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Sheffield United vs Brighton: Predictions
Brighton have created a breathable seven-point cushion between themselves and the drop zone in recent weeks but Graham Potter will certainly not be resting on his laurels as we enter the Premier League home straight, and against already-relegated Sheffield United, this would have been earmarked as a ‘winnable’ game.
The Seagulls have navigated an ominous run of games against Man Utd, Everton and Chelsea with distinction over the past few weeks, collecting points against the Merseysiders and the capital club, but that hard work will count for little if they now come unstuck against a side playing for nothing other than pride.
The Blades looked destined to go down in autumn after a disastrous start to the campaign and that fateful predicament was made a reality earlier this month after Chris Wilder and later interim boss Paul Heckingbottom were unable to turn the tide and stop the rot.
Heckingbottom’s task now is to ensure Sheffield United bow out in style and don’t just go through the motions as we head towards the conclusion of this season. The temporary boss is yet to collect his first point as coach and will be looking to end a five-game losing run this weekend.
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Sheffield United vs Brighton: Match Stats
Sheffield United may be down but the South Yorkshire club are as industrious and hard working as they come, so don’t expect the Blades to just stop putting in the effort in the coming weeks. That means Brighton can expect a tough game, and enhances the importance of Yves Bissouma, Brighton’s all-action No. 6. The Mali international is both graceful in possession and tenacious off the ball, underpinned by his 85 tackles in the Premier League this season, a stat bettered only by Tottenham’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (88).
Sheffield United vs Brighton: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Sheffield United 0-2 Brighton
20 Dec 2020 – Brighton 1-1 Sheffield United – Premier League
22 Feb 2020 – Sheffield United 1-1 Brighton – Premier League
21 Dec 2019 – Brighton 0-1 Sheffield United – Premier League
21 Jan 2006 – Sheffield United 3-1 Brighton – Championship
13 Sep 2005 – Brighton 0-1 Sheffield United – Championship
Despite Sheffield United being reduced to 10 men in the first half at the Amex back in December after John Lundstram saw red, Wilder’s men rallied and broke the deadlock after the break through Jayden Bogle. The Blades nearly held out but were eventually breached through an 87th-minute Danny Welbeck finish. Brighton will now be looking to win an away league game against Sheffield United for the first time since January 2005.