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Sheffield United vs Burnley: Predictions
It was a topsy-turvy season for both clubs with Sheffield United waving goodbye to their Premier League status with a whimper and Burnley struggling at stages to avoid a similar predicament, but the fates have been decided and now each side will want to wrap up the campaign with a final result to cheer about.
For the Blades’ interim incumbent Paul Heckingbottom, he collected his first win as temporary manager away to Everton two games back, outfoxing esteemed tactician Carlo Ancelotti at Goodison Park, but he will no doubt want to bow out with at least one triumph at a semi-packed Bramall Lane.
As for Burnley, Sean Dyche, after a nervous start to the season, managed to coax a winning mentality out of his players in the second half of the campaign, and the Clarets clawed themselves away from danger with relative comfort in the end, pulling off some huge results, including wins at Liverpool and Everton.
There isn’t much wiggle room for Burnley to rocket up the table with a win, but three points could seem them leapfrog Brighton into 16th, providing the South Coast club come up short against Arsenal, ensuring they do no finish as the lowest-ranking ‘safe’ club this season.
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Sheffield United vs Burnley: Match Stats
Sheff Utd’s inability to get going from the off has been their Achilles’ heel this season; the Blades are the only side in the entire Premier League who have failed to net double digits in the first half of matches (nine), so if Burnley fly out of the traps and start brightly, it could be a long afternoon for the relegated outfit.
Chris Wood will no doubt be scenting claret and baring his teeth from the off. The New Zealand international has notched double digits in the Premier League for the fourth consecutive season and is just a brace away from matching his best-ever return of 14 from the 2019/20 campaign.
Sheffield United vs Burnley: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Sheffield United 0-1 Burnley
29 Dec 2020 – Burnley 1-0 Sheffield United – Premier League
17 Sep 2020 – Burnley 1-1 Sheffield United – League Cup
05 Jul 2020 – Burnley 1-1 Sheffield United – Premier League
02 Nov 2019 – Sheffield United 3-0 Burnley – Premier League
01 Jan 2011 – Burnley 4-2 Sheffield United – Championship
It was a cagey affair when these sides met to conclude 2020, with Burnley running out 1-0 victors which, at the time, proved a huge result in what was then a six-pointer. A first-half Ben Men strike settled the tie at Turf Moor in a contest that saw just six shots on target overall and 30 fouls. It was a match-up where one goal would always settle the score and we could see a similar outcome this weekend.