Southampton vs. Sheffield United Prediction, 7/26/20
Sitting 8th in the Premier League, Sheffield United will make their first trip to Southampton since 2009, visiting 12th-placed Saints in their final game of the 2019-20 season. Kick-off - at 11:00 AM ET on Sunday, July 26.
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Southampton Beat The Cherries
Southampton extended their current unbeaten streak to six consecutive Premier League contests (W3 D3) after banking a 2-0 victory against struggling Bournemouth away at Vitality Stadium last Sunday. Danny Ings opened the scoring in the 41st minute before having his penalty saved in the second half, only for Bournemouth’s stoppage-time equalizer to be ruled out by VAR ahead of the Saints’ second strike of the night courtesy of Che Adams, who buried his second marker of the season eight minutes into injury time. Southampton sits 12th in the EPL with a W14 D7 L16 record.
English striker Ings leads the Saints with 21 Premier League markers, trailing Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy by two goals for the Golden Boot award. Alex McCarthy, meanwhile, occupies the 15th place in the EPL’s goalkeeper chart with 77 saves. He has picked up seven clean sheets in 27 appearances during the ongoing campaign and allows a tally every 71 minutes on average. Southampton has netted the 9th highest amount of league strikes this year (48) while posting the 6th highest amount of shots per game (13.1). The team is 11th in ball possession (48.7%) and 2nd from the bottom in passing accuracy (72.8%).
Sheffield Lose Second In Row
The hopes of European soccer for the next season were finally dashed for Sheffield United, who dropped a 1-0 decision against Everton at Bramall Lane on Monday, thus extending their losing skid to two games. The Blades controlled the ball 51% of the time and outshot the visitors 8-5, but failed to register a single attempt on target in a home league fixture for the first time since August 2016, when they were beaten 3-0 by Southend in League One. Sheffield United have now lost four of their nine EPL outings since the restart of English soccer (W3 D2 L4), as many as they had in 21 contests prior (W9 D8 L4). The team is 8th in the standings with a W14 D12 L11 record.
Forwards Lys Mousset and Oli McBurnie top the Blades’ scoring table with six league markers each. Goalie Dean Henderson, meanwhile, sits 9th in the Premier League with 96 saves. He has recorded 13 clean sheets in 35 contests during the current campaign and gives up a goal every 105 minutes of play. Sheffield United have netted the 14th highest amount of league goals this season (38), while delivering the absolute lowest quantity of shots per game (9.4). The team is 4th from the bottom in both ball possession (44.7%) and passing accuracy (74.6%).
Ex-Liverpool striker Danny Ings just can’t stop scoring for Southampton this season (21 snipes) and will definitely be eager to find the back of the net some more to catch up with Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy (23) in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot. His excellent form will be a nuisance for Sheffield United, who are on the verge of recording three consecutive defeats for the first time this season and have already failed to triumph in any of their previous five league travels (D2 L3). Interestingly, each of the last five meetings between the two sides in all competitions have seen a red card, making a sending off in this fixture quite a tempting possibility to consider as well.
Southampton to win (+115)
Danny Ings to score anytime (-115)
Red card (+595)