The Blades are yet to pick up three points this season and now have to travel to Anfield, where Liverpool have not lost at home in the Premier League since 2017. Jack Sivill looks ahead to this Saturday night clash between the Premier League Champions and out of form Sheffield Utd and provides his best betting tips.
Who is playing?
Liverpool vs Sheffield United
What competition is it?
Premier League Matchweek 6
What time is Liverpool vs Sheffield United?
20:00 GMT, Saturday 24th October 2020
Which stadium is hosting Liverpool vs Sheffield United?
Anfield, Liverpool, United Kingdom
What channel is Liverpool vs Sheffield United on?
BT Sport 1
Liverpool vs Sheffield United Summary
After a last minute VAR disallowed goal against Merseyside rivals Everton breaking Liverpool hearts, Jurgen Klopp will still be happy with how his men bounced back from their embarrassing 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa prior to the international break. With injuries and much greater competition this season, Liverpool have a lot of work to do if they are to retain the Premier League and win their first ever back-to-back Premier League titles.
It’s been a miserable start for Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United, picking up just one point from their first opening five fixtures and now having to travel to Anfield and face the Premier League champions who have not lost at home in the Premier League since April 2017. A hopeful second season in the Premier League with aspirations of another top half finish and potential to get closer to Europe could turn into a relegation scrap for the Blades if they don’t turn things around.
Liverpool Team News and Form
The Reds started strongly in their first ever Premier League title defence, with an opening day win against an exciting Leeds United side and very good results against two of the ‘big six’ in Chelsea and Arsenal, picking up a maximum nine points from their first three games. Although after a disastrous trip to Villa Park and VAR taking away three points in their most recent trip to Goodison Park, there is definitely work to do for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
A home fixture against a team out of form and without a win so far in the Premier League this season could be just what the doctor ordered for Liverpool who will be desperate to get back on track and get back to winning ways. With a narrow win and clean sheet in their recent Champions League trip to Amsterdam on Wednesday and Klopp bringing off Liverpool’s front three at the hour mark the Reds will be confident despite some injury blows.
The big news this week all around football is Liverpool’s star centre-back and the 2019 PFA Players’ Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk being out for at least seven months after suffering an injury in Liverpool’s 2-2 draw against Everton. With Allison still out and Joel Matip still a doubt for Saturday’s clash, Liverpool’s defence will feel fragile, especially as they have one of the worst defensive records in the League this season.
Sheffield United Team News and Form
Sheffield United couldn’t of asked for a better return to the Premier League since their last season in 2007, with a top half finish after many fans and pundits tipping them to go straight back down. Although they have found out just how ruthless the Premier League can be after picking up just one point from their opening five games thanks to a late penalty from Billy Sharp in a 1-1 against Fulham last Saturday.
It’s been a busy transfer window for Chris Wilder spending almost £20m on Aaron Ramsdale from AFC Bournemouth who’s yet to keep a clean sheet between the sticks this season. They also signed Rhian Brewster from Liverpool for a hefty £23m who got his first minutes in a Sheffield United shirt in their 1-1 against Fulham after coming off the bench, although could not make an instant impact but with 10 goals in the Championship for Swansea last season will be keen to start scoring for the Blades.
Max Lowe made his first appearance last Saturday against Fulham after moving to Blades from Derby, although suffered an early concussion and was forced off and looks set to join the injury list. On a more positive note, Ethan Ampadu could return to the back line, allowing Enda Stevens to return to his usual left-wing back role rather than playing in the back three.
Liverpool Last Five Matches
- Ajax (A) 0-1 Champions League win
- Everton (A) 2-2 Premier League draw
- Aston Villa (A) 7-2 Premier League defeat
- Arsenal (H) 0-0 (4-5p) EFL Cup defeat
- Arsenal (H) 3-1 Premier League win
Sheffield United Last Five Matches
- Fulham (H) 1-1 Premier League draw
- Arsenal (A) 2-1 Premier League defeat
- Leeds United (H) 0-1 Premier League defeat
- Aston Villa (A) 1-0 Premier League defeat
- Burnley (A) 1-1 (5-4) EFL Cup defeat
Liverpool Top Goalscorers
- Mohamed Salah (6 Premier League goals this season) – Liverpool’s Egyptian king is firing on all cylinders yet again this season, averaging over a goal a game and carrying on his fine form from his transfer to Liverpool in 2017
- Sadio Mane (4 Premier League goals this season) – Not too far behind Salah is lightning quick Sadio Mane scoring four out of four this season. An excellent record from the African who is crucial for this Liverpool side.
Sheffield United Top Goalscorers
- Billy Sharp (1 Premier League goal this season) – Billy Sharp was off the mark for the season in his most recent appearance against Fulham slotting away his penalty. He’ll be hoping to add to this tally hoping to keep the Blades up.
- David McGoldrick (1 Premier League goal this season) – McGoldrick opened his scoring account earlier in the season in Sheffield United’s narrow defeat to Arsenal and has been his only goal so far this season.
- Liverpool have won 27 of their last 28 Premier League matches
- Liverpool have the joint worst defensive record so far this season alongside newly promoted West Brom
- Sheffield United have lost six of their last seven away Premier League matches
- Liverpool have won their last three home matches against Sheffield United in all competitions
|2nd January 2020||LIV 2-0 SHE||Premier League|
|28th September 2019||SHE 0-1 LIV||Premier League|
|24th February 2004||LIV 4-0 SHE||Premier League|
|19th August 2006||SHE 1-1 LIV||Premier League|
|21st January 2003||LIV 0-2 SHE||League Cup|
Jack’s Betting Tips
Anfield is a fortress for Liverpool and every game Liverpool have played in the league this season has had over 1.5 goals. The Reds managed just a single goal midweek against a strong opponent in Ajax, but Jurgen Klopp gave their star men Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane reduced playing time so they should be sharp for this Premier League tie.
Unsurprisingly, a team that conceded seven in one game has one of the worst defensive records in the league. That might have been a one off result, but losing Virgil van Dijk could be costly in keeping out the opposition, especially if the Reds continue to play with such a high line. They were fortunate not to concede against Ajax in midweek, who had efforts cleared off the goal line and rattling off the post. Both of Sheffield United’s Premier League goals this season have come after the 80th minute, and they could find more success late on.
Four out of Five of Liverpool’s Premier League games this season have had over 3.5 goals. With Salah on form and Sheffield United out of form it could be a goal fest for Liverpool.
*Odds as of the time of writing (Thursday 22nd October 2020) and subject to change
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