It’s been a case of the haves and the have nots in the Premier League this week. While some teams have been slugging it out in near freezing conditions as they put the work in to try and earn three points this weekend, others have jetted to exotic locations all around the world to enjoy their winter break.
The players of Sheffield United and Bournemouth are very much in the former camp. The nearest they’ve had to the warm sun on their back is browsing through their Instagram feed.
Both teams will, however, have a week off after their match at Bramall Lane on Sunday afternoon. Which side will head off to the sun the happier though?
Blades to Bring the Cherries Back Down to Earth
It’s fair to say that there is more pressure on Bournemouth to get a positive result than Sheffield United. The Cherries managed to snap out of their funk with back-to-back wins over Brighton and Aston Villa, but they remain very much in the relegation battle.
Eddie Howe has been able to welcome back some key players from injury recently which has been a major boost. Bournemouth started brightly in both of their recent wins before digging deep to hold on for the three points and it’s that stomach for the fight that particularly impressed Howe.
Bournemouth will need to be both technically and mentally on it from the start at Bramall Lane if they are to get anything from Sunday’s match. Sheffield United have taken the Premier League by storm since winning promotion from the Championship and are pushing for a place in the European positions.
If Chris Wilder were to lead his boyhood club into Europe it would be a surprise to everybody but Sheffield United fans. They realised that Wilder was a special manager soon after he took over the club in League One.
Sheffield United go about things their own way which makes it tough for other managers to prepare their teams for a match against the Blades. Bournemouth may well have improved lately but they too will find the going tough at Bramall Lane so we recommend backing the home side to win at 8/11 with William Hill.
Chances to be at a Premium
Eddie Howe will leave his players in absolutely no doubt about the size of the task facing them on Sunday. His first task is to ensure that Bournemouth don’t lose which will necessitate taking fewer risks than they would usually.
Chris Wilder won’t mind a tight, tense start to the match. He backs his team to create the one chance they need to win a match and, having seen the way Bournemouth started against Aston Villa and Brighton, will believe that a slow start is only to his team’s benefit.
With a tight affair in the offing, consider backing the 0-0 half time score which is available at best betting odds of 13/8 with bet365.
Another way of profiting from a tight match is taking the 5/1 that Unibet are quoting on the Sheffield United 1-0 correct score.
If the Blades are to steal the game away from Bournemouth late on, Lys Mousset would love to be the man who grabs the goal. The France Under 21 international never really fit in at Bournemouth where he scored just five goals in 71 appearances in all competitions.
Mousset has looked a much better striker since his summer transfer to Sheffield United and is a good bet to score the game’s last goal at 16/5 with SportNation.
Sheffield United to win at 8/11 with William Hill
Sheffield United 1-0 Correct Score at 5/1 with Unibet
Lys Mousset to Score Last at 16/5 with SportNation
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