Sheffield United have undoubtedly been the biggest surprise in the 2019-20 English Premier League season. Through 28 games this season, The Blades sit in seventh place of the standings with 43 points (W11, D10, L7). Furthermore, they are just two points behind Manchester United (fifth place). In other words, they are just one win — and a few results going their way — from reaching a 2020-21 UEFA Europa League berth. However, is it realistic to think they can continue with their good form down the stretch? The quality is there, but that seems quite unlikely. You can read BetQL’s EPL predictions for each match day to find out if their models have Sheffield keeping up their form on a week to week basis.
The main reason behind this assessment lies in their schedule. Sure, The Blades don’t have to face Liverpool or Manchester City the rest of the way, but that doesn’t mean they will have an easier path towards the end of the season. They kick things off against Aston VIlla and Newcastle, but they close the month against Manchester United. Things are not going to get easier in July, with trips to Leicester and Southampton while hosting Tottenham, Chelsea, Wolverhampton and Everton.
Second, Sheffield do not stand out as a team that performs particularly well at home or on the road. They rank as the league’s ninth-best home side with a W7, D3, L5 mark, although they are on the rise after going undefeated in their last three at Bramall Lane. Sheffield also own the seventh-best record away from home with a W4, D7, L2 mark. That can inspire confidence, but it’s not as if they can show a record of dominance under one specific condition. They can compete against most sides, but they shouldn’t feel particularly confident if they are at home or away.
Last but not least, we must mention the lack of experience in the first-team squad. Sheffield have had some impressive season-long performances from players such as Dean Henderson, John Fleck and Lys Mousset, just to name a few. However, none of them are used to play in tight races for European spots. That could represent a disadvantage when facing more experienced sides such as Tottenham, Manchester United or Everton, just to name a few. Keep your eyes out for BetQL’s EPL picks to see which way their betting models are on for each and every Premier League game.
Sheffield have 10 games left in their schedule, and six of those are against sides ranked in the Top 10 of the Premier League standings. No one can say anything negative regarding what they have done during most of the season. However, it’s unrealistic to believe they can continue playing like they did earlier this year after a three-month hiatus. For The Blades, the stoppage came at the worst possible time. Although it is unlikely who knows you may be reading some Champions League predictions with Sheffield included if they keep stringing along wins.
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