Manchester United take on Sheffield United in the Premier League on Wednesday in a 8:15pm kick-off at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils are guaranteed to end the gameweek top of the table if they can beat the Premier League’s bottom placed team.
Sheff Utd are all but relegated given that they are 12 points behind 17th-placed Brighton at the half-way stage of the season, with every game approaching must win territory if they are to have any chance of surviving.
With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side winning 10 of their last 13 league games and Sheff Utd losing 16 of 19 league games this season, it’s tough to see beyond a comfortable home win, especially with John Egan missing at the heart of Chris Wilder’s defence through suspension.
Seven of those 10 wins saw Man Utd score two or more goals, with Sheff Utd conceding two or more in nine of their defeats, so I will back Man Utd to win & Over 1 Goal for Both Teams Combined.
Solskjaer’s side have scored three goals in each of their three top-flight games against Wilder’s side, with the absence of Egan likely to play a major part in the game.
Peter Bankes officiates this one, and he has shown both teams at least one yellow card in all seven of his PL games this season, averaging 4.29 cards per game.
Rather than backing each team to pick up a card, though, I’m going to back Over 1 Card for Sheff Utd instead.
The Blades have been carded two or more times in 13 of their 19 league games this season, including three times in the 3-2 defeat to Man Utd last month.
Bankes showed Sheff Utd five yellow cards and a red card in their 1-1 draw at Brighton last month, too, so with the gulf in class I think this is a runner.
If you’re looking for a bigger price, 3+ Man Utd goals, 1+ Man Utd card, 2+ Sheff Utd cards, 4+ Man Utd corners and 2+ Sheff Utd corners is 4/1.
In terms of player cards, Phil Jagielka could come in for the suspended Egan, with the veteran defender booked in the reverse fixture. 6/1 (Sky Bet) looks a huge price for him to be cautioned once again.
Oliver Norwood is likely to be tasked with sticking close to Bruno Fernandes, with the midfielder booked twice in his last three starts. He’s 3/1 to pick up another, with midfield partner John Lundstram 4/1 (both Sky Bet). If Jagielka starts, I’ll request a longshot treble, which should be 150/1.
Anthony Martial scored a hat-trick in last season’s 3-0 win over Sheff Utd and has been boosted to a massive 66/1 to do so once again, with Fernandes 7/1 to score from outside of the area as he did in the weekend’s FA Cup victory over Liverpool (both Sky Bet).
Edinson Cavani could be handed another start after scoring at Fulham last week. If so 21/20 (Sky Bet) is a tasty price for a player of his calibre to score anytime, while 11/4 (Betfair) for Fernandes 2+ SOT and Pogba 1+ SOT is also a good price with both players bang in form at the moment.
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