would return to the top flight after seven years and have stayed there ever since. 2018 was another rough year for them as they avoided regulation only during the final day of the season. Last season, they finished in 16th place under Ralph Hasanhuttl.
Southampton is a -3 in Goal Difference, putting them at 13th spot in that statistical category. The Saints have scored just four goals so far this term which is good for only 13th place and they have recorded a league 10th best three assists this season. On defense, the club has given up a total of six goals which puts them in a tie for 10th place.
Jannik Vestergaard, Danny Ings, and Nathan Redmond have scored one goal each for Southampton this season. Ings, Kevin Danso and Sofiane Boufal have provided the assists for the team. Meanwhile, Angus Gunn has recorded a total of 15 saves in four matches and has conceded six goals this season.
Sheffield United head to this matchup as the soccer betting favorites. Despite many people saying that they are going to be relegated this season, they have continued to put up a fight. A bright start has seen Sheffield earn a 1-2-1 SU record in their first four matches. Although they lost their last match to Leicester City at home, they are still doing better than what most of us have expected.
Meanwhile, Southampton is 1-1-2 SU on the season. and they have recovered from a poor 0-2 start. After scoring just one goal in their opening two matches and losing both games to Liverpool and Burnley, Southampton defeated Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 and posted a 1-1 draw against Manchester United in their most recent outing.
Head to head, Sheffield United has won four out of their 8 meetings. Southampton has three wins and the teams finished in a draw one time. Sheffield United has won the last two meetings between these clubs and they are the team that is playing better football overall this season. You can give Southampton the edge in recent form as Sheffield is coming off a defeat. But I think they’ve proven themselves early on and deserve this favorite tag. Prediction: Sheffield United