Looking to continue on what has been a famous campaign for the Premier League returners, a high-flyer Sheffield United will hope to extend on their European charge when they make the trip to St. James’ Park on Saturday afternoon.
Picking up a 1-0 win over relegation scrappers Norwich last weekend, the Blades travel to the North East sat seventh in the table after a run of form that has seen them land five wins in their last six appearances across all competitions.
On the flip side, after managing to pick up what was a much-needed 1-0 win away at a stalling Southampton last week, Newcastle managed to bring an end to their five-match Premier League winless run and eased their relegation concerns.
With their sights now set on landing their first victory on home soil since the middle of January, Newcastle will likely also be boosted by their most recent meeting against Saturday’s guests.
You might be interested to know that Steve Bruce’s men managed to pick up a shock 2-0 win at Bramall Lane earlier in the season and another victory for the Magpies can be found priced at 12/5 with 888sport for this weekend.
“There is a marked improvement”
Although Matt Ritchie’s penalty miss against Southampton last weekend may have had Steve Bruce once again expecting the worst, Newcastle did manage to leave St. Mary’s with what could be a crucial 1-0 win.
Leapfrogging Southampton in the table and relieving some of the pressure on his shoulders, there is no doubt that the one-time Sunderland boss will be hoping for Allan Saint-Maximin to carry on where he left off last weekend.
Despite reports of a bust-up between the two earlier in the month, Bruce saw his attacking MVP bag a stunning solo winner on the South Coast seven days ago, and will once again lead Newcastle’s charge this weekend.
Cementing his spot as the Magpies’ standout performer this season, the 22-year-old will be hoping to bag his first strike at St. James’ Park on Saturday afternoon.
Also finding the net in Newcastle’s 2-0 win against the Blades earlier in the season, you might be interested to know that Saint-Maximin can be found as high as 9/2 with Ladbrokes to extend on his tally this weekend.
The Blades flying high
Picking up three points against Norwich last weekend and extending their Premier League unbeaten run to four matches on the bounce, Sheffield United have long since cemented their spot as the top-flights surprise package this season.
Watching his side collect 10 points out of a possible 12 on their unbeaten run, Chris Wilder’s side suddenly find a staggering European finish at the top of their agenda.
Along with securing a spot in the quarter-final of this year’s FA Cup thanks to victory over Championship outfit Reading earlier in the month, the Blades open Saturday’s contest in seventh and sat just two points adrift of breaking into the top-six.
With the mood around Bramall Lane at a continued high, you might be interested to know that Sheffield United can be found priced at 11/4 with William Hill to land a shock European finish this season.
Elsewhere, bagging the winner against Norwich last weekend and now finding the net in back-to-back appearances, club captain and Billy Sharp is once again expected to lead the line for Wilder’s men this weekend.
With three goals in his last four matches across all formats, the 34-year-old can be found pencilled in at 11/5 with Betfair to extend on his tally at St. James’ Park.