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Sheffield United vs West Ham United Prediction & Betting Tips


Sheffield United vs West Ham United Betting Tips, Prediction & Match Preview

Sheffield United host West Ham in what is an important game at both ends of the table. The hosts sit bottom of the table and are hoping to gain ground on those above them, whilst the Hammers are looking to cut the gap to the top four.

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  • Date: 21/01/24
  • Kick-off time: 14:00
  • Location: Bramall Lan

Sheffield United are rooted to the bottom of the table and are seven points adrift from safety. Barring a surprise and sudden upturn in form, it looks like they will be making an immediate return to the Championship. As a result of their dreadful form, United became the first team to change managers, sacking Paul Heckingbottom in favour of former Blade Chris Wilder. However, if they win this game, it could be the spark they need to kick-start their season. A victory would put them level on points with Burnley, but still four away from Everton in 17th. Lose, and things start to look very bleak.

David Moyes led his team to Europa Conference League success last season, and has got them off to a much better start in the league than he did last year. The Hammers currently sit in sixth, occupying a European place. A win this weekend could put them three points behind Arsenal, who are fourth.

The Blades have won just two games all season, but they have both come at home. They have struggled on both ends of the pitch, scoring just 15 goals and conceding 49, and they are the worst in the league in both statistics. Cameron Archer and Oli McBurnie are their top scorers with three goals each, and Gustavo Hamer is the only other player with multiple strikes. Their 49 goals conceded is seven worse than Burnley, who have conceded the second most in the division.

Wilder’s men have been on the end of some heavy losses this season, although they were all under his predecessor Heckingbottom. Most notably was their 8-0 home defeat to Newcastle, in late September. They have also been on the end of 5-0 defeats at both Arsenal and Burnley.

West Ham, in contrast, are enjoying an excellent campaign so far, led by Jarrod Bowen. His 11 Premier League goals is the fifth most of any player, and he is just three shy of Erling Haaland, who tops the charts. As a team, the Hammers have scored 33 goals and conceded 30 with 10 victories.

This will be the 93rd meeting between the two sides, with Sheffield United edging it, having come out on top on 38 occasions. The reverse fixture at the London Stadium ended in victory for West Ham, with goals from Bowen and Soucek securing the three points. West Ham have won the last three meetings with a combined score of 6-0.

Sheffield United vs West Ham Team News

Sheffield United Team News

Chris Wilder will be hoping to welcome back three players for this weekend’s game. George Baldock, Auston Trusty and Anel Ahmedhodzic missed the clash with Gillingham but should all return to face West Ham. Aside from the long-term absentees, Sheffield United have no fresh injury concerns.

West Ham United Team News

Nayef Aguerd and Mohammed Kudus are away at the Africa Cup of Nations, though the latter is currently dealing with a thigh injury. Whilst Kudus’ departure will be largely felt, perhaps the biggest blow will be the potential absence of Jarrod Bowen, who is a doubt to face Sheffield United with an ankle injury. Said Benrahma was sent off in midweek in retaliation to a heavy tackle from Bristol City's Joe Williams and will subsequently miss this match due to suspension.

Form Guide

Sheffield United

In their last five games, Sheffield United have won once, drawn once and lost three. Their sole victory came in their latest outing as they thrashed League Two side Gillingham in the third round of the FA Cup. Braces from both William Osula and James McAtee ensured they advanced.

However, their league form has left a lot to be desired. Under new manager Chris Wilder, they have picked up four points in six games, though two of those fixtures came away at Chelsea and Man City, and another at home to Liverpool. Their 2-0 defeat at the Etihad followed a 3-2 loss at home to Luton, in what was a crucial matchup at the bottom of the table. They surrendered a 2-1 lead with 20 minutes to go to leave them languishing in last place.

They can take positives from the game previous at Aston Villa, as they became the first team to pick up a point at Villa Park. Despite being dominated throughout, they took the lead in the 87th minute through Cameron Archer, but heartbreakingly conceded an equaliser in the seventh minute of stoppage time to Nicolo Zaniolo, meaning they ultimately dropped two points.

West Ham

In their last six games, West Ham have won twice, drawn twice and lost twice. The first of their two defeats came at Anfield in mid-December as Liverpool knocked them out of the League Cup with a 5-1 win. They were held to a 1-1 draw against lower league Bristol City in the third round of the FA Cup, however, they suffered a 1-0 defeat at Ashton Gate as Tommy Conway struck the only goal of the game in the third-minute, meaning that he has scored in back-to-back games against the Hammers. During this match, Said Benrahma saw red for kicking out at Joe Williams.

Their most recent league game was at home to Brighton, in which they played out a goalless draw. Prior to that game, they put together two excellent results, beating both Arsenal at the Emirates and Manchester United at the London Stadium 2-0. Goals from Tomas Soucek and ex-Gunner Konstantinos Mavropanos secured victory against their London rivals, whilst Jarrod Bowen and Mohammed Kudus helped them put aside United.

Footy Accumulators prediction

Sheffield United have found wins hard to come by, recording just two all season. West Ham have won five of their ten games away from home and will be considered favourites in this fixture. Led by Jarrod Bowen, the Hammers should have too much for the struggling Blades: Sheffield United 1-2 West Ham

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Sheffield United vs West Ham will be available to watch on Sky Sports Main Event.

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