Everton host Sheffield United on Saturday looking to bounce back from their miserable defeat to Bournemouth last week.
Marco Silva’s side were woeful on the South Coast, going down 3-1 with barely a whimper of a fight to continue their horrendous struggles away from home in recent years.
Sheffield United, meanwhile, have now gone three Premier League games without victory after losing 1-0 at home to Southampton last week and although you can still say it’s been a positive start to the season for Chris Wilder’s side, they wil want to get back to winning ways sooner rather than later.
Read on for Everton vs Sheffield United predictions, preview, team news and TV coverage information.
When is Everton vs Sheffield United and where can I watch live?
Competition: Premier League
Venue: Goodison Park
Date: Saturday, 21 September 2019
Kick-off: 3PM BST
TV coverage (UK): N/A
Last five meetings: Everton vs Sheffield United
24 Aug 2011: Everton 3-1 Sheffield United (League Cup)
03 Mar 2007: Sheffield United 1-1 Everton (Premier League)
21 Oct 2006: Everton 2-0 Sheffield United (Premier League)
11 Dec 1993: Sheffield United 0-0 Everton (Premier League)
21 Aug 1993: Everton 4-2 Sheffield United (Premier League)
Aggregate Score: Everton (WDWDW) 10-4 Sheffield United (LDLDL)
Ones to watch
Everton: Alex Iwobi
Everton have been up and down and wildly inconsistent so far this season but throughout the chaos, Alex Iwobi’s impressive impact has been a constant.
The Nigeria international’s £34m summer move from Arsenal was certainly an eyebrow-raiser but he’s already bagged two goals, while his movement between the lines and right across the pitch behind the centre-forward has made him a nightmare to mark and shown his underrated footballing intelligence.
If the Toffees are to unlock a stubborn Blades defence on Saturday, he will likely play a key part in doing so.
Key stat: Iwobi has averaged 2.77 successful dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League this season, only Moise Kean has more for Everton.
Sheffield United: John Egan
Sheffield United’s success in recent years has, in part, been predicated on an aggressive stance when it comes to winning back possession. That trend has continued this season with the Blades ranking second in the Premier League when it comes to interceptions (70).
Defender John Egan is responsible for 11 of those interceptions – more than any other Sheffield United player – and the Irishman’s reading of the game and defensive intelligence make him vital to Wilder’s side. How he copes with the likes of Iwobi and Richarlison will be vital on Saturday.
Key stat: John Egan has made more interceptions (11) in the Premier League than any other Sheffield United player this season.
Richarlison was forced off during Everton’s 3-1 defeat to Bournemouth with a hamstring problem but although he remains a doubt, should be fit for Saturday.
Jean-Philippe Gbamin has avoided surgery on his damaged quadriceps but is still some way off a return, while Andre Gomes will remain sidelined with a rib injury.
Predicted XI: Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne; Davies, Delph; Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Iwobi; Calvert-Lewin.
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John Fleck, Callum Robinson and David McGoldrick all returned to fitness for the defeat to Southampton and could be in contention to start but Billy Sharp will miss out due to suspension.
Summer arrivals Luke Freeman and Ravel Morrison are both pushing for a start.
Predicted XI: Henderson; Basham, Egan, O’Connell; Baldock, Fleck, Norwood, Freeman, Stevens; McGoldrick, McBurnie.
Scoreline prediction: Everton 0-1 Sheffield United