Sheffield United are one of the oldest English soccer teams having been formed in March 1889 a cool 130 years ago. Known as The Blades due to Sheffield’s history of steel production, Sheffield United play their home fixtures at Bramall Lane, a 32,609 capacity stadium that has been their home since the team’s formation.
The Blades won the first division title all the way back in 1897-88 having been the runners-up the season before and season after. FA Cups were won in 1899, 1902, 1915 and 1925 but the trophy cabinet has been rather bare since.
Sheffield United last competed in the Premier League during the 2006-07 following their promotion from the Championship. An 18th place finish saw them relegated back to the Championship where they stayed for three season before another relegation to League One, the third tier of English soccer.
Despite reaching the playoffs three times, Sheffield United spent six seasons in League One before being promoted as champions in 2016-17. A 10th place finish in their first season back in the Championship was followed by last season’s second-place finish and automatic promotion to the top flight.
Manager Chris Wilder is a Sheffield United fan and does everything in his power to ensure his side performs to the best of their ability. Some even say that Wilder has managed to make members of his squad perform better than they actually should, but it remains to be seen if he can keep this Midas touch when taking on the Premier League’s big sides.
Survival will be Sheffield United’s only goals for the current season, but they are going to need some additions to a squad that was playing League One soccer only a couple of years ago. They will not go down without a fight, yet everything points to them being the side who finishes bottom of the Premier League table in 2019-20.
Who Does Sheffield United Play Next?
Sheffield United may be operating on one of the smallest budgets in the Premier League but nobody is going to want to take them on home or away because they are a potential banana skin. Everyone is expected to beat Sheffield United, making them firm underdogs, something the team thrives on.
The widget below shows who Sheffield United play next. Check it out, look at the recent form and then decide if you think Sheffield United can cause an upset and come away with a share of the spoils.
Sheffield United Full Schedule
Sheffield United’s best chance of securing points this season will be against the smaller teams in the Premier League and when they play at home. The Blades’ fans are vocal and can be quite hostile at times, making for a great atmosphere that will test the mentality of all but the best players.
Look at the full schedule of Sheffield United fixtures and see if there are any games that stand out from the crowd. Also, pay attention to any midweek games where the team has to travel a vast distance the night before, or when Sheffield United play one of the “Big Six” as they could rest players in the previous fixture to ensure they are at full strength for the big game.
Where is Sheffield United in the Premier League Standings?
Any Sheffield United fan in the world would be delighted if their team finishes in 17th place this season, avoiding relegation to the Championship after only one season in the Premier League. The odds are stacked against them, but it is not going to be impossible, merely difficult.
Check out the Premier League standings below and see how Chris Wilder is doing guiding his Sheffield United team to safety this season. Are they close to the relegation zone or have they excelled themselves and are storming up the table?
How to Bet Profitably on Sheffield United?
Sorry Sheffield United fans but the best way to bet profitably on Sheffield United is to bet on them losing. The Blades will go into almost all of their fixtures as firm underdogs purely because the Sheffield United squad lacks any real quality when it comes to the Premier League.
Despite scoring 78 goals last season, an average of 1.7 per game, it is going to be in attack that the Blades are not going to be sharp enough in. Their two best forwards are all aging and are untested at the highest level.
Leon Clarke is 34-years-old now and doesn't have the pace to trouble the majority of Premier League defenders. He may have a goal scoring record of almost one goal every two games, but he's played most of his career in the lower leagues.
Then there's Billy Sharp who is now 33-years old. Sharp holds the record for the most goals scored outside of the Premier League but, again, he has never battled it out in the top flight before.
It is worth a look at Sheffield United's statistics from last season, particularly their defensive capabilities where they only conceded 41 goals in 46 games for an average of 0.89 goals per game. these figures were even better on home soil with an average of 0.74 goals conceded throughout the season.
The defensive nature of Sheffield United last season resulted in only 48 percent of their games triggering the over 2.5 goals markets and only 26 percent seeing 3.5 or more goals scored. The Blades saw 43 percent of their games have both teams scoring.
Sheffield United were slow starters last season with 25 of their games being tied at half time. They were leading at half time 18 times and were only trailing on three occasions.
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