Kick-off: 1200, 18/10/2020
Stadium: Bramall Lane
TV: BT Sport Box Office
At least one of these teams will get their first points on the board at the fifth attempt when they meet at Bramall Lane.
It may be too early to call this a six-pointer but with both teams having lost their opening four games, they will be desperate to ease their worries with a victory.
Sheffield United proved last season that they have the quality to compete at this level and a home win at 21/20 is our opening Sheff Utd vs Fulham prediction.
A Look At Sheffield United’s Betting Odds
United gave a decent account of themselves last time out and at least found the net in a 2-1 defeat at Arsenal.
David McGoldrick’s effort was their first league goal of the campaign but the forward believes it is too early for any anxiety to start creeping in at Bramall Lane.
“We are always trying,” he said. “We have just got to get going, get back to what we are good at in both boxes. We will get back to it, there is no doubt about that.
“We are only four games in and there is no panic button being pressed yet. We haven’t been at our best, we know that, but we have been in most games – we are still in it.
“If we up our levels, like I know we can, then we can fight our way up the league again.”
Record signing Rhian Brewster has boosted the attacking options while United continue to look reasonably solid in defence, conceding six goals in their four defeats.
Last Sheff Utd line-up: Ramsdale, Baldock, Stevens, Basham, Egan, Robinson, Lundstram, Berge, Burke, Osborn, McGoldrick.
A Look At Fulham’s Betting Odds
Fulham were widely tipped for an immediate return to the Championship and have done nothing to prove their critics wrong so far.
The Cottagers had the worst defence in the division when they were relegated two years ago and have conceded 11 goals already – the joint-worst record along with Liverpool and Manchester United incredibly!
Speaking after the 1-0 defeat at Wolves last time out, boss Scott Parker said: “This is a team that eight weeks ago were in the Championship. This is a team that are learning and developing.
“We’re working tirelessly trying to improve and analyse where mistakes are being made. We saw a vast improvement today.
“We have tried to put our identity on games but that doesn’t fit the external narrative – which is goals, goals, goals against us. We’ll keep improving on that.”
A cagey opening can be expected in such an important game for both teams but we expect United to eventually force a breakthrough, so Draw HT/Sheff Utd FT at 4/1 is our final Sheff Utd vs Fulham prediction.
Last Fulham line-up: Areola, Ream, Le Marchand, Bryan, Robinson, Aina, Cairney, Zambo, Mitrovic, Reid, Cavaleiro.
Arsenal 2-1 SHEFF UTD – David McGoldrick
Wolves 1-0 FULHAM
Head-to-head: Fulham 3-0 Sheff Utd, Sheff Utd 4-5 Fulham, Fulham 3-0 Sheff Utd
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