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Sheffield United v West Ham
Sunday’s action kicks off at Bramall Lane, where a troubled Sheffield United welcome David Moyes’ West Ham. We are all over the action in England’s top-flight this weekend, as we always are here at Andy’s Bet Club, with Premier League bet builders, alongside Premier League accumulator tips across all the games this weekend.
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Sheffield United and West Ham return to Premier League action after some contrasting emotions following their recent cup ties. The Blades emerged victorious in an exciting 4-0 win to see them progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup, at League Two Gillingham, but the Hammers faced a disappointing defeat which saw them face another domestic cup early exit, at the hands of Championship Bristol City.
Sheffield United find themselves three points adrift at the bottom of the table and come into the weekend’s games 8 points from safety. Their league form certainly doesn’t look too inspiring, with the Yorkshire side having lost their last two league games and picking up just one point from their last four matches. But with their biggest win of the season last week, Chris Wilder will be hoping his boys feel fired up for this one.
West Ham were unable to avoid a shock FA Cup exit like their Sunday hosts and their recent cup performances have certainly tarnished their league form, with only 2 wins in their last 6 outings across all competitions. But the Hammers’ Premier League form has shown much greater promise, picking up seven points from a possible nine in which they have climbed into the top 6, closing the gap on fifth-placed Spurs. A surge of results for David Moyes’ side recently and they’ll be hoping to put their pitiful midweek performance behind them and get back to business where it matters.
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🥅 Goals stats: Blades gradual improvement could bear fruit
Sheffield United have been blunt in attack this season but they have netted in three of their last five league games, and they can breach a West Ham backline that have leaked their fair share of goals this season.
The Hammers have failed to keep their opponents out on 15 of their 20 league games this season. This includes conceding in 9 of their 10 trip away from their London headquarters – defensive issues are certainly weakening West Ham.
When looking at the stats, both teams have scored in 65% of West Ham’s Premier League outings this season, and with a handful of absences through injury and international duty, as well as a quick turnaround from playing on Tuesday night, Sheffield United will have a good chance of grabbing a goal here on Sunday. West Ham have scored in all but 3 of their league games this season so they should fancy themselves to get on the scoresheet too.
With both teams chasing the 3 points, for different reasons, a stalemate doesn’t seem fitting for this occasion, especially not a 1-1 draw. Over 2.5 goals selection has landed in 65% of West Ham’s fixtures and 60% of Sheffield United’s outings, so we have confidence in this market copping again with so much to play for at both ends of the table.
⚽ Both teams to score @ 1.80
⚽ Over 2.5 goals @ 2.00
🛑 Fouls stats: Alvarez always puts himself about
With some key midfield absences for West Ham coming into this one, Edson Alvarez is looking like a prime candidate to pick up at least one foul on Sunday. He averages 1.34 fouls per 90 and clocking up seven yellows in the process, one of which was picked up in the reverse fixture back in September.
Alvarez has picked up at least one foul in 4 of his last 5 outings for the Hammers and committed 2 fouls on 3 of those occasions – a very consistent fouler. He picked up 2 fouls and a booking in the reverse fixture and this encounter could shape up similarly.
Sheffield United’s fouls are spread out all over the squad, with lots of consistent foulers in their midfield and defence, which has highlighted good value in the fouls markets. The Blades are committing an average of 12.1 fouls per 90 this season and face a West Ham side that draw an average of 10 fouls per game.
Chris Wilder’s men have picked up at least 12 fouls in 6 of their last 7 Premier League outings, three of which were played at Bramall Lane in which they made 13 fouls on each occasion. Despite this consistency over recent weeks, 12 Sheff U fouls is priced at evens. That bet has landed in 13 of their 20 league games this season with the majority of the matches that saw under 12 fouls coming at the start of the season.
⚽ Edson Alvarez to commit 2+ fouls @ 2.20
⚽ Sheffield United to commit 12+ fouls @ 2.0
⚽ Sheffield United to commit 13+ fouls @ 2.63
🟨 Cards stats: A busy afternoon for the referee
Both of these sides have shown their tendency to pick up bookings this season, but Sheffield United have established themselves as the second-worst disciplined team in the league, accumulating 65 yellows so far.
The Blades are racking up an impressive average of 3.25 bookings per 90, and up against a West Ham side stacked with very capable foul-drawing players, this match could be set with many traps for Chris Wilder’s men.
Blades have received at least 3 bookings in 4 of their last 5 Premier League outings with the only exception being their 2-0 defeat to Man City.
⚽ Over 3.5 cards @ 1.50
⚽ Over 2.5 Sheffield United cards @ 2.30
⚽ Sheffield United to receive the most cards @ 2.0
* I recommend waiting for confirmed team line-ups before placing any bets.
* All odds displayed correct at the time of publishing.
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