Sheffield United vs West Brom Betting Preview – 14/12/2018

Sheffield United vs West Brom Betting Preview – 14/12/2018

Sheffield United vs West Brom

Two sides chasing automatic promotion from the Championship clash at Bramall Lane on Friday night with both vying for three points to strengthen their hand ahead of the hectic Christmas period. Both sides have collected 11 points from their last six league matches with none being more controversial than West Brom’s stoppage-time equaliser against Aston Villa last weekend, which has been labelled ‘The Hand of Rod’.

Sheffield United were frustrated for large parts of their game at Reading, which saw them have a couple chalked off before the break for offside. Billy Sharp’s goal with seven minutes to go gave relief to the Blades and that was eased following Sam Baldock’s own goal moments later to double their lead. Sharp has scored 40 Football League goals under Wilder’s management, for the Blades, and when that’s happened, United have never lost (W34, D6). The 32-year-old is 13/10 with Ladbrokes to score in this game and he could well add to his current tally of 11.

Things haven’t been easy of late at Bramall Lane with United failing to see off city rivals Wednesday in the Steel City Derby where David McGoldrick missed a penalty, then they fell to defeat here against Leeds last time following an error from goalkeeper Dean Henderson. The Blades are 5/4 to make it two wins on the spin, and close the gap to two points on second place Leeds, but they’ve drawn two of their last four home games, so the draw at 13/5 could appeal.

West Brom are unbeaten in five following the 2-2 draw against Aston Villa, where the Baggies were definitely fortunate. That result came just days after a 1-1 draw with Brentford, a game that they should really have had won by half time with the chances Rodriguez and Hal Robson-Kanu spurned. That came back to haunt them when Lewis MacLeod equalised in stoppage time for Brentford, so it hasn’t been dull watching the Baggies with plenty of late drama.

Darren Moore’s side have won their last two away games, at Ipswich and Swansea, by 2-1 scorelines, and are 11/5 to get back to winning ways in Yorkshire. The league’s top scorers will be pushing forward in numbers in a bid to get the three points but the Blades are quite solid at the back and have players that can cause issues on the counter-attack. The worry for Moore is they have the worst average, of the top six sides, for expected goals against, with an average of 1.42xGA per game, so that leaky backline could come back to haunt them further down the line and prove costly in their bid to immediately bounce back to the top-flight.

Recommended Bets:

Both teams to score at 11/20 with 888 Sport – BET HERE

Billy Sharp to score anytime at 11/10 with Bet365 – BET HERE