Sheffield United vs Brentford prediction 09.12.2023

Sheffield United

Sheffield United

1 : 0

Brentford

Brentford

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  • Competition: Premier League
  • Date: Saturday, 9th December 2023
  • Kickoff: 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
  • Venue: Bramall Lane (Sheffield)

After securing the Premier League by finishing second in the Championship last year, most football experts expected a challenging season for Sheffield in the English top-flight division. Due to a poor Summer transfer window and numerous injuries, it became clear that the difficult season is ahead of the Blades. However, probably no one expected them to be as poor as they currently are. Right now, Sheffield United are 20th with only five points from 15 rounds. Luckily, they are still five points away from the safe zone, and with only a couple of wins, the Blades could drastically change the situation. But from what we have seen so far, Sheffield have very little to be optimistic about.

Brentford are constantly getting better in the previous decade and a half. Not that long ago, the Bees played in League Two but slowly became one of the stable Premier League teams. This season, Brentford are once again doing OK in the Premier League, as they are currently 11th with 19 points - already 12 away from the danger zone. And they are doing all of it without their key striker, Ivan Toney, who is suspended for betting. Our impression is that they are still not ready to be a team that battles for European spots, and another mid-table league finish is a much more realistic scenario. 

Sheffield United vs Brentford pick: Over 2.5 goals

Sheffield United have the worst defensive record in the Premier League this season, and it is not even close. So far, they allowed 41 goals in 15 rounds - 2.73 per game, and even though there were some signs of improvement in early November when they won four points in two games, the following three games were terrible. In those three games, they allowed ten goals, with a devastating 5:0 loss to last season's Championship winners, Burnley. Because of that terrible defensive record, Sheffield United were over 2.5 goals 11 of 15 times (73%).

Brentford are in poor form, with three losses in the last four games, but to be fair, it was against good competition. Still, allowing seven goals in four games is problematic. Combined with only two wins away from home in eight games in all competitions, we simply do not trust them enough to win the upcoming game vs the last-placed Sheffield. Instead, an over 2.5 goals bet looks a lot better, considering the Bees were over 2.5 goals in four of the last five matches. 

Additionally, the Bees were over 2.5 goals in all three games against the teams from the bottom of the league with a 7:4 goal difference. We have seen 3.67 goals per game in those games, and considering Sheffield's awful defensive performances, we think we should see another high-scoring game. 

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Sheffield United vs Brentford Head to Head (H2H) stats

  1. Sheffield United

    2 : 0

    Brentford

    Championship

  2. Brentford

    2 : 3

    Sheffield United

    Championship

  3. Brentford

    1 : 1

    Sheffield United

    Championship

  4. Sheffield United

    1 : 0

    Brentford

    Championship

  5. Sheffield United

    0 : 0

    Brentford

    League One

Sheffield United

Sheffield United team news

Striker Oli McBurnie received a red card against Burnley and missed the previous game against Liverpool. Since that was his second red card of the season, the 27-year-old Scot will miss an additional game and is unavailable against the Bees as well. 

For the majority of the season, Sheffield United had problems with injuries, and the game against Brentford is no different. The team could miss up to seven players: Rhian Brewster, Chris Basham, Thomas Davies, Ismaila Coulibaly, Dabuek Jebbison, Rhys Norrington-Davies, and the newest addition on the injury list, George Baldock. 

The club sacked coach Paul Heckingbottom on December 5th, with Chris Wilder taking over the team. The Blades lost their first game under the new coach, 2:0, against Liverpool at Bramall Lane. This is the second time Wilder is in charge of Sheffield United. He spent almost five years with the club (between 2016 and 2021), guiding the team from League One to the Premier League. 

Last matches of Sheffield United

  1. Sheffield United

    0 : 2

    Liverpool

    Premier League

  2. Burnley

    5 : 0

    Sheffield United

    Premier League

  3. Sheffield United

    1 : 3

    AFC Bournemouth

    Premier League

  4. Brighton & Hove Albion

    1 : 1

    Sheffield United

    Premier League

  5. Sheffield United

    2 : 1

    Wolverhampton Wanderers

    Premier League

Sheffield United lineup

Goalkeeper

  • 18

    Wesley Foderingham

Defenders

  • 19

    Jack Robinson

  • 15

    Anel Ahmedhodzic

  • 5

    Auston Trusty

Midfielders

  • 20

    Jayden Bogle

  • 21

    Vini Souza

  • 28

    James McAtee

  • 8

    Gustavo Hamer

  • 3

    Max Lowe

Forwards

  • 32

    Will Osula

  • 10

    Cameron Archer

Brentford

Brentford team news

A key midfielder, Christian Norgaard, served his one-game suspension in the previous game vs Brighton and should be back in the starting lineup.

Just like Sheffield, Brentford also have major injury problems. The newest addition to the injury list is Bryan Mbeumo, who suffered an ankle injury against Brighton and had to leave the field after 40 minutes. Besides him, the ones who missed the previous games should remain sidelined: Rico Henry, Aaron Hickey, Kevin Schade, Kristoffer Ajer, Nathan Collins, Mathias Jensen, and Joshua Dasilva. 

Also, as most people know, striker Ivan Toney is still suspended for breaching the betting rules. He will return to the field on January 16th, 2024.

Last matches of Brentford

  1. Brighton & Hove Albion

    2 : 1

    Brentford

    Premier League

  2. Brentford

    3 : 1

    Luton Town F.C.

    Premier League

  3. Brentford

    0 : 1

    Arsenal

    Premier League

  4. Liverpool

    3 : 0

    Brentford

    Premier League

  5. Brentford

    3 : 2

    West Ham United

    Premier League

Brentford lineup

Goalkeeper

  • 1

    Mark Flekken

Defenders

  • 30

    Mads Roerslev

  • 5

    Ethan Pinnock

  • 16

    Ben Mee

  • 27

    Vitaly Janelt

Midfielders

  • 15

    Ogochukwu Onyeka

  • 6

    Christian Norgaard

  • 33

    Yegor Yarmolyuk

Forwards

  • 23

    Kevin Lewis-Potter

  • 7

    Neal Maupay

  • 11

    Yoane Wissa

4 Reasons why we should see three or more goals

  1. Sheffield were 11 times over 2.5 goals in 15 Premier League games
  2. Sheffield United allowed 41 goals in 15 league games - 2.73 per game
  3. Sheffield conceded 11 goals in the previous three games
  4. Brentford were over 2.5 goals in four of the last five games

Main prediction Sheffield United - Brentford

Over 2.5 goals

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Sheffield United & Brentford current standing in Premier League

Regular Season P W D L
G - A
GD Pts
1 Liverpool 23 15 6 2 52 - 22 +30 51
2 Arsenal 23 15 4 4 47 - 22 +25 49
3 Manchester City 21 14 4 3 51 - 24 +27 46
4 Aston Villa 23 14 4 5 49 - 30 +19 46
5 Tottenham Hotspur 23 13 5 5 49 - 35 +14 44
6 Manchester United 23 12 2 9 31 - 32 -1 38
7 West Ham United 23 10 6 7 36 - 36 0 36
8 Brighton & Hove Albion 23 9 8 6 42 - 38 +4 35
9 Newcastle United 23 10 3 10 48 - 37 +11 33
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 23 9 5 9 37 - 37 0 32
11 Chelsea 23 9 4 10 38 - 39 -1 31
12 AFC Bournemouth 22 7 6 9 30 - 41 -11 27
13 Fulham 23 7 5 11 30 - 38 -8 26
14 Crystal Palace 23 6 6 11 26 - 40 -14 24
15 Brentford 21 6 4 11 31 - 36 -5 22
16 Nottingham Forest 23 5 6 12 28 - 41 -13 21
17 Luton Town 22 5 5 12 32 - 42 -10 20
18 Everton 23 8 5 10 26 - 30 -4 19
19 Burnley 23 3 4 16 24 - 47 -23 13
20 Sheffield United 23 2 4 17 19 - 59 -40 10

Sheffield United vs Brentford - FAQ

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Where to watch?

You can find the match officially on the Arena Sport channel.

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How much is the average xG for Sheffield United this season?

The average xG for Sheffield United in the Premier League this season is 0.77.

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How much is the average xG for Brentford this season?

The average xG for Brentford in the Premier League this season is 1.45.