Knowing that three points this weekend could see them move within touching distance of the top-four, a high-flying Sheffield United will welcome Bournemouth to Bramall Lane on Sunday afternoon.
Picking up a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace last weekend and cementing their spot as the Premier League’s surprise package this season, the Blades have a European finish on their agenda after losing just one of their last six matches across all competitions.
On the flip side, after grabbing what could be a crucial 2-1 win over fellow scrappers Aston Villa last time out, Bournemouth have now landed back-to-back Premier League victories and are desperate to extend their buffer over the drop zone.
While the two sides might be in the midst of battles at opposite ends of the Premier League standings, you might be interested to know that when the Cherries welcomed Chris Wilder’s men to the Vitality earlier in the season they played out a 1-1 draw and a similar stalemate can be found at 13/5 with Paddy Power.
Sheffield United – The European contenders
Managing to pick up a 1-0 win at Selhurst Park last weekend and also booking their spot in the fifth-round of this year’s FA Cup, few across England would have expected what has been a famous campaign at Bramall Lane so far.
Opening the weekend fixtures sat just a sole point adrift of fifth-place Spurs, Sheffield United have firmly cemented their spot as the Premier League’s surprise package this season.
With a growing reputation for their rugged displays, Chris Wilder’s men find themselves priced at 9/4 with William Hill to secure what would be a remarkable top-six finish come May.
A huge part of the Blades’ rise up the standings this season has come thanks to some very eye-catching displays at the back.
Recording another clean sheet against Crystal Palace last weekend, only runaway leaders Liverpool have conceded fewer than United’s 23 goals since opening the 2019/2020 campaign.
Elsewhere, after making an eye-catching debut following his January switch, midfielder Sander Berge is likely to retain his spot at the heart of Wilder’s midfield.
Bournemouth’s away-day struggles
Finding a route out of the drop zone after picking up a 2-1 win over Aston Villa last weekend, Eddie Howe’s men have managed to collect back-to-back Premier League victories at what could be a crucial time.
Although the Cherries may have made some much-needed improvements on the South Coast, Howe’s men still have a growing reputation for their issues on the road.
Including being hit with a 4-0 hammering away at fellow strugglers West Ham on Boxing Day, the one-time Burnley boss has seen his side lose their last three straight away matches on the bounce and they have landed just a sole win away from the Vitality in their last 10 attempts.
More worrying for Sunday’s traveling support, failing to find the net in all three of those defeats, Bournemouth have recorded just a sole strike on the road since the 30th of November.
You might be interested to know that betting offers like the Cherries can be found priced at 11/10 with Ladbrokes to draw another blank on the road this weekend.