Sheffield United vs. Brentford Predictions, Team News, and Lineups
As though to play the part of spoilers, Liverpool made sure that Wilder’s return to the Bramall Lane sideline would be a difficult one. In the 37th minute, Virgil van Dijk’s powerful finish broke through the 56-year-old’s defence.
Nevertheless, the Blades refused to give up and did not waver. Deep into second-half injury time, Dominik Szoboszlai increased the visitors’ advantage, and Ibrahima Konate narrowly avoided giving up a penalty for what appeared to be a shove on James McAtee. This left Wilder infuriated.
Even if the Blades’ two-goal loss is only one more black mark on their record, they did show improvement from Burnley’s 5-0 thumping of them in Paul Heckingbottom’s final game. Nevertheless, the rankings are still depressing for the Bramall Lane supporters.
In fact, Sheffield United’s loss to Liverpool was their third straight Premier League loss, and they now sit at the bottom of the table with just five points, four behind Luton Town in the safe position of 17th.
Sheffield United’s goal conceded column crossed the 40-mark thanks to goals from Van Dijk and Szoboszlai, 21 of which were shipped at Bramall Lane.
However, the fact that seven of their 11 goals at the right end were scored at home gives little cause for optimism.
Brentford may also take heart from a quick start against the Seagulls at Brighton’s Amex Stadium on Wednesday night, as Mbeumo strolled easily up to the 12-yard line to give the Bees the advantage in that bird fight.
However, in the hour that followed, everything that could go wrong for Thomas Frank’s team did go wrong.
Mbeumo’s effort was cancelled out by Pascal Gross’s excellent strike from the edge of the box in just four minutes. After losing the nimble Cameroonian attacker to injury late in the first half, Brentford gave up the winner shortly after the restart to Jack Hinshelwood, who is eighteen years old.
In the remaining minutes, the Bees created little chance to test a tired Brighton defence.
Ben Mee attempted an injury-time bicycle kick, hoping to channel his inner Alejandro Garnacho, but it went harmlessly wide, as Frank presided over a third straight loss in four games.
Brentford is now in 11th position behind West London rivals Chelsea, who are only ahead on goals scored, despite the highly tight nature of the mid-table spots.
However, the fact that the Bees have now gone five games without a clean sheet may worry some members of the team.
However, Brentford defeated Sheffield United in their most recent competitive match during the 2018–19 Championship season.
The Bees have also defeated newly promoted teams five times in a row in the Premier League, albeit all five meetings took place at the Gtech Community Stadium.
Sheffield United Premier League form:
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Brentford Premier League form:
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Oliver Norwood was booked for the sixth time this season during the Liverpool defeat, while Blades striker Oli McBurnie, who was sent off against Burnley, will serve the second of a two-game suspension on Saturday.
Against the Reds, where all of Daniel Jebbison (illness), Rhian Brewster (thigh), Rhys Norrington-Davies (thigh), Chris Basham (ankle), John Egan (ankle), Tom Davies (thigh), and George Baldock (thigh) were absent, Norwood was only a late substitute. As a result, he is also suspended for Saturday’s match.
If anything, Jayden Bogle will be expected to fill in on the right side this weekend as the majority of the Blades’ injured players are set to remain sidelined until the New Year. However, there have been few details regarding Baldock’s recent injury.
Regarding Brentford, Mbeumo’s season-high seventh goal occurred just 13 minutes prior to the winger being assisted off the field due to an ankle injury; yet, Frank remains oblivious to the severity of Mbeumo’s problem.
However, the 24-year-old’s injury exacerbates Brentford’s injury crisis, which Frank called the worst he has ever faced as a manager.
In addition to the suspended Ivan Toney, all of these players—Rico Henry (knee), Kevin Schade (groin), Aaron Hickey (thigh), Kristoffer Ajer (foot), and Nathan Collins (ankle)—will undoubtedly miss Saturday’s match.
Josh Dasilva (hamstring) and Mathias Jensen (adductor) will also need to be evaluated closer to the game time, although Christian Norgaard should return right away to the starting lineup following his suspension-related absence from the Brighton defeat.
Sheffield United possible starting lineup:
Foderingham; Ahmedhodzic, Trusty, Robinson; Bogle, Hamer, Souza, Lowe; McAtee, Archer; Osula
Brentford possible starting lineup:
Flekken; Roerslev, Pinnock, Mee, Ghoddos; Onyeka, Janelt, Norgaard; Damsgaard, Maupay, Wissa