Sheffield United hosts Newcastle United in round 15 of the English Premier League. The match will be played on Thursday, December 5th at Bramall Lane (Sheffield)
The club with the lowest total transfer value of players in the Premier League continues to perform in the first leg adequately. Above all, Sheffield works great in defense. Yes, the Blades conceded three goals in the last home game but from Manchester United. In fact, only Leicester, Chelsea, and Manchester United, that is, the grandees of English football scored more than one goal against Sheffield. As for the remaining 11 Premier League rounds, Wilder's team conceded only six goals. The Blades kept a clean sheet in five matches of the Premier League.
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After Benitez left, there were no significant changes in Newcastle. Bruce continues to use the experience of the former Magpies’ coach, choosing the scheme with five defenders. It allows the team to keep its head above water. Actually, the constant pus at its penalty area allowed Newcastle to concede just nine goals in the last seven Premier League rounds. More recently, the Magpies showed a great game in defense, playing against the champions of England. Bruce's men conceded just two goals in the confrontation with the most successful Premier League team, and Man City scored the second goal only in the 82nd minute.
Newcastle is not shy to play with five defenders, and if necessary, it defends in two lines, leaving only Joelinton at the helm. Sheffield withstood the onslaught of Liverpool and kept a clean sheet at home with Arsenal. That is, both teams can play in the defense reliably, so I do not expect an abundance of goals in the upcoming head-to-head meeting. Moreover, both teams are not even in the top 10 most scoring clubs of the Premier League. Newcastle scored only 13 goals in 14 rounds (this fixture is even worse than that of Watford). Moreover, the Magpies arranged goal extravaganza only in the away match with West Ham, who was experiencing big problems in the defense at that time. In the remaining six away games, Bruce's team scored only three goals and failed to score even in Birmingham. Sheffield scored more than one goal in only 4 out of 14 matches in the current Premier League. In the remaining 10 matches, the Blades scored only seven goals, in total. Therefore, it is not surprising that with such reliable defense and low productivity, Sheffield is the most non-scoring team in the Premier League. Exactly the Blades played the most matches with Under 2.5 goals scored (10 out of 14 games). Newcastle also played more games with such an outcome (8 of 14 in the Premier League). And teams are unlikely to improve these indicators in the upcoming match.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 goals scored