Matchday 6 of the 2023/24 Premier League campaign is rounded off at Bramall Lane on Sunday afternoon where Sheffield United will be aiming to record their first win of the season as they host Newcastle United.
Sheffield United come into this game sitting just above the relegation zone, having collected just one point from their opening five games in the Premier league. Despite being so early on in the campaign, the Blades look destined to be involved in a relegation battle.
Despite only gaining one point from their opening five games, Paul Heckingbottom’s side have given a good account of themselves in what has been a challenging set of fixtures. The Blades recorded narrow defeats at the hands of Crystal Palace, Manchester City and Nottingham forest before picking up a hard-fought point against Everton.
Last time out, Sheffield heart’s were broken in the most dramatic of circumstances and Tottenham completed a remarkable turnaround. Sheffield looked to be heading towards their first victory of the season as they headed into injury time with a 1-0 lead thanks to a Gustavo Hamer Strike.
However, Spurs levelled in the 98th minute through Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevski sent Tottenham Stadium into pandemonium as he scored a winner in the 100th minute. Toi make things worse for Sheffield, Oli McBurnie received a late red card and will miss this weekend’s outing.
Newcastle have had a mixed start to their Premier League campaign and currently find themselves in 12th place in the table, having amassed 6 points from their opening five league outings.
After recording an impressive 5-1 victory against Aston Villa in the opening game of the season, the Magpies recorded three successive defeats at the hands of Manchester City, Liverpool and Brighton, (an undeniably tough set of fixtures.)
Last time out, Newcastle picked up a well-earnt win as they defeated Brentford in a tight and cagey affair, where both teams struggled to create clear-cut chances. The only goal of the game came from the penalty spot, when Callum Wilson slotted his penalty into the bottom corner.
The Magpies featured in midweek European action as they began their Champions League campaign against AC Milan. The game was devoid of many chances and ended in a deadlock. Eddie Howe will gladly take a point from his first Champions League game however it is yet to be seen how midweek European football will impact Newcastle’s Premier League campaign.
Newcastle United have dominated this fixture’s recent history, having won six of their last seven encounters against Sheffield. Notably, Sheffield have struggled to score in this fixture, having netted just two goals in the past six meetings of these sides.
The last time that these two sides met came in the final game of the 2020/21 Premier League season at St.James's Park. The only goal in the game was scored by Joe Willock, who headed home a cross from Jacob Murphy in first-half stoppage time.
We are backing Newcastle to win 2-0 because of the clear disparity between these two sides. The recent history of this fixture suggests that the game may be a low scoring affair however we believe that Newcastle will have the upper hand in the game given the depth of their squad.