Author: Bharath Ram
Last Updated: January 2, 2020
Sheffield United look to regain the top spot when they take on Stoke City at the Bramall Lane in the midweek action. United have dropped behind Middlesbrough on goal difference after the weekend results, while Stoke City continue to remain close to the bottom three than near the top. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Sheffield United’s four-game winning sequence came to an end after a 2-1 loss against Derby County at Pride Park. United were quite deep in the game and were not able to make much of an impact.
Stoke City’s three-game unbeaten run ended with a 1-0 home defeat against Birmingham, who were expected to be a relegation contender at the start of the campaign. Stoke are still just five points away from a play-off place even after just four wins in 13 games.
Stoke and Sheffield United face off each other for the first time in more than a decade. The last game between these two clubs was also at Bramall Lane back in 2007 when Stoke City picked up a 3-0 win on their way to promotion. Our betting tips and prediction expect a victory for Sheffield United.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Sheffield United win at 1.95[/bet_tip_now]
Stoke City are priced at a distant 4.33 to emerge victorious in the game and it is a surprise for a team that were expected to be a promotion contender at the start of the campaign. However, Gary Rowett continues to be defiant about Stoke’s promotion chances while Sheffield United will be looking to make the most of the strong run of form in recent weeks. United may have lost a four-game winning sequence but they are exceptionally strong at Bramall Lane with just one defeat so far this season. Stoke are unbeaten in three away games, but their recent form does not inspire any confidence. Our preview would pick a win for the blades.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Sheffield United win at 1.95[/bet_tip_now]
Sheffield United vs Stoke City draw odds: 3.60
Stoke City win odds: 4.33
Correct Score odds
The Blades have been able to split their 22 league goals evenly between home and away games. Crucially, they have been much better at keeping out the opposition in the home games. Teams like Birmingham and Hull, who do not have a great away run, are those who have failed to score at Bramall Lane. Incredibly, Stoke have been able to score in each of the away games this season. Our correct score prediction would opt for a Sheffield United 2-1 win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Sheffield United 2-1 win at 8.50[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Both teams possess a strong set of players who can find the back of the net in tight situations. Stoke have the ability to find the back of the net on counter-attacks, while United have not been defensively solid even at Bramall Lane. Our total goals prediction would go for over 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals over 2.5 at 1.90[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Billy Sharp is the top scorer at Sheffield United with seven league goals so far, but he has been unable to find the back of the net in his last two games. Leon Clarke has been low on confidence throughout the campaign and he is without a goal in 523 minutes of Championship action. In such circumstances, our first goalscorer prediction would continue to go with Billy Sharp.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Billy Sharp at 6.50[/bet_tip_now]
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