Continuing to take the Premier League by storm, Sheffield United will look to keep up the party atmosphere around Bramall Lane when they host Watford on Boxing Day afternoon.
Picking up a 1-0 win away at Brighton over the weekend and still flirting with the European positions, the Blades find themselves in the midst of a three-match Premier League winning run and have tasted defeat just once since the end of September.
While the mood in Chris Wilder’s camp might be at a continued high, new Watford boss Nigel Pearson is desperate for his side to build off of their eye-catching display last weekend.
Securing what could be a crucial three points against Manchester United at Vicarage Road, the Hornets brought to an end their five-match winless run and now have their sights set on finding a route out of the drop zone.
You might be interested to know that when the two sides faced off back in October, they could only muster a 0-0 stalemate and both teams to leave with a point can be found at 12/5 with Betfair.
Sheffield United – The European contenders?
While Chris Wilder may have been left furious that VAR chalked off two of their strikes on the South Coast over the weekend, Sheffield United once again impressed with their 1-0 win at the Amex.
Taking the Premier League by storm since making their top-flight return over the summer, they have won three consecutive top-tier matches for the first time since 1993 and the mood around Bramall Lane only continues to soar.
Opening the Boxing Day fixtures sat as high as fifth and within touching distance of fourth-place Chelsea, some have begun to whisper that United could be set to mount what would be a famous European charge.
You might be interested to know that Thursday’s hosts can be found priced as high as 9/1 with Coral to secure a top-six finish come May.
If the Blades are to make it four in four and continue on what has been a stellar run of form, then Wilder will be looking for his men to extend on their recent displays at the back.
Landing back-to-back Premier League clean sheets, only Leicester and Liverpool can boast a better defensive record than the Sheffield outfit and they can be found at 11/8 with Ladbrokes to keep another clean sheet in midweek.
Watford’s Great escape?
While many around Vicarage Road were far from pleased to have seen Nigel Pearson announced as the new man to take charge earlier in the month, Watford put in a season-best display over the weekend.
Picking up a 2-0 win over Manchester United on home soil, just their second victory over the former champions since 1984, the Hornets appear to finally be finding their feet.
Although they may have managed to snatch just their second Premier League victory last time out, the one-time Leicester boss finds his side open Christmas Day sat bottom of the table and six points adrift of safety.
Still pencilled in as low as 1/4 with Paddy Power to suffer a Championship return next year, Pearson will be calling on talisman Troy Deeney to spearhead their safety charge.
Converting from the spot against the Red Devil’s over the weekend and grabbing his first goal of the season, the 31-year-old Watford icon can be found at 14/5 with Ladbrokes to once again find the net in midweek.