Kick-off: 1600, 26/07/2020
Stadium: St Mary’s Stadium
TV: Sky Sports Mix
Southampton have done really well since returning from lockdown and are taken to sign off the season by beating Sheffield United at St Mary’s Stadium.
Ralph Hasenhuttl will not be happy with a record of just five wins and 10 defeats on home turf, so expect Saints to try and improve that here.
The Blades have shown signs of burning out following the restart and 6/5 for them to suffer a third straight loss is our initial Southampton vs Sheff Utd prediction.
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
Southampton have only lost to Arsenal in eight outings since play resumed and secured a fourth win in that period when prevailing 2-0 at Bournemouth.
Danny Ings put Saints ahead before the break with a typically clinical finish and Che Adams wrapped things up in stoppage time with another well-taken effort.
The Cherries were unfortunate to have a late Sam Surridge goal ruled out for offside in between, but it felt a deserved victory overall.
Ings had a second-half penalty saved but Southampton still made it a club-record 31 points on the road, to surpass the 28 achieved in 1983-84.
Hasenhuttl said: “We do a much better job now with the ball, more quality creating chances, we are more flexible now. This is the key for being a better Premier League team.
“If you stop working hard, stop developing, we will be back to where we were at the beginning of the season. We were really hungry to be successful and it’s the reason we are 12th.”
Ings has rightly hogged the headlines all season and could still claim an incredible Golden Boot triumph, but Adams has also caught the eye of late.
The 24-year-old grabbed the only goal of the game in a recent win over Manchester City here and will be keen to do well this weekend, having begun his career with the Blades.
Adams to score at any time at 7/2 is added to our Southampton vs Sheff Utd betting tips.
Last Southampton line-up: McCarthy, Vestergaard, Stephens, Bertrand, Walker-Peters, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Redmond, Long, Ings.
A Look At Sheffield United’s Betting Odds
Eighth-placed United have been a breath of fresh air in the top flight this term and even threatened to challenge for a place in Europe for much of the campaign.
“It’s been tough to compete but we’ve managed it through the drive and determination of the players and the expectation levels they have set,” declared Chris Wilder.
“We shouldn’t be anywhere near where we are. The expectation of 99.9 per cent of people outside of Sheffield was we would be down the bottom fighting to stay in the division.”
However, the Blades laboured to a 2-0 loss at Leicester last week and Monday’s 1-0 home defeat by Everton may just have knocked a bit more stuffing out of them.
Wilder’s men have only scored first in one of their last nine away games, so 39/50 for Saints to break the deadlock appeals from the Southampton vs Sheff Utd odds.
Last Sheff Utd line-up: Henderson, Baldock, Stevens, O’Connell, Basham, Egan, Norwood, Osborn, Berge, McBurnie, McGoldrick.
Bournemouth 0-2 SOUTHAMPTON – Danny Ings, Che Adams
SHEFF UTD 0-1 Everton
Head-to-head: Sheff Utd 0-1 Southampton
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