Preview - Sheffield United vs Crystal Palace 18 August 19

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Match Day 2
Sheffield United vs. Crystal Palace
Sunday, August 18th 2019
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Bramall Lane

Sheffield United: 
Last five matches form: W W W D D
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.70
Average goals against per match (18/19): 0.89
Top Scorer (18/19): Billy Sharp (23)

Crystal Palace:
Last five matches form: W D W W D
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.34
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.39
Top Scorer (18/19): Luka Milivojevic (12)

Sheffield United fans have waited a long time for this, but the anticipation is almost over as this coming Sunday sees the Blades host a Premier League fixture at Bramall Lane at long last. Roy Hodgson's Crystal Palace outfit provide the opposition on what promises to be a big afternoon in the steel city.

This will be the first meeting between these sides in a shade over eight years, with the most recent clashes coming in the Championship season of 2010/11. It was honours even that year - Sheffield United winning this game 3-2 and Palace coming out on top 1-0 in the reverse.

Both sides began the season in relatively solid fashion: Palace picking up a goalless draw at home to Everton; and Sheffield United equalising late to steal a point away at Bournemouth.

Sheffield United stuck to their attacking principles at the Vitality Stadium and are certainly unlikely to deviate too much from that now back in front of their own fans. Palace were pretty solid at the back last week though and are likely to prove a tough nut to crack.

As is so often the case with the Eagles, much depends on whether Wilfried Zaha starts in this one. With him in the side they are a legitimate threat every time they attack on the counter - without him, they can look toothless.

Sheffield United have scored two or more in seven of their last eight at home, and whilst this is a notch above the Championship, we wouldn't be surprised were they to do so again here. With Palace looking a bit short in the centre forward positions, that may be enough to see the home side pick up the points.

Prediction: Sheffield United 2 - 1 Crystal Palace


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots:  12 - 4
Shots on target: 4 - 4
Corner Kicks: 8 - 4
Possession: 45% - 55%

John Lundstram, George Baldock and Luke Freeman were all booked for the home side at Bramall Lane, with referee David Coote also taking the name of James McCarthy of Palace.

A successful afternoon for the Blades, with Chris Wilder's men picking up maximum points in their first game back in the Premier League in front of their own fans. And they deserved it too. Palace may have been ahead in the possession stats, but that was the only aspect of the game they edged, with the Sheffield United defence successfully nullifying a restored to the starting line-up Wilfried Zaha.

The first half was something of a none event from an attacking perspective in all honesty, with defences coming out very much on top. Sheffield United were occasionally looking dangerous down the right-hand side, whilst Palace were struggling to make any inroads no matter which angle they attacked from. No real surprise that it was goalless at the interval.

Sheffield United started on the front foot in the second half and it paid off, with the Blades taking the lead in the 47th minute. Nice break down the left this time, with Luke Freeman taking an excellent touch to burst into the area. His ball across goal didn't seem to pick out anyone in particular, but keeper Vicente Guaita could only palm it away into a dangerous area. John Lundstram was the man steaming in to finish high into the right-hand side from around eight yards out on the right. Lundstram doesn't score many, but he has now notched at least one in all four tiers of the English game.

As in their opener at home to Everton, Palace were seriously struggling from an attacking perspective and never really looked like getting back into this. 1-0 it finished.

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