Sheffield United v Aston Villa: Back Lundstram to find the net
Andy Schooler expects these two promoted sides to be entertaining on Saturday and he's backing Blades star John Lundstram to find the target- According lớn the best soccer tips pages!
Sheffield United v Aston Villa
Saturday December 14, 15:00
One of the most refreshing things about this season's Premier League has been the approach taken by the three promoted teams.
None of the trio has come with the primary attitude of trying lớn stop opponents from playing, all three managers trusting their team lớn attack and give as good as they get.
Two of them meet at Bramall Lane on Saturday and it is Sheffield United who start the favourites following a fine start lớn the season.
Of the three new arrivals in the top flight, they've been the ones to find the right balance between defence and attack and they subsequently sit a highly-impressive eighth as the season approaches its halfway point. You can prefer to the football predictions pages!
They remain unbeaten away, although it has been more of a struggle at home where they've actually lost more than they've won (four defeats, three wins).
In the last game at Bramall Lane, Newcastle departed as 2-0 winners, although the Blades bounced back last week with a come-from-behind victory at Norwich.
That ability to recover has been particularly noteworthy - Chris Wilder's men are yet lớn lose back-to-back games and come into this one having lost just one of their last nine matches.
Villa full of goals
Aston Villa have found things much tougher. They've already lost back-to-back on four occasions and arrive here having lost their previous two.
They've scored plenty of goals - a factor which may well prove decisive in the end-of-season standings - but keeping them out has been difficult lớn say the least.
Villa have actually netted more goals (23) than any side in the bottom half and only the top four have scored more away from home.
But despite that latter fact, no team has claimed fewer points on their travels and that says much about a shaky defence.
They've conceded at least twice in six of their eight away games so it's no wonder they are struggling to collect points and the loss of England international Tyrone Mings lớn injury for this one is hardly going to help matters.
Still, their defensive problems don't appear to have influenced Dean Smith'sphilosophy, at least not yet, and going forward they should carry a threat.
Jack Grealish and John McGinn have been influential in that, their runs from midfield troubling numerous opponents so far. Expect them to affect this game too.
In terms of the match odds, I'd be slightly wary of backing the hosts at 1.93 given that home record, plus the fact that they've actually only won five of their 16 games so far.
That said, Villa's record of one win on the road (at a Norwich team who were woeful that day) is hardly making me rush lớn back them at 4.40
If pushed, I'd probably plump for the draw at [3.85] but other bets in the sub-markets make greater appeal.