- Under 2.5 goals have been scored in 100% of Sheffield United’s Premier League home matches this season.
- West Ham have scored one or fewer goals in each of their last three Premier League assignments.
- Sheffield United took four points from their two meeting with West Ham last term.
- Both encounters between the Blades and the Irons last season saw under 2.5 goals scored.
Bottom club Blades in trouble
Winless and rooted to the foot of the Premier League table after eight games, the division’s lowest scorers Sheffield United’s fall from grace has been rapid this season, and the blunt Blades are in desperate need of a positive upturn in fortunes.
Chris Wilder’s toothless United have struggled badly to find a functioning attacking formula since the summer, and only Newcastle (8.0) have averaged fewer attempts on goal per game than the Blades (8.1).
The addition of ex-Liverpool starlet Rhian Brewster was expected to add sparkle and pace to United’s frontline, though the talented striker has managed just a single attempt on goal since his arrival in the Steel City.
West Ham remain inconsistent
West Ham’s start to the 2020/21 has been typically abstruse, and the Irons’ inconsistency continues to be a source of huge frustration for manager David Moyes.
In a campaign littered with peaks and troughs, the Irons traded blows with big-hitting sides en-route to beating Leicester and Wolves, while impressive points were also won in draws with Tottenham and Man City, yet West Ham’s defeat to Newcastle and their struggle to beat Fulham highlighted their unpredictable nature.
The Hammers needed a last-minute Thomas Soucek strike to see off the Cottagers, though West Ham were lucky to hold on to their victory after Fulham’s Ademola Lookman made a mess of an injury time Panenka penalty.
Few goals anticipated at Bramall Lane
With Sheffield United’s lack of forward thrust and the Blades’ notorious ability to batten down the hatches at the other end proving a potent combination, games at Bramall Lane have been achingly low on action this season.
All four of Sheffield United’s Premier League home matches this term saw under 2.5 goals scored, and the net bulged just four times in total across 360 minutes of top-tier action overall in the Steel City since the summer.
West Ham make the trip to Sheffield having notched one or fewer goals in each of their last three assignments, and with the Irons’ final third output on the wane, their clash with the Blades on Sunday has all the makings of a low-key contest.
Both of last season’s Premier League skirmishes between Sheffield United and West Ham returned under 2.5 goals, and the evidence suggests that market is worth backing again when the teams renew acquaintances this weekend.
Alongside our under 2.5 goals forecast, our 1-1 correct score prediction backs the Blades to force a draw against West Ham. Chris Wilder’s charges shipped exactly one goal in each of their last three home matches, and having notched once in each of their two clashes with the Irons in 2019/20, a single effort should allow the hosts to claim a much-needed share of the spoils.
Sheffield United injuries and team news
Lys Mousset, Jack O’Connell and John Fleck remain three key absentees for Sheffield United, though John Egan, Enda Stevens and Rhian Brewster will hope to recover from bumps and bruises to feature.
Ethan Ampadu is back in contention having sat out the last game against his parent club Chelsea.
West Ham injuries and team news
Andriy Yarmolenko tested positive for COVID-19 during the international break and is unlikely to feature, while Angelo Ogbonna and Mark Noble are also nursing knocks.
Michail Antonio could be ready to return to the Irons attack however, while Said Benrahma will be hoping to earn his first start.