After booking their spot in the fourth round of this year’s FA Cup last weekend, Sheffield United will turn their attention back to Premier League duties when they welcome West Ham to Bramall Lane on Friday night.
Opening 2020 still sat eighth in the standings, the Blades are looking to bounce back from being hit with back-to-back 2-0 defeats against Manchester City and Liverpool when opening the New Year.
On the flip side, also booking their spot in the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 2-0 victory away at League One outfit Gillingham, West Ham have begun to show some real improvements since bringing in former boss David Moyes.
Undoubtedly still boosted by their eye-catching 4-0 win over Bournemouth on New Year’s Day, the Hammers simply have their sights set on extending their buffer over the drop zone.
With the two sides playing out a 1-1 draw when they faced off in East London back in October, you might be interested to know that an identical scoreline can be found at 13/2 with Betfair.
Wilder’s attacking headache?
Although Sheffield United may have managed to pick up a 2-1 victory over National League outfit AFC Fylde last weekend, Blades boss Chris Wilder was left far from impressed by his side’s performance at Anfield earlier in the month.
Announcing that his side “didn’t lay a glove” on the runaway leaders, the Premier League’s surprise package have now been hit with back-to-back 2-0 defeat for the first time since they lost both of their opening two games in last season’s Championship.
While fans around Bramall Lane still find their side remarkably flirting with the European positions, they will undoubtedly be concerned by their side’s less than the clinical edge in the final third.
With leading marksman Lys Mousset who has five strikes this season now failing to find the net in each of his last seven Premier League appearances, the Blades have failed to bag more than a single strike in their previous four matchups.
You might be interested to know that Friday’s hosts can be found pencilled in at 4/5 with Paddy Power to once again score under 1.5 goals this week.
The David Moyes effect
While West Ham might still find themselves at the heart of a relegation scrap, the mood in the Hammers’ camp is certainly on the rise following the departure of Manuel Pellegrini.
Turning back to former boss David Moyes, the Londoners have picked up back-to-back victories, a run that was really highlighted by a stunning 4-0 victory over fellow strugglers Bournemouth on New Year’s Day.
Finding a route back out of the drop zone, there is no doubt that fans around the London Stadium will be most impressed by their side’s new-found resolve at the back.
Along with keeping another clean sheet away at League One high-flyers Gillingham last weekend, West Ham have landed back-to-back clean sheets for the first time since September.
With their sights solely set on making a top half charge in 2020, you might be interested to know that Friday’s guests can be found priced as high as 10/3 with William Hill to bag what would be another impressive clean sheet at Bramall Lane.
Elsewhere, after missing Sunday’s trip to Kent, last week’s hero and captain Mark Noble is set to reclaim his spot in Moyes’ starting XI.