Blades Pose Tricky Challenge For Visiting Eagles

Relegated Sheffield United will be keen to end their season on a high in order to add as many points to the tally as possible and will be a difficult proposition for a Palace side looking to end their run of three consecutive losses.

DATE

7th May 2021

KICK OFF

3pm

VENUE

Bramall Lane, Highfield, Sheffield S2 4SU

LAST TIME

Newly promoted Sheffield United entertained Palace early in the 2019/20 season in their first visit to Bramall Lane for almost nine years. A disappointing performance from the visitors ended in defeat courtesy of a 47th minute strike from John Lundstram.

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – John Lundstram (8.1)

OFFICIALS

Referee: Simon Hooper. Assistants: Eddie Smart, Derek Eaton. Fourth official: Lee Mason. VAR: Robert Jones. Assistant VAR: Matthew Wilkes.

TEAM NEWS

PALACE – Mamadou Sakho, Wayne Hennessey and Nathan Ferguson all miss out while James Tomkins, Connor Wickham and James McArthur are doubtful.

BLADES – Jack O’Connell, Billy Sharp, Oliver McBurnie and Jack Robinson while Ethan Ampadu is doubtful.

DISCIPLINARY

RED CARDS – Christian Benteke, Luka Milivojevic, John Egan, John Lundstram, Phil Jagielka

YELLOW CARDS (5+) – Luka Milivojevic (8), John Lundstram (8), John Egan (7), David McGoldrick (7), Enda Stevens (5), George Baldock (5)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 02/01/2021 Crystal Palace 2-0 Sheffield United
  • 01/02/2020 Crystal Palace 0-1 Sheffield United
  • 18/08/2019 Sheffield United 1-0 Crystal Palace
  • 19/02/2011 Crystal Palace 1-0 Sheffield United
  • 20/11/2010 Sheffield United 3-2 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 01/05/2021 Crystal Palace 0-2 Manchester City
  • 26/04/2021 Leicester City 2-1 Crystal Palace
  • 10/04/2021 Crystal Palace 1-4 Chelsea
  • 05/04/2021 Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace
  • 13/03/2021 Crystal Palace 1-0 West Bromwich Albion

Last FIVE results for United;

  • 02/05/2021 Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Sheffield United
  • 24/04/2021 Sheffield United 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
  • 17/04/2021 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Sheffield United
  • 11/04/2021 Sheffield United 0-3 Arsenal
  • 03/04/2021 Leeds United 2-1 Sheffield United

RECORD AGAINST THE BLADES

  • Played 56
  • Won 22
  • Drawn 12
  • Lost 22

FORM PLAYERS ACCORDING TO WHO SCORED

  • Christian Benteke 6.90
  • Wilfried Zaha 6.88
  • Ethan Ampadu 6.70
  • Chris Basham 6.70

ONE TO WATCH

DAVID MCGOLDRICK

FORMER CLUBS – Notts County, Southampton, AFC Bournemouth, Port Vale, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday, Coventry City, Ipswich Town

The 33-year-old striker has taken the long route to the Premier League and deserved his shot at the top division after finding a club to settle down with. It took a one week trial to secure a contract with the Blades in July 2018 after impressing Chris Wilder.

KEY CLASH

WILFRIED ZAHA v JAYDEN BOGLE

We are due a performance from Wilf and this is the perfect game for him to do so, particularly after the two clashed in the game at Selhurst which makes this likely to be the most intriguing match-up of the afternoon.

PRE-MATCH FACTS

  • In the 56 games between the two, they are tied with 22 wins each
  • There has not been a draw in their last 7 meetings with each other
  • Palace have not won at Bramall Lane in their last three attempts

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – Wilfried Zaha (10 – 12th in PL)
  • ASSISTS – Eberechi Eze/ Andros Townsend (4)
  • PASSES – Luka Milivojevic (1214)
  • TACKLES – Andros Townsend (65)
  • TOUCHES – Luka Milivojevic (1562)
  • SHOTS – Christian Benteke (52)

PREDICTION

A win for the Eagles should mathematically seal safety so that should be just the impetus they need going into this game, but with the hosts having nothing to play for they can play with some freedom.

FINAL SCORE: 2-1 to Palace

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 19/10
  • Draw – 21/10
  • Away – 29/20
  • Both teams to score – 17/20

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