West Ham will look to get back to winning ways when they host Sheffield United at the London Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.
The Hammers are continuing their inconsistent start to the season, a few good results followed by disappointing performances in others. They are currently 11th in the league table, with 12 points in 9 games.
While they are level on points with 4 other teams up to Tottenham in 7th, they are only 4 points of Newcastle in 18th. Thus, the table is pretty slippery at the moment and the London club will look to keep moving in the right direction.
Manuel Pellegrini has done a decent job so far, in terms of building a solid team with talented players. Now, getting this side to be consistent is what he will be looking for when Sheffield United roll into town over the weekend.
Coming to United, the newly-promoted side is defying all expectations so far. Expected to be relegation fodder, the Blades are thrilling and thriving their fans and neutral alike as they stand 9th in the league table. While they too have 12 points like the Hammers, Chris Wilder’s side is ahead due to their superior goal difference.Embed from Getty Images
Further, they will travel to London high on confidence after beating Arsenal 1-0 at Bramall Lane on Monday night. Wilder has built a robust team who can grit it out in the PL with their unique style of overlapping centre-backs.
Thus, this contest promises to be a cracker and both teams can be expected to go for the win.
In terms of team news, Lukasz Fabianksi is out until next year while Winston Reid and Michail Antonio are doubts for the game. Aaron Cresswell is expected to be fit for the game while Andriy Yarmolenko will start after coming off the bench last weekend due to international exertions.
Meanwhile, one of Wilder’s strengths has been to assign clear roles to all his players and their continued availability is a great boost for the Blades gaffer.
Head-To-Head and West Ham vs Sheffield United Prediction
In terms of head-to-head, both teams have faced 87 times in their entire history, with the Hammers winning 30 to United’s 37. The duo met just 4 times in the PL era, with the latest one coming way back in 2007. The last meeting between the two was in the League Cup back in 2014, which ended in a draw.
Thus, both teams have no recent encounters and this will prove to be new ground for the two. Looking at recent form, West Ham are winless in their last 4 across all competitions, losing 3 of them, including a 4-0 loss to Oxford United in the Carabao Cup.
On the other hand, the Blades have kept a clean sheet in 3 of their last 4 games and are a difficult side to break down. Thus, this game promises to be a low-scoring one with just 15 goals seen in their 9 games so far.
Therefore, both teams can be expected to share the spoils in this one at the end of 90 minutes.
West Ham Predicted XI: Roberto; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Rice; Yarmolenko, Noble, Lanzini, Anderson; Haller
Sheffield United Predicted XI: Henderson; Basham, Egan, O’Connell; Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens; McGoldrick, Mousset