Kick-off: 1400, 09/02/2020
Stadium: Bramall Lane
TV: BT Sport
Sheffield United can climb as high as fifth in the Premier League table if getting the better of Bournemouth at Bramall Lane, as expected.
The Blades have built their success on the back of a rock-solid rearguard, with only runaway leaders Liverpool conceding fewer goals than them this season.
Against opponents who struggle to score away, 29/20 for the hosts to win to nil for a ninth time is our initial Sheff Utd vs Bournemouth prediction.
A Look At Sheffield United’s Betting Odds
United have only lost to the top two in their last 10 league games and are coming off a typically gritty 1-0 triumph at Crystal Palace.
The Blades had just 39 per cent of possession at Selhurst Park, but were resilient at the back and received a bit of good fortune when Vicente Guaita dropped a corner into his own net.
“We were up against some really good players, but the team kept their discipline and shape,” commented Chris Wilder.
“We were lucky with the goal, but I thought we were good value for the win. We’re delighted to add another three points to what we have already.”
Record signing Sander Berge made an encouraging debut, with Wilder adding: “He looks like a Sheffield United player; he’s athletic, he gets about the park and he can pass it.”
Looking at the Sheff Utd vs Bournemouth odds, we also like 23/10 for a home win and under 2.5 goals.
That bet would have come in for seven of the Blades’ nine league victories!
Last Sheff Utd line-up: Henderson, Baldock, Stevens, O’Connell, Basham, Egan, Fleck, Norwood, Berge, McBurnie, Sharp.
David McGoldrick could be back after missing the last four matches with a foot problem.
A Look At Bournemouth’s Betting Odds
Bournemouth have boosted their survival hopes with back-to-back home wins in this competition, beating Brighton 3-1 and Aston Villa 2-1.
Last weekend, first-half goals from Philip Billing and Nathan Ake won it for the Cherries, though after Jefferson Lerma was sent off, Mbwana Samatta made a game of it for Villa.
But Eddie Howe’s men leapfrogged their visitors in the table after seeing it out, moving two points clear of the drop zone.
“We don’t know whether it will define our season, but it feels like a big moment,” beamed Howe.
“It’s just we are in there fighting and showing we want to be in the Premier League.”
However, Bournemouth have lost their last three top-flight away games at Brighton, West Ham and Norwich without scoring a single goal.
In fact, the Cherries have only netted once before the break on their last nine road trips, so 13/10 for the Blades to lead at half-time completes our Sheff Utd vs Bournemouth betting tips.
Last Bournemouth line-up: Ramsdale, Francis, Ake, Smith, Rico, Gosling, Lerma, H Wilson, Fraser, Billing, C Wilson.
Josh King may be fit after a thigh issue, while Jack Stacey could also shake off a similar problem
Crystal Palace 0-1 SHEFF UTD – Vincente Guaita (og)
BOURNEMOUTH 2-1 Aston Villa – Philip Billing, Nathan Ake
Head-to-head: Bournemouth 1-1 Sheff Utd
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