Devastated to have only marked their Premier League return with an extremely controversial point at Villa Park, Sheffield United will travel to St. James’ on Sunday afternoon when they meet Newcastle from behind closed doors.
While the Blades might have only left the Midlands with a 0-0 stalemate, the top-flight returners have enjoyed a stellar campaign this year and have a stunning European finish at the top of their agenda.
On the flip side, although Newcastle might still be trying to find their feet under Steve Bruce, the Magpies did enter the enforced break with a 1-0 win away at Southampton and should also be boosted by an eye-catching record against Sunday’s guests.
Picking up a deserved 2-0 trip when they made the trip to Bramall Lane earlier in the season, the Magpies have won four of their last five meetings against the Blades, including a 2-1 victory the last time the two sides faced off in the North East. A similar home victory this weekend can be found pencilled in at 12/5 with William Hill.
Saint-Maximin to shine?
Although Newcastle might have continued to show some glaring inconsistencies in the final third since bringing in Steve Bruce last year, the Magpies did end March enjoying quite the boost.
While the one-time Sunderland boss might see his side make their return still sat outside the top half, Sunday’s hosts did pick up a 1-0 win at St. Mary’s last time out and also have an FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester City on the horizon.
If Newcastle are to secure back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since opening 2020, Bruce could be calling on attacking talisman Allan Saint-Maximin to lead their charge this weekend.
While the misfiring Joelinton may have continued on a dreadful baron run since making a move from Hoffenheim, the former Nice winger has quickly become a fan favourite for fans around the North East.
Bagging the winner against Southampton prior to the break, the 23-year-old also found the net in Newcastle’s 2-0 win at Bramall Lane earlier in the season.
You might be interested to know that Saint-Maximin can be found at 9/2 with Paddy Power to bag a maiden goal at St. James’ Park this weekend.
Hawkeye heartbreak for United
Furious after seeing Oliver Norwood’s free-kick controversial ruled out after a “technical fault’ from the goal-line technology, Sheffield United will have to put their rightful frustrations behind them if they’re to land a stunning European finish.
Still firmly in the top-six race after enjoying what has been a fairytale Premier League return, Chris Wilders’ men are enjoying a five-match top-flight unbeaten run either side of the enforced break.
Recording yet another clean sheet at Villa Park on their return to action in midweek, it is no surprise that the Blades have received a string of plaudits for their rugged performances at the back.
Now landing back-to-back clean sheets and conceding just a pair of goals in over 450 minutes of action, it should also be noted that Sunday’s guests hold the second-best defensive record in the top-flight, only behind champions-elect Liverpool.
You might be interested to know that the shock European chasers can be found priced at 6/4 with William Hill to leave St. James’ Park unscathed this weekend.