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Preview: Sheffield United vs. Everton - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Premier League clash between Sheffield United and Everton, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Sheffield United's search for their first Premier League win of the season will continue on Boxing Day when they welcome high-flying Everton to Bramall Lane.

The Blades are currently bottom of the table with just two points to show from their first 14 matches of the 2020-21 campaign, while Everton sit fourth, just five points behind league leaders Liverpool.


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Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder pictured on November 22, 2020© Reuters

There is no getting away from the fact that it has been a disastrous start to the season for Sheffield United, who have only picked up two points from their opening 14 Premier League games to sit rock bottom.

The Blades have scored just eight times in their 14 fixtures, conceding 25, and they are 10 points from the safety of 17th position, which is a huge concern heading into the festive period.

There have been signs of encouragement in recent games, though, with Chris Wilder's side impressing in a 3-2 loss to Manchester United on December 17 before picking up a point away at Brighton & Hove Albion last time out.

Sheffield United came close to picking up all three points at the Amex, but Seagulls striker Danny Welbeck levelled the scores at 1-1 in the 87th minute of the contest.

The Blades recorded a 2-0 victory when they travelled to Goodison Park last season but suffered a 1-0 loss to the Merseyside giants when the pair last locked horns at Bramall Lane in July.

Yerry Mina celebrates scoring for Everton against Arsenal in the Premier League on December 19, 2020© Reuters

Everton, meanwhile, will enter Saturday's contest off the back of a 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup on Wednesday night.

The Toffees were disappointing against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side, but a run of three straight Premier League wins has seen Carlo Ancelotti's team rise into fourth position in the table.

Everton are unbeaten in England's top flight since the end of November, and the recent victories over Chelsea, Leicester City and Arsenal is an indication of their improvement this term.

The Merseyside giants will be looking to put a fourth straight league win on the board ahead of a home game against Manchester City on December 28, and there is certainly a chance that they could end 2020 in second spot in the table, which would be some achievement.

Ancelotti's side have won four of their seven away Premier League matches this season, suffering two defeats in the process, while they have picked up seven points from their last three games away from Goodison Park.

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Team News

Everton's Richarlison celebrates with Dominic Calvert-Lewin against Crystal Palace on September 26, 2020© Reuters

Sheffield United will again be without the services of Jack O'Connell, Sander Berge and Kean Bryan through injury, while Oli McBurnie remains a doubt for Saturday's contest due to a shoulder problem.

John Lundstram starts a three-game suspension, meanwhile, meaning that there could be a spot in the middle of the park for Ben Osborn.

Wilder has options for change in the final third of the field, with Oliver Burke and Lys Mousset pushing for starts, although summer arrival Rhian Brewster is again expected to get the nod alongside David McGoldrick.

As for Everton, Lucas Digne, Fabian Delph, Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Allan remain on the sidelines, while James Rodriguez could again miss out with a calf problem.

Richarlison is also expected to be absent, with the Brazil international suffering a head injury during the EFL Cup quarter-final with Man United, meaning that Bernard could be in line for a start.

Jordan Pickford will return between the sticks, while Tom Davies and Mason Holgate should replace Seamus Coleman and Andre Gomes following Wednesday's clash with Solskjaer's team.

Sheffield United possible starting lineup:
Ramsdale; Basham, Egan, Robinson; Baldock, Osborn, Ampadu, Fleck, Stevens; Brewster, McGoldrick

Everton possible starting lineup:
Pickford; Holgate, Mina, Keane, Godfrey; Doucoure, Davies; Iwobi, Sigurdsson, Bernard; Calvert-Lewin


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We say: Sheffield United 1-1 Everton

Everton are expected to be missing a number of important players this weekend, while Sheffield United have shown signs of improvement in recent weeks. The Toffees will be desperate to put another league victory on the board, but we are backing the home side to pick up a point on Boxing Day.


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4Chelsea381910958362267
5Leicester CityLeicester382061268501866
6West Ham UnitedWest Ham381981162471565
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs381881268452362
8Arsenal381871355391661
9Leeds UnitedLeeds38185156254859
10Everton38178134748-159
11Aston Villa38167155546955
12Newcastle UnitedNewcastle38129174662-1645
13Wolverhampton WanderersWolves38129173652-1645
14Crystal Palace38128184166-2544
15Southampton38127194768-2143
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38914154046-641
17Burnley38109193355-2239
RFulham38513202753-2628
RWest Bromwich AlbionWest Brom38511223576-4126
RSheffield UnitedSheff Utd3872292063-4323

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