Sheffield United desperately need a win to turn around their season. Chris Wilder’s side are 19th in the Premier League after six matches. They have collected just one point from 18 possible. The only thing keeping them off the bottom of the table is goal difference.
The Blades now face off with Manchester City on Saturday in a difficult game. The Cityzens head into the game as the league’s 13th-placed team. They have taken eight points from 15 possible and have a game in hand. Pep Guardiola’s team are hot and cold in the Premier League. They have won just once in their last four league matches.
Last weekend, Manchester City drew 1-1 against West Ham at the London Stadium. The Cityzens had to come from behind to claim the draw. West Ham stood firm and smacked the Cityzens in the mouth in the game, standing toe to toe with them.
Sheffield United lost on matchday 6 to Liverpool at Anfield. The defeat came after taking a 1-0 first-half lead thanks to a penalty. From there, Sheffield United did not create much in the final third. Manchester City won both Premier League games last season versus Sheffield United by a combined scoreline of 3-0.
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Last season’s game played at Bramall Lane ended 1-0 in favour of Manchester City. A Sergio Aguero 73rd-minute goal gave the team the win. Both games between Sheffield United and Manchester City finished with all the goals scored in the second half.
Sheffield United’s one point this season came at Bramall Lane. The Blades of scored a ridiculous one goal at home in three games. The good news is they allowed just four goals in three home matches. If Sheffield United can get goals, then perhaps they will improve their results at home.
Manchester City have won just once in three attempts on the road this term. Just five points from nine points came in those three games. After defeating Wolverhampton Wanderers, 3-1, Manchester City drew versus with Leeds United and West Ham.
Last weekend’s 1-1 draw away to West Ham saw Manchester City needing a second-half equaliser from Phil Foden. Manchester City are +2 in goal difference on the road. The Cityzens are coming off of a midweek Champions League win versus Marseille, 3-0. Will the trip to France cause unnecessary fatigue for Pep Guardiola’s squad?
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Wilder has four players ruled out of the game. Lys Mousset, John Fleck, and Jack O’Connell are all ruled out of the match. Goalkeeper Simon Moore is still likely to be out of action due to a broken finger. Max Lowe could return to the team after suffering a face injury.
Manager Wilder removed summer transfer signing Rhian Brewster in the second half. The removal of the striker allowed Liverpool’s defence to control matters. Although Brewster did not have many chances in the final third, his play hurried and hustled Liverpool’s defence.
Guardiola could have Gabriel Jesus back soon. The striker is nearing fitness, but is unlikely to return until after the November international break. Benjamin Mendy and Fernandinho are both ruled out of the game. The duo is not supposed to return to the team until late November.
Sergio Aguero has picked up another injury. He injured his thigh and will be out for possibly six to eight weeks. Centre-back Nathan Ake could return to the team in time for the match. Guardiola and his players will have one eye matchday 8 when Liverpool arrive at the Etihad Stadium. A loss to the Reds and a title challenge could be over before the midpoint in the season.
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Phil Foden came off the bench for Manchester City last weekend versus West Ham. Foden should get a start for Manchester City as Aguero and Jesus are both ruled out of the game this weekend. The forward is tied for the team lead in goals with two in five games. Foden has an expected goal figure of 1.56. He takes 2.63 shots per 90 minutes and 0.37 expected goals per 90 minutes.
Last season’s Premier League games between Sheffield United and Manchester City finished in draws at halftime. Both games were nil-nil after the first 45 minutes of play. Sheffield United’s last five games in all competitions finished as draws at halftime. Four of those games ended in losses. Three of Manchester City’s nine games in all competitions this season saw the team drawing at halftime.
Sheffield United and Manchester City’s games in the league last season both finished with under 2.5 goals scored. The Blades’ defence kept Manchester City from running away with either game, and were in the fixture throughout. Manchester City won both of those games courtesy of goals in the second half.
Five of Sheffield United’s seven games in all competitions this season ended with under 2.5 goals scored. Just three of those seven games finished with both teams not scoring. Three of Manchester City’s nine games in all competitions ended with under 2.5 goals scored. Two of those games played by Manchester City in which under 2.5 goals were scored saw them drop points.
Manchester City average 2.11 goals per game in all competitions. Guardiola’s team concede an average of 1.11 goals per game in spite of the millions spent on defensive players over the summer.
Can Sheffield United get points off of Manchester City? Injuries and fatigue are setting in at Manchester City. Issues showed against West Ham last weekend. However, Sheffield United are one of the worst teams in the Premier League at the moment. Manchester City should claim a win with under 2.5 goals to set up an epic match with Liverpool next week.
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Sheffield United vs Manchester City Frequently Asked Questions
What stadium will host the Sheff Utd vs Man City Premier League match.
Sheffield United are the home side against Man City this weekend. The match between the two sides will be played at Bramall Lane.A
What are the odds on Sheff Utd to win against Man City on Saturday?
Sheff Utd are the underdogs in this fixture and can be backed at odds of 9/1 to beat Man City on Saturday.A
What are the odds on Man City to win against Sheff Utd on Saturday?
Man City are priced at odds of 8/25 to beat Sheffield United on Saturday afternoon at Bramall Lane.A
What time is kick-off for Sheff Utd vs Man City on Saturday in the Premier League?
The Sheff Utd vs Man City match kicks-off at 12:30 on Saturday 31 October in the Premier League.A