- Sheffield United have scored in three of their last four league games.
- Everton have kept just two clean sheets in their last 13 Premier League fixtures.
- Everton have scored at least once in all but two of their league assignments this season.
- Sheffield United have drawn one and lost six of their Premier League home matches this term.
Blades’ search for first win continues
Sheffield United remain the only team in the Premier League yet to win a game this season, though the rock bottom Blades have shown some signs of life in recent outings.
Chris Wilder’s charges produced a spirited display despite their eventual defeat to Man Utd in their last fixture at Bramall Lane, and the Blades managed to earn a useful point at Brighton in their most recent test last week.
That first victory of the campaign remains elusive however, and Sheffield United’s chances of taking three points for the first time against top four dwellers Everton feel slim.
Toffees’ cup setback
Everton’s Carabao Cup adventure ended in mid-week when the Toffees were dumped out of the quarter finals by a superior Manchester United side at Goodison Park.
Carlo Ancelotti chose to name a full strength XI for Wednesday’s cup clash, and the head injury picked up by star attacker Richarlison compounded the Italian’s misery on what proved a hugely frustrating evening.
In the Premier League, the picture is looking far more promising however, and the Blues travel to the Steel City on Boxing Day armed with a three-match winning streak.
Goals likely at both ends at Bramall Lane
With Richarlison likely absent due to concussion protocols, and Everton certain to be a little jaded following their mid-week Carabao Cup exploits, Sheffield United can give the Toffees a run for their money on Saturday, and we expect both teams to score at Bramall Lane as a result.
The Blades have notched at least once in all but one of their last four Premier League fixtures, while Everton’s sometimes suspect defending has seen them keep just two clean sheets in their last 13 top-flight games.
The Toffees rarely fail to register themselves however, and their record of scoring in 12 of their 14 league matches since the summer highlights just how threatening they have become under Carlo Ancelotti’s direction.
It’s that extra oomph in the final third that can eventually fire Everton to three points on Boxing Day in what should prove a tricky fixture to navigate, which is why we’ve tipped the Blues to win 2-1 in our correct score prediction.
Everton found the net exactly twice in each of their last two Premier League victories, and another brace should allow the Toffees to gather the points against a Blades team that shipped two or fewer goals in 11 of their 14 league fixtures so far.
Sheffield United injuries and team news
John Lundstram is suspended after his sending off against Brighton, while Jack O’Connell, Sander Berge and Kean Bryan all miss out through injury.
Oliver McBurnie will be assessed closer to kick-off, while Rhian Brewster could start up front alongside David McGoldrick.
Everton injuries and team news
Richarlison was forced off in Everton’s Carabao Cup loss to Manchester United with what looked like a concussion and the Brazilian expected to miss the trip to Sheffield United as a result.
James Rodriguez is still battling to be fit, though Allan, Lucas Digne, Fabian Delph and Jean-Philippe Gbamin are all likely to miss out.