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Three defeats on the trot for Crystal Palace has seen them drop down to 13th, though it’s all vacuous at this stage of the season as they’re in no danger of relegation, and have never looked like challenging for Europe either, so it’s another season of mid-table mediocrity for The Eagles who will already be planning their summer transfer window ahead of the new campaign.
Sheffield United are another who will be preparing for life next season as their two-season spell back in the top-flight has come to an end.
The Blades took their first win under the management of Paul Heckingbottom against Brighton, though it was normal service resumed as they succumbed to a heavy 4-0 defeat to Spurs last weekend to make it six defeats in seven matches now as they’ve really struggled to mix it with the best this season.
Indeed, the Blades have picked up 1.1 points per game against the current bottom-seven sides which, if replicated against sides above that bracket, would have been enough to keep them up this season, though a run of W2-L22 against teams 13th and above leaves their chances here exceptionally thin.
One thing that is in their favour here is the fact that this is at Bramall Lane where they’ve picked up 76% of their points this year, and that could certainly give them a spark of hope in this dead rubber fixture.
Both Teams To Score
Palace have managed a respectable 1.81 ppg up against the bottom half, winning four of their five unbeaten matches against the current relegation zone sides, with 2-1 and 5-1 away wins at Craven Cottage and the Hawthorns, respectively.
The London side have a relatively poor W5-D3-L8 record on the road this season, with only the current bottom four and Southampton picking up fewer points away from home this season, though while we wouldn’t expect them to get turned over by the Blades, there’s every reason to believe Heckingbottom’s side can get on the scoresheet.
Palace have kept just one clean sheet on the road all season and that came in a dire 0-0 draw at the Emirates, with all five of their victories seeing them concede exactly one.
Meanwhile, the hosts have at least found the net in half of their games at Bramall Lane this season, including against bottom-half sides West Brom, Fulham, Newcastle, and Brighton, so the both teams to score market looks a good price at just shy of evens.