Looking to end their campaign at a continued high, a resurging Southampton will close the 2019/2020 campaign when they host a stalling Sheffield United at St. Mary’s on Sunday afternoon.
Picking up a deserved 2-0 win against South Coast rivals Bournemouth and all but relegating the Cherries last weekend, the Saints find themselves in the midst of a six-match Premier League unbeaten run.
On the flip side, hit with a sluggish 1-0 defeat at home against an inconsistent Everton in midweek, Sheffield United have failed to fully find their feet since making a return from football’s enforced break.
Now suffering back-to-back top-flight defeats and with any European ambitions wiped off the table this season, the Blades could also be concerned by their most recent meeting against Sunday’s hosts.
When the two sides faced off at Bramall Lane earlier in the season, Southampton picked up a 1-0 win on the road and will be looking to make another statement this weekend. You might be interested to know that a similar outcome at St. Mary’s in the season finale can be found priced at 6/5 with Paddy Power.
Who can stop Danny Ings?
Picking up what was a deserved 2-0 win away at bitter rivals Bournemouth last weekend, Southampton have gained a long list of admirers since returning from the lockdown.
Likely still boosted by what was a stunning injury-time equalizer away at Old Trafford earlier in the month, Sunday’s hosts are in the midst of a six-match Premier League unbeaten run, their most fruitful patch since opening 2020.
With the mood around St. Mary’s at a continued high, Head Coach Ralph Hasenhüttl will be hugely excited by Danny Ings’ remarkable campaign on the South Coast.
Once again finding the net away at Bournemouth last weekend, the former Liverpool striker has only gone from strength to strength since making a permanent switch from Anfield.
Breaking records at Southampton this season and linked with a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad in the near future, the 27-year-old sits second in the overall scoring charts.
In fact, Ings has scored in 19 different Premier League games this season, the most by any Southampton player in a single season in the competition, overtaking James Beattie’s 18 in 2002-03.
You might be interested to know that Ings can be found priced at 13/10 with Ladbrokes to end his campaign with another strike this weekend.
United limping over the finish line
Putting in yet another lacklustre display at home against an inconsistent Everton earlier in the week, Sheffield United have largely failed to match a similar level they set prior to the break.
Marking their return from the interruption with a season-worst display in a 3-0 hammering away at Newcastle last month, Chris Wilder’s side have lost back-to-back Premier League games for the second time since returning.
In fact, Sunday’s guests have lost four of their nine Premier League matches since the restart (W3 D2), as many as they had in their previous 21 before the break (W9 D8 L4).
There is no doubt that fans around Bramall Lane will be most worried about their side’s recent issues in the final third.
Failing to record a single shot on target in their 1-0 loss against the Toffees on Tuesday evening, Wilder’s side have failed to find the net in their back-to-back defeats and hold a worrying record on the road.
Without a win on their travels since the start of February, the Blades have managed to land just a single away goal in over 450 minutes of action. You might be interested to know that United can be found priced at 2/1 with 888Sport to draw another blank this weekend.