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Brighton & Hove Albion vs Sheffield United FC, free match prediction 20 Dec 2020

20 Dec 2020 | 17:30 | Brighton and Hove, Amex Stadium
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Sheffield United impressed in midweek but must step up against Brighton

  • Sheffield United remain marooned at the bottom with one point
  • They played better against Manchester United in midweek, though still lost
  • Brighton continue to play well without earning points

Brighton 1-1 Sheffield United

  • Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021
  • Venue: Brighton and Hove, Amex Stadium

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION vs SHEFFIELD UNITED FC Match Preview & Analysis

Slowly but surely, the weeks of this Premier League season are passing by – we can no longer call it the ‘new season’ when it is more than a third of the way through.

It is incredibly concerning, then, for Sheffield United fans that their team remain at the bottom with a solitary point from their 13 matches to date. Their manager Chris Wilder remains positive, but for how long?

That being said, they certainly upped their performance levels in their midweek fixture against Manchester United – The Blades took the lead, before almost coming back into the match late on after Man United had scored three. They looked more like the Sheffield United of last season.

Brighton remain one of the toughest teams to crack in the league, though are gradually slipping towards the relegation zone. 

Only three bottom half teams have lost more than they have, but with just two wins under their belt, have struggled to turn good play into results.

Teams Preview

Brighton & Hove Albion Preview

Form Guide (all comps): WDLLD

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Five points from five matches could be worse

     Points will come if they continue playing well

Reasons to be fearful:

     Won one of last 10 meetings

     Winless in last 10 Premier League home matches

If Brighton, under head coach Graham Potter, can continue to play with the same performance levels for the remainder of the season, they should be comfortably safe in the Premier League, and even push a little higher than where they sit now, in 16th place.

They have some good players – Leandro Trossard for example has looked lively almost in every game he’s played. He’s also been desperately unlucky, hitting the woodwork four times this season, more than any other player in the league.

They may have to do without star right-back Tariq Lamptey who is suffering with an injury. 

Like their opponents, Brighton are rarely comfortable beaten, with the 3-0 defeat against Leicester perhaps the only one-sided victory going against them.

By and large, they are a difficult team to beat, but will need to be up for a fight against a desperate Sheffield United side this weekend.

Star Man – Pascal Gross

Has been involved in four of Brighton’s last five goals (2 goals, 2 assists).

Sheffield United FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): LLLLL

Reasons to be cheerful

     Won two and draw one of their last three meetings with Brighton

     Played much better against Manchester United

Reasons to be fearful 

     Have officially made the worst-ever start to an English top division season

     The only side not to earn a clean sheet this season

Almost all of the statistics available suggest that things couldn’t get any worse for Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United side.

They not only sit bottom of the Premier League table, they are completed marooned, with just a single point from 13 matches, officially the worst-ever start to a season in an English top division.

That being said, they played with remarkable courage against a Manchester United side who have won all of their away matches this season. The Blades took the lead early on and gave the Red Devils a real run for their money, until the team from Manchester hit back with three goals either side of half time.

They looked more like the team which finished 9th last season, though they’ll need to get themselves up again for a potential relegation clash.

Star Man – David McGoldrick

His energetic performance against Man United was rewarded with two goals which almost claimed a point.

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION vs SHEFFIELD UNITED FC Winning Prediction

     This will be a tight fought contest

     Both managers will demand a high-energy performance

     May finish honours even

At this stage, anything more than a point on the board would be a great result for Chris Wilde.

His Sheffield United showed improvement in midweek, but must now translate that to points. They have a good opportunity to do so against a Brighton side who have worked hard but failed to earn the points their displays deserve.

A draw could work well for both sides.

Brighton 1-1 Sheffield United

Author: Ross B.