Announcing their 12-year Premier League return with a last-gasp equalizer at Bournemouth last weekend, Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United side will welcome Crystal Palace to a lively Bramall Lane on Sunday afternoon.
Not the only side to pick up a point in their opening weekend appearance, Roy Hodgson’s side picked up a 0-0 draw against a big-spending Everton and showed some improvements after an inconsistent summer.
For the returning Blades, Sunday’s hosts have their sights solely set on securing their top-flight status come May.
Although United will be boosted by their late comeback on the South Coast, they are already penned in at 8/11 to suffer an immediate return to the Championship.
Sheffield United’s homecoming party
With Wilder the first to admit that his side struggled to convert their chances at the Vitality on Saturday, the bookmakers have already firmly backed them to be the lowest-scoring team on their Premier League return.
Sunday’s hosts are already pencilled in at 23/10 with Betfair to record the fewest strikes this season.
Although many may fancy the Blades to struggle in the final third this year, Wilder will be looking for striking veteran Billy Sharp to start off where he finished last weekend.
With the Sheffield United boss refusing to rule out the possibility of the 33-year-old making a return to his starting XI, you will be interested to know that last year’s leading marksman can be found at 13/8 with SkyBet to make it two in two this weekend.
Promising a carnival atmosphere in Sheffield on Sunday afternoon, the Blades should also be boosted by their eye-catching record against Palace.
Although their last meeting came back in 2011, United have won back-to-back matches against Palace at Bramall Lane and a similar result can be found at 31/20 with Bet365.
The return of Wilfried Zaha?
Although Roy Hodgson was quick to praise his side after recording a clean sheet and snatching a point off of European hopefuls Everton in South London last weekend, the former England boss still has an attacking puzzle on his hands.
Failing to find the net against the Toffees, Hodgson has called for his attacking options to show a more clinical edge in the final third.
“We think there are more goals in the team than we were able to show last year – it’s up to our front players and goalscorers to show that.”
After failing to capitalize on Everton having to see out the final 20 minutes with 10-men, it appears that Wilfried Zaha could be recalled to Palace’s starting XI.
Despite attempting to push through a move away from Selhurst Park over the summer, the Ivory Coast international remains Palace’s major threat in the final third.
Once again the only Eagles player to reach double digits last season, Zaha is pencilled in at 3/1 with Bet365 to make a goalscoring return at Bramall Lane this weekend.
Betting Tip: Under 2.5 goals – 8/13 @ Betfair