This could be a very interesting matchup between last season’s impressive promoted side and a team who’s heavily tipped to follow suit. Chris Wilder had a stellar first season in the Premier League with Sheffield United last year, eventually finishing ninth after challenging for Europe for the majority of the season, though it’s not been a blistering start to this campaign and they’ll be desperate for it to pick up here.
Indeed, they’ve lost their opening two matches and are the only team yet to get off the mark in terms of goals so far, which can’t be said for their visitors in this clash.
Leeds United have set pulses racing so far, finishing either side of 4-3 scorelines in their opening two games, while no side has scored more than them to this point, albeit very early stages of the campaign. Marcelo Bielsa’s side impressively took the game to champions Liverpool at Anfield but fell to a late penalty, and they’re definitely a side to keep a close eye on this campaign.
Leeds To Beat Sheffield United
This is an extremely difficult game to call, but on form you’d have to go with the visitors. The Blades have lost their last five league matches dating back into last season, scoring just once across those games and against a side as free scoring as Leeds, they may just struggle a bit here.
The hosts made their name as a resolute defensive outfit last season, they’ve conceded two or more in three of those five games, while the exceptions came at home to Everton last year who were struggling with their away form before an excellent transfer window, and Aston Villa on Monday who only barely survived relegation last term.
It’s also on that basis that we’re not comfortable backing ‘Unders’. Last season Chris Wilder’s side had the lowest goals per game ratio in the league with 71% of their matches seeing a maximum of two strikes, compared to a league average of just 48%.
However, although both their matches have followed suit this year, Leeds have seen 14 strikes across their brace of games so far and at this stage of the season, it’s best to steer clear of the goals market in a matchup like this.
Patrick Bamford has started the season brightly, scoring in both their opening day matches. Though with goal threats coming from all over the park for the visitors, and Mattheus Klich and Helda Costa also finding the net twice already, it’s difficult to get behind the forward against an organised backline in a game where goals are by no means a guarantee, and we’ll stick with just the outright bet here.