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Sheffield United FC vs Brighton & Hove Albion, free match prediction 25 Apr 2021

25 Apr 2021 | 00:30 | South Yorkshire, Bramall Lane
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Brighton travel to newly relegated Sheffield United aiming to improve survival chances

  • Sheffield United were officially confirmed as relegated last weekend
  • The Blades lost to Wolves, their 26th defeat of the season
  • Brighton claimed a draw against Chelsea and are seven points clear of relegation

Brighton to win 1-0

  • Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021
  • Venue: South Yorkshire, Bramall Lane

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

Now that Sheffield United have been officially confirmed as going down at the end of the campaign, you wonder what kind of effect this will have on them.

Will they throw off their shackles and play with no fear, aiming to reclaim lost pride? Or will they down tools and play as though nothing matters anymore this season? In truth, both situations are possible.

With their 26th defeat of the season, The Blades have suffered through one of the worst campaigns in Premier League history, and one which has claimed the job of former manager Chris Wilder. All that is left now is to try and provide some entertainment for the fans.

As for Brighton, they are likely to be safe come the end of the season, given that they have a seven-point lead over 18th place Fulham, and with a game in hand too.

Despite that, one or two slips could see them dragged back into a survival race, so picking up points here would help to fight against that.

Teams Preview

Sheffield United FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): LLLLL

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Could now play without fear

     Earned a draw with Brighton earlier in the season

Reasons to be fearful:

     Several first team players remain injured

     Have only kept two clean sheets all season

For Sheffield United now, and their temporary manager Paul Heckingbottom, the only objective is to try and make the best of the remaining six games of the season as possible. 

With 26 defeats this season, they could well surpass the record for the most in a single campaign, of which Derby were the most recent side to post 29 losses back in 2007-08.

Considering that the Blades have lost their last five on the bounce, it is a possibility they’ll end up with 32 for the full season – a dreadful tally in truth.

That said, perhaps they’ll play without nerves or fear this weekend, and show Brighton some of the qualities which took them to a 9th place finish last season.

Star Man – David McGoldrick

Has been the one shining light for Sheffield United this season, and has scored 35% of their goals across the campaign so far.

Brighton & Hove Albion Preview

Form Guide (all comps): WWLDD

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Eight points from their last five games

     Just one defeat from their last five

Reasons to be fearful:

     Ben White to miss out due to suspension

     Haven’t scored in their last two games

Brighton will be confident of victory against this newly relegated side, however will need to be cautious as any complacency could cause their opponents to come out playing.

The Seagulls claimed a good point against Chelsea in their last match, one which took them seven points clear of Fulham in 18th place, and they will be confident about staying up this season, especially if they can secure victory here.

They will be without key defender Ben White, who was sent off against Chelsea, with Joel Veltman favourite to replace him here.

Welbeck and Maupay have worked well upfront for Brighton, though the Seagulls haven’t scored in their last two games, something they will want to put right here.

Star Man – Leandro Trossard

The creative midfielder has the tools to open up this dejected Sheffield United side.

SHEFFIELD UNITED FC vs BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION Winning Prediction

     Brighton have the better attack

     United don’t concede many goals, however don’t keep many clean sheets

     A win should be enough to keep Brighton safe

Sheffield United are not only likely to lose here, but also likely to gain the unwanted record of the most defeats in a season, should they lose four of their six remaining games.

While they don’t concede too many goals per match, they have only kept two clean sheets all season, showing that teams usually find a way to break them down.

Brighton are favourites to do that here.

Brighton to win 1-0

Author: Ross B.