The Eagles Pace And Trickery Key To Keeping Home Crowd Quiet

With opening weekend out of the way, Palace head off on their first away trip of the season and it is a welcome visit to Sheffield to take on the newly promoted Blades.

DATE

18th August 2019

KICK OFF

2pm

VENUE

Bramall Lane, Sheffield S2 4SU

LAST SEASON

Sheffield United were busy plotting their promotion from the Championship last season, and it is has been quite some time since the two sides last faced each other. You have to go all the way back to February 2011 for the last meeting when the Blades made the trip to South London for the Championship game. Palace ran out 1-0 winners courtesy of a Darren Ambrose goal in the 69th minute.

OFFICIALS

David Coote takes charge of the match and his assistants will be Daniel Cook and Harry Lennard. The fourth official will be John Brooks. The VAR will be Martin Atkinson who will be assisted by Stephen Child.

INJURIES

No injury concerns for the hosts but Palace will miss Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins.

SUSPENSIONS

None

DISCIPLINE

1 booking – John Fleck, Max Meyer, Luka Milivojevic

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 19/02/2011 Crystal Palace 1-0 Sheffield United
  • 20/11/2010 Sheffield United 3-2 Crystal Palace
  • 06/03/2010 Crystal Palace 1-0 Sheffield United
  • 12/12/2009 Sheffield United 2-0 Crystal Palace
  • 03/05/2009 Crystal Palace 0-0 Sheffield United

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 10/08/2019 Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton
  • 03/08/2019 Crystal Palace 0-4 Hertha Berlin
  • 30/07/2019 AFC Wimbledon 2-2 Crystal Palace
  • 27/07/2019 Bristol City 0-5 Crystal Palace
  • 20/07/2019 Bromley 1-0 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for United;

  • 10/08/2019 Bournemouth 1-1 Sheffield United
  • 03/08/2019 Reims 3-1 Sheffield United
  • 30/07/2019 Sheffield United 3-0 Matlock Town
  • 27/07/2019 Barnsley 1-4 Sheffield United
  • 23/07/2019 Chesterfield 0-5 Sheffield United

RECORD AGAINST UNITED

  • Played 53
  • Won 21
  • Drawn 12
  • Lost 20

FORM PLAYERS

Top two rated players from each team so far this season according to Who Scored;

  • James McArthur 7.57
  • Patrick van Aanholt 7.24
  • John Egan 7.20
  • Oliver Norwood 6.97

ONE TO WATCH

OLIVER NORWOOD

Former clubs – Manchester United, Carlisle United (loan), Scunthorpe United (loan), Coventry City (loan), Huddersfield Town, Reading, Brighton & Hove Albion, Fulham (loan)

You cannot claim that the 28-year-old has had it easy in his career to reach the top division but he has finally made it with Sheffield United. His 9th club has given him a shot at the big time after making his loan spell with them from Brighton last season permanent. Even though he started his career at Manchester United, he never made a first team appearance.

The midfielder has represented England at under 16 and 17 levels but has gone on to make over fifty international appearances for Northern Ireland.

KEY CLASH

CHRISTIAN BENTEKE v JOHN EGAN

Much will depend on how much of a problem Benteke will be while up against the Sheffield United defence. They performed well down at Bournemouth on opening weekend with former Gillingham and Brentfoed defender Egan shining in particular. Palace’s Belgian striker will be keen to get himself on the scoresheet but he needs to play through the middle rather than going to find the ball from wide areas like last weekend.

We know the Eagles perform better away from home and this game is likely to be no different, and Benteke has contributed in a few of those in recent seasons.

PRE-GAME STATS

  • Palace have won 5 of their last 6 away matches in the Premier League.
  • Sheffield United have never won a Premier League game on a Sunday.
  • It is now 5 Premier League matches unbeaten for the Eagles.
  • Only Manchester City (24) have scored more goals in 2019 than Palace (20).
  • Palace have won with a one goal margin in their last three away matches.

PREDICTION

Both sides are looking for their first Premier League win of the season and it will be a tight battle between two sides facing each other for the first time in eight years.

Chris Wilder will be looking forward to the challenge of pitting his wits against the experience of Roy Hodgson in the opposition dugout. The Palace boss will have a few decisions to make with Jeffrey Schlupp available for selection while Wilfried Zaha will be pushing for a start. Having said that, Christian Benteke, Max Meyer and Jordan Ayew all linked up well in the home draw against Everton last weekend.

The home crowd will be voiciferous for the first home game in the top flight for a number of years which the Eagles will have to deal with but the visitors pace and trickery could be too much for the Blades.

Final Score: United 1-2 Palace (Sharp, Ayew, Zaha)

OPPOSITION VIEW

In the week leading up to the trip to Sheffield, TEB had a chat with the guys at the excellent Blades Pod. Find out what they told us about their exciting promotion season, thoughts ahead of this campaign and much more.

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 6/4
  • Draw – 21/10
  • Away – 15/8
  • Both teams to score – 9/10

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