Kick-off: 1400, 18/08/2019
Stadium: Bramall Lane
TV: Sky Sports
Crystal Palace fought long and hard to keep Wilfried Zaha over the summer and can start to reap the benefits when visiting Sheffield United in the Premier League.
The Eagles’ talismanic forward, a target for Arsenal and Everton, only came on for 25 minutes in the goalless draw with the Toffees but should now be ready to make more of an impact.
His presence always inspires the London outfit to reach greater heights and 2/1 for them to beat the Blades is our first Sheff Utd vs Crystal Palace prediction.
A Look At Sheffield United’s Betting Odds
United ended their 12-year absence from England’s top flight with a deserved 1-1 draw at Bournemouth, even if they did leave it late to equalise through Billy Sharp.
The Blades would almost certainly have settled for a share of the spoils before the start of play and Chris Wilder was certainly content with the spirit shown.
“Disappointed to go behind, but yet again not surprised by the way my team came roaring back – I think it was the right result,” said the manager.
“There is always going to be apprehension in our play, none of these boys have played at this level.
“When the bullets start flying on the first day, we have to get on with it and learn and quickly grow – and I thought we did.”
United had the better opportunities before Chris Mepham broke the deadlock in the 62nd minute and will prove a handful for many sides this term.
However, we still prefer 11/2 for an away win and both teams to score from the Sheff Utd vs Crystal Palace odds.
Last Sheff Utd line-up: Henderson, Baldock, Stevens, O’Connell, Basham, Egan, Fleck, Lundstram, Norwood, Robinson, McGoldrick.
A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds
Palace predictably lacked a cutting edge with Zaha on the bench for much of a goalless stalemate versus Everton, with the Toffees creating the best chances.
However, the Eagles did improve throughout that contest and Jordan Ayew tested England keeper Jordan Pickford.
Christian Benteke told the club website: “I think the first half they had a couple of great chances, but we came back into the game in the second half; we were playing a little bit higher and we at least deserved a goal.
“If we look at our second half, we have to bring that form away and we have to keep going, as we were sharper and stronger.”
Palace are well equipped to perform on the road, winning nine times on their travels last term, a tally only bettered by Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham.
The Eagles came out on top when visiting all three promoted teams and have a good chance to start out in a similar vein this season.
It may be close for a while, but 11/2 for Draw HT/Palace FT is worth adding to our Sheff Utd vs Crystal Palace betting tips.
Last Palace line-up: Guaita, Ward, Van Aanholt, Dann, Kelly, Milivojevic, Meyer, Townsend, McArthur, Ayew, Benteke.
Bournemouth 1-1 SHEFF UTD – Billy Sharp
CRYSTAL PALACE 0-0 Everton
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