Match Betting (1x2)

Sheffield United have made a solid start to life in the Premier League. Before the campaign began, the Blades were odds-on favourites to be relegated from the top flight, although that price has now been eased after Chris Wilder’s team have collected four points from two games.

United began with a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth before following this up with a deserved 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace, with Wilder admitting after the match that it’s going to be difficult for visiting teams to Bramall Lane considering his teams are riding on the crest of a wave.

The Yorkshire side are 11/5 with bet365 to continue their fine start with a victory in this clash and United will be playing on the front foot, even if one feels as though there’s a shortage of quality firepower in the ranks.

Equally, Leicester will be confident of winning this match and the bookies have installed the established Premier League side as firm favourites. The Foxes are currently 5/4 with Unibet to follow up that 1-1 draw at Chelsea with three points here.

Brendan Rodgers will have been encouraged with the way that City rallied from 1-0 down at Stamford Bridge to claim a point and that second half performance suggests that they’re in with a good chance of winning.

However, we think the draw is probably the best value of all. Bet365 have 9/4 that this one ends all square and it would be a result that again demonstrates that Sheffield United are going to be hard to beat this season.

First Goalscorer

Chris Wilder will be fully aware that Leicester pose a dangerous attacking threat and that includes Jamie Vardy who, as a former Sheffield Wednesday player, will attract plenty of catcalls. However, the ex-England international looks a good bet at 7/2 with Paddy Power to score the opening clash.

Similarly, the same bookie has the biggest price about James Maddison, with the exciting midfielder having plenty of chances to score the winner at Stamford Bridge and odds of 9/1 are available that he makes amends by scoring the opener in this clash.

With regards to Sheffield United, it’s not clear as to where the goals are going to stem from. However, it’s been David McGoldrick who has been leading the line in both games and Paddy Power have 13/2 that the former Ipswich man manages to find the net first.

John Lundstram was the match winner against Palace and the midfielder is a 20/1 poke to score the opener in this game.

Both Teams to Score

Sheffield United have scored in both matches so far and they’ll be looking for ways to continue this trend against a Leicester team who have been without Harry Maguire since his £80 million move to Manchester United.

Similarly, the Foxes were full of attacking invention at Stamford Bridge and could have added a lot more to the one goal scored which might lead punters to back Both Teams to Score at odds of evens with William Hill.

However, there’s probably a stronger argument for at least one of these teams not to score. The Blades will hope to replicate the blueprint which saw them beat Palace by a single goal, while Leicester’s defence has looked pretty strong.

The Foxes shut out Wolves as part of a goalless draw and managed to weather an early Chelsea storm before they got their act together and shut out the Blues after gifting the opening goal to them.

Therefore, you can bet “No” on the Both Teams to Score market at odds of 4/5 with a degree of confidence and it could be a tighter clash than many suggest.

Over / Under Goals

It’s possible that we won’t see many goalfests at Bramall Lane this season unless Manchester City are the visitors and ready to serve up a feast. Ladbrokes have 4/7 about Under 2.5 Goals and you can understand why the bookies are anticipating a potentially dour contest.

Sheffield United are not going to stay in the Premier League this season down to playing an open and expansive game against teams like Leicester and it’s possible that you could profit from backing Under 1.5 Goals at 2/1 with bet365.

On the flip side, goals can change games and it’s possible that an early Leicester goal will see the game turn on its head. After all, United can only be compact for so long if they are trailing in a match and Over 2.5 Goals is available at 11/8 with William Hill.

We tend to associate Brendan Rodgers with attacking football and he will hope that Jamie Vardy can really stretch the opposition defence, while James Maddison has that attacking midfield wizardry and we might finally see the best of £30 million signing Ayoze Perez.

Correct Score

If we work on the basis that this game will probably be low-scoring, then a 1-1 scoreline is our first starting point. Bet365 are trading 11/2 about this being the outcome and we can see a really hard-fought duel where Sheffield United add one more point to their tally.

As for Leicester, they will be slightly wary in their approach as they take to the road for the second consecutive occasion and haven’t quite clicked from an attacking point-of-view.

It’s interesting that bet365 have 0-0 trading at 7/1 and Leicester’s opening clash against Wolves ended with a goalless draw, with the visitors prepared to soak up any early pressure from the home side.

If you think Leicester can make their class tell, then bet365 have 9/1 about a 2-1 victory for the Foxes.


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