High fliers Sheffield United host strugglers Norwich in the Premier League in one of five 3pm kick-offs. There is a huge gap of 19 points between the pair. Sheffield United are sitting pretty in 8th place with more than half an eye on European football next season whilst Norwich are propping up the division, six points from safety. Ahead of this fixture containing two of the three promoted clubs from last season, we will be taking a look at the betting tips surrounding the fixture, with both Chris Wilder and Daniel Farke aiming to come out on top
Sheffield United come into the match unbeaten in their last three fixtures, winning two. A score draw home to Brighton somewhat halted their progression towards the Champions League places, something that not even in the wildest dreams of any United fan could they have imagined happening. Currently possessing the second tightest defense in the league, it is no wonder the Blades are doing such a fantastic job this season, winning many plaudits from around the world. Their teamwork and sheer determination this season is a thing of beauty to behold. They will be fresh from having a two week break due to their postponed fixture with Aston Villa last weekend due to the Villians participation in the Carabao Cup Final.
Norwich snapped a four game winless run with a crucial win at Carrow Road over Champions League contenders Leicester City with a hard fought 1-0 win, courtesy of a goal from left back Jamal Lewis volleying into the bottom corner. A win that now leaves the Canaries 6 points away from safety following a weekend that saw all 3 teams above them claim surprise victories. Norwich have been a delight to watch this season, taking on the majority of teams with their fast paced style of play, however their naivety has cost them dearly, leaving themselves exposed to superior opponents who will capitalize on mistakes more than the Championship opposition they faced last season. Expect a similar line-up to the one that beat Leicester a week ago.
This will only be the 2nd encounter between the two sides in the Premier league. Sheffield United closed out a closely fought encounter when the teams last met back in December, securing a 2-1 win at Carrow Road. In their Championship fixtures last season, the top 2 teams played out a 2-2 draw at Carrow Road whilst The Blades secured a 2-1 victory at the beginning of last season. The statistics show that even though close the teams are in fact not too far apart quality wise, it is Sheffield United getting the rub of the green with Premier League safety all but secured for a second consecutive Top Flight season on the Horizon.
With both teams not exactly blessed with goal scorers, a tough match with few goals are expected between the two promoted sides. It is such statistics that lead us to advise punters to back the UNDER 2.5 goals market, which can be found at best odds of 1.8 with bookmaker SkyBet. It is worth keeping in mind that the teams have only scored 29 and 25 goals respectively in their 28 games played this season. This is why we have gone for the unders market, as we feel the odds are particularly well priced.
Our top betting tip for the match between Sheffield United and Norwich City this weekend is to bet on the split of the spoils, ending in a draw, which is available at appealing odds of 3.80 with bookmaker SkyBet. Despite the distance between the two teams in the table, and with Norwich’s urgent need for points, we feel that they will sneak an away point against the Blades, which could prove to be crucial come the end of the season. Every point counts at this season. The final ten games of the season will be of vital importance to see whether they will be maintaining their status as a Premier League club or drop back down into the Championship.