Everton will look to get back to winning ways when they host Sheffield United at Goodison Park in the Premier League on Saturday.
The Toffees started the season on a mixed note, struggling a bit with the weight of increased expectations. Marco Silva’s side is tipped to break into the top 6 this season, however, their performances and results leave a lot to be desired.
Despite adding the likes of Moise Kean from Juventus, Alex Iwobi from Arsenal, Fabian Delph from Manchester City and Djibril Sidibe from AS Monaco, the Merseyside club have picked up just 7 points from 5 games and find themselves in 11th place in the PL table.
However, they trail Tottenham in 3rd place by a solitary point, therefore, an improvement in results will still see them get back to their season’s objective. The visit of PL newcomers Sheffield United offers Silva’s men the perfect chance to pick up all 3 points.
Coming to their opponents, Sheffield United have already defied expectations with their start to the season. The Blades were one of the favorites to get relegated this season. While that is still a possibility, Chris Wilder’s side has definitely surprised all with their performances.Embed from Getty Images
They are currently in 15th place, with 5 points from as many games. However, it is the manner of their performances which stand out in every game. The Blades are yet to get thrashed in any game with every result a close one.
Further, a win could see them enter the top half of the table while a loss could result in the relegation places by the end of this round. Thus, the stakes are high for the visitors and they will look to cause maximum trouble to Everton on Saturday.
In terms of team news, Silva will once again be without Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Jonas Lossl. Andre Gomes and Richarlison are doubts for the game as well.
Coming to Sheffield United, Callum Robinson has been passed fit to start the next game while Kean Bryan is expected to miss out. Billy Sharp will miss due to his 3-match ban while Muhamed Besic cannot play against his parent club.
Head-To-Head and Everton vs Sheffield United Prediction
Everton and Sheffield United have faced each other quite a lot over the past century with the former winning 53 while the latter emerged victorious on 47 occasions. The duo met 6 times in the PL, all before the start of this decade. Out of those games, both teams picked up 2 wins apiece.
While they are evenly poised head-to-head, Everton is a stronger team at the moment despite winning just 2 of their 5 games. However, both the victories came on home turf and the Toffees will be favorites to make it 3 in a row at Goodison Park.
Every game involving Sheffield United ended as a stalemate or with a one-goal difference between the teams and the Blades can be expected to keep things tight at the back once again.
Thus, the game promises to be a close one despite the difference in quality and Everton can be expected to win this one at the end of 90 minutes.
Everton Predicted XI: Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne; Schneiderlin, Delph; Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Iwobi; Calvert-Lewin
Sheffield Predicted XI: Henderson; Basham, Egan, O’Connell; Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens; McGoldrick, Robinson