Sheffield United hosts Newcastle in round 18 of the English Premier League. The match will be played on Tuesday, January 12th at Bramall Lane (Sheffield)
A year ago, Sheffield United almost claimed a place in the Champions League zone. And the newcomers completed the last championship in a quite worthy place, but only due to a powerful start. 2020 was unsuccessful for Chris Wilder's charges. In the new season, it became obvious that the team simply does not match the level of the Premier League. The Blades have only two draws with 15 defeats, and their goal difference is terrible. They scored only eight goals (four of them were scored by McGoldrick) and conceded 29 times. As many as 12 points separate Sheffield from the 17th place, and the team is the first candidate for relegation. It is noteworthy that the manager is not touched. Obviously, the bosses realize that no one will achieve better results.
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The Magpies became one of those clubs that requested (and received) postponement of matches due to the coronavirus outbreak. Steve Bruce is still sure that from a moral point of view, it was worth stopping the championship. But he also understands that it is simply necessary to continue the Premier League because of the financial aspect. His team has already overcome the outbreak, but it seems that it has not managed to fully cope with the consequences until January. Moreover, the winter madness just began, and the calendar was as tight as possible. Such circumstances led to negative results: only two draws (including, however, 0-0 with Liverpool) with three defeats. On January 3, Newcastle lost to Leicester at home (1-2), after which it is in 15th place with 19 points scored in 16 matches.
It is curious that experts consider Sheffield the favorite of this pair. But it is unlikely that Wilder's team is ready to gain the first victory in the championship. We think that Newcastle can earn points on the road.
Prediction for the match: Newcastle to win with +0.5 handicap