class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>The Blades and the Red Devils have consistently started slow in the Premier League and our tipster expects most of the action to come after half-time
Sheffield United are looking for their first Premier League win of the season when they host Manchester United on Thursday.
The rock-bottom Blades are the only team yet to pick up a victory and are already eight points from safety heading into this gameweek, with their only positive result being a draw against fellow strugglers Fulham back in October.
Sheffield United vs Manchester United Latest Odds
Sheffield United have lost 14 of their last 15 Premier League games dating back to last season, and bet365 make them rank 6/1 (7.0) outsiders to arrest that run in style here.
Man Utd boast a 100 per cent away record this season and are just 4/9 (1.44) for another three points at Bramall Lane.
The sides drew 3-3 on this ground last season after an injury-time equaliser from Oli McBurnie and another stalemate is available at 18/5 (4.60).
Sheffield United vs Manchester United Team News
McBurnie faces a late fitness test after injuring his shoulder in Sheffield United’s loss at Southampton, whilst Kean Bryan and Jack O’Connell are long-term absentees.
Edinson Cavani missed Man Utd’s 0-0 draw with rivals Man City but could be available for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer here. Phil Jones is the only player definitely unavailable.
Sheffield United vs Manchester United Preview
The Red Devils’ goalless draw at home to neighbours City was one of the more tepid affairs this season and it was yet another game where United failed to offer much before the break.
In fact, only once this season have they been ahead at half-time and their tally of five goals in the opening 45 minutes is the fifth-lowest in the Premier League – hardly surprising given Solskjaer’s side have not netted in the first half in any of their last four games.
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The only team with a worse first half record is Sheffield United, with no side managing fewer than their three goals in the first period.
Sheffield United vs Manchester United Tips and Predictions
Given how ineffective the attacks of both teams have been in the opening 45 minutes this season, the best bet for this game comes in the form of backing the second half to have the most goals at Evens (2.0) with bet365.
This selection would have paid out in seven of Man Utd’s 11 fixtures and in six of the Blades’ 12, whilst also worthy of consideration is backing under 0.5 first half goals at 2/1 (3.0).
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.