Sheffield United vs West Bromwich Albion: Predictions, Betting Tips & Odds
A huge game at the top of the table as Brammall lane hosts two sides looking to stay in touch with Norwich and Leeds.
One season after coming back up to the Championship Sheffield United have carried on their fine run of form and are now looking to compete with the very best in the division. The scoreless draw against city rivals Wednesday was probably a disappointment to many at the club but they have been in the play off picture since the start of September and will fear no one at Brammall Lane.
After the woeful displays that condemned West Brom to relegation last season, the football this year has been much more agreeable for the Baggies and their recent performances have been very impressive – especially the 4-1 mauling of Leeds United. Jay Rodriguez’s late goal gave them a point against Aston Villa and they will be confident of getting at least a similar result against the Blades.
After topping the table briefly at the start of October Sheffield United have hit a relatively sticky patch and have dropped points to a number of promotion rivals such as Derby County and Nottingham Forest. But Chris Wilder’s men will be well up for this one and with the veteran Billy Sharp still knocking in the goals this could be a real cracker.
West Brom have now drawn their last two games but have not lost since they went down to Hull City at the start of November. Sports betting sites sometimes find the Championship a tough league to call because of the parity of the clubs so games such as this can offer some real value. With so much on the line this could end in a 1-1 draw.
- The draw
Both clubs have recorded some excellent results this season but with Christmas coming up they will want to keep in touch with the top two and a draw seems a likely result.
- Total goals at under 2.5
It is tempting with the firepower on display to go for goals in this fixture but the pressure may well get to both sides, resulting in a low scoring game.
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Head to Head
Historically this fixture is incredibly even with Sheffield United winning 41 times to West Brom’s 43. The last game at Brammall Lane in 2009 ended in a 2-2 draw.
- Sheffield United have the second oldest side in the division with an average age of just over 27. Only Bolton Wanderers are older.
- West Brom have scored more goals in the Championship than any other side this season – and 10 more than Sheffield United.
- Sheffield United last played in the Premier League in 2007 – although they did lose in the 2009 Championship play off final to Burnley.
- Billy Sharp may have scored 11 goals for Sheffield United this season but West Brom are spreading their huge haul of goals among the team – both Jay Rodriguez and Dwight Gayle have 10.