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Crystal Palace v Sheffield Utd prediction & confirmed line-ups as Sander Berge starts

By Steve Jennings

Crystal Palace vs Sheffield Utd preview, predictions & team news

Published: 14:43, 31 January 2020

Crystal Palace take on Sheffield United in the Premier League on Saturday, with both sides desperate for the points.

The visitors will want to keep up their unlikely push for European football and can go fifth in the table this weekend if other results go their way.

Meanwhile, Palace want to be more than seven points clear of the relegation zone, so it’s crucial they start picking up points in games like this.

Read on for our preview, predictions, team news, key men, possible XIs and more.

Key details for Crystal Palace vs Sheffield Utd:

Competition: Premier League

Venue: Selhurst Park

Date: Saturday, 1 February 2020

Kick-off: 3:00 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): N/A

Last five meetings: Crystal Palace vs Sheffield Utd

18 August 2019: Sheffield Utd 1-0 Crystal Palace (Premier League)

19 February 2011: Crystal Palace 1-0 Sheffield Utd (Championship)

20 November 2010: Sheffield Utd 3-2 Crystal Palace (Championship)

6 March 2010: Crystal Palace 1-0 Sheffield Utd (Championship)

12 December 2009: Sheffield Utd 2-0 Crystal Palace (Championship)

Aggregate Score: Sheffield Utd (WLWLW) 6-4 Crystal Palace (LWLWL)

Ones to watch

Crystal Palace: Wilfried Zaha

Wilfried Zaha could be a player to watch this January transfer window

Palace’s lack of goals, particularly at home of late, have put extra pressure on Zaha to improve his finishing. But the winger is able to serve the team in other ways, even when he’s not scoring, such as getting the ball into advanced areas quickly. He’ll need to do that whenever possible against Sheffield United.

Key stat: Zaha has made 242 successful passes into the final third this season, 44 more than any other Palace player in the Premier League.

Sheffield Utd: John Fleck

John Fleck has been one of the key cogs in the Sheffield United machine this season, particularly in recent weeks. His role in Chris Wilder’s system is crucial, and he will be a central to anything the Blades do well on Saturday, especially if the Yorkshiremen can continue their impressive record on the road.

Key stat: No Sheffield United player has scored more goals than John Fleck this season (5, level with Lys Mousset).

Confirmed Crystal Palace line-up:

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Confirmed Sheffield Utd line-up:

Squawka prediction

If Palace can’t find a way to start scoring more goals at Selhurst Park, they will continue to struggle against sides who flourish away from home, such as Sheffield United. With that in mind, the Blades have the potential to edge this one.

Scoreline prediction: Crystal Palace 1-2 Sheffield Utd