A late-season match-up will big future implications will unfold Monday afternoon as Everton battle Sheffield United. Both sides have had spells of bad runs, though both the Toffees and the Blades have righted the ship, and will have to be content with their campaign by season’s end.
For Sheffield United, Chris Wilder’s group was a newly promoted side that quickly adjusted. Their structure and organization frustrates many teams, and as a result that’s why these games are still so meaningful. Sheffield United continue their push for a Europa League spot. It won’t be easy with Wolves and Spurs in their way, but two wins to close out their campaign gives them a great shot. It means a lot to this franchise and expect Sheffield’s best foot on Monday.
For Everton, after toiling for much of the early parts of the season at the bottom of the table, Carlo Ancelotti has come in and rejuvenated the group. Everton are now solid at the back, with an excellent keeper in Jordan Pickford, while their offense strikes fear into any defense. That said, they are in a run of poor form. Perhaps motivation is playing a part, but Everton have just two points from their past four outings. Can Ancelotti motivate his troops to turn in a better showing against Sheffield United?
The Blades will certainly hope not, with the Europa League calling. As always, keep reading on beneath the posted odds for a detailed match breakdown and analysis, as well as a betting prediction for Everton vs. Sheffield United, live from Bramall Lane.
Everton vs. Sheffield United Betting Odds:
Sheffield United (+115)
Over 2.5 (+125)
Under 2.5 (-145)
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Everton vs. Sheffield United Pick:
It is admittedly a tough position to be in, as the Everton players can certainly attest to. Come back to play in a pandemic, while nothing is on the line. The Toffees have been one of England’s worst clubs since the restart, somewhat surprising given their talent. With little to play for aside from pride, manager Carlo Ancelotti isn’t getting the most out of his squad.
Can that change against a hungry Sheffield United side away from home? It’s doubtful right now, but the thinking here is that Everton implements some squad rotation and mixes in some youth to get some fresh new legs within the starting group.
For Monday, look for youngster Jarrad Branthwaite to make his Premier League debut at the back for Everton. Up front, there’s the potential to score – but Sheffield’s defense has been elite. The Toffees have Theo Walcott, Alex Iwobi, Richarlison, and Domenic Calvert-Lewin, all of whom have a lovely finish touch and speed to burn. If this contest is wide-open, it could hurt Chris Wilder’s Sheffield side.
But expect the Blades to put their patented clamps down on this match. Sheffield United won’t out-skill many teams, but their structure and discipline on the pitch remains unmatched. Their defense is once again fully healthy, and expect them to really make it hard on a disinterested Everton side. Look for the Blades to take away time and space in the midfield, and eventually find a breakthrough via physical strikers Billy Sharp and David McGoldrick.
While Everton has the skill component, right now it’s hard to get a read on their overall will. Sheffield United know a Europa League spot would mean a ton to their franchise, and at home will not let this opportunity slip by. Expect a low-scoring and tight encounter, but eventually the Blades should find the breakthrough for the full three points.
Pick: Sheffield United 1-0