SHF vs NEW Dream11: The season's surprise package Sheffield United will look to get another win under their belt and move ever closer to the safety when they host Newcastle United at Bramall Lane, on Thursday night (IST). The Blades have taken everybody by surprise as they sit in the top half of the table, while Newcastle are five places down and three points worse off at 14th heading into this game. So this is a huge game, a potential six-pointer, for the win for the Toons will see them moving level on points with Sheffield.
Since losing 0-1 at home to Liverpool, a game where they should have picked up at least a point, Sheffield United are unbeaten in seven league games. The run looks all more impressive considering the Blades faced Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Manchester United and Wolves in that run. That's incredible, to say the least, and shows that there is a genuine belief within the camp that they belong in the Premier League.
If the Blades continue to rack up points at this rate, reaching the magical 40-point barrier shouldn't be any problem. In fact, Sheffield could pull themselves a fair distance away from the relegation zone considering they have an easy run of fixtures before facing Manchester City on December 29th.
Sheffield United at home this season:
Goals for: 09
Goals against: 07
Newcastle United, meanwhile, are in a good form. They picked up arguably the biggest result of the season after forcing a 2-2 draw at home against the current English champions Manchester City. The most satisfying was that the Toons had to come from behind twice in the same game, and that's not a mean achievement against Pep Guardiola's men.
Indeed, Newcastle have picked up some memorable results this season. The 1-0 wins over Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United being the most decorated result, but there's also no denying that Newcastle are inconsistent and that they could still find themselves in the relegation quagmire if the results fo south in the next couple of weeks.
Newcastle United on the road this season:
Goals for: 06
Goals against: 16
Host: Sheffield United
Visitors: Newcastle United
Competition: Premier League
Match Venue: Bramall Lane
Match Timing: Friday, December 06, @01:00 AM
Sheffield United: Drew 1-1 away at Wolves
Newcastle United: Drew 2-2 at home against Manchester City
Sheffield United to win: 1.80 (4/5), Probability to happen: 55.16%
Newcastle United to win: 4.75 (15/4), Probability to happen: 21.05%
Draw: 3.50 (5/2), Probability to happen: 28.57%
Sheffield United: Oliver Norwood, Ly Mousset, John Lundstram, John Fleck,
Newcastle United: Joelinton, Allan Saint-Maximin, Jetro Willems, Jonjo Shelvey
Lys Mousset: 5 goals
John Lundstram: 3 goals
John Fleck: 2 goals
Jonjo Shelvey: 3 goals
Ciaran Clark: 2 goals
Jetro Willems: 2 goals
Sheffield United team news: The hosts have a full-fit squad for the home clash against Newcastle United.
Newcastle United team news: Club captain Jamaal Lascelles and winger Matt Ritchie both remain out at this moment and won't feature in this game.
Centre-back Florian Lejeune has recovered from two anterior crucial ligament injuries and may be involved in this game. In addition, the Toons could also welcome Andy Carroll and defender DeAndre Yedlin back into the matchday roster after the due shook off injuries to return to training this week.
Sheffield United: Henderson (GK), Basham, Egan, O'Connell, Baldock, Freeman, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens, McBurnie, Mousset
Newcastle United: Dubravka (GK), Manquillo, Fernandez, Clark, Dummett, Willems, Almiron, Hayden, Shelvey, Atsu, Joelinton
Goalkeeper: M Dubravka
Defenders: Egan, Dummett, J Willems
Midfielders: J Shelvey, Norwood, Almiron, Lundstram (VC), J Fleck
Attackers: Mousset (C), McBurnie
Expect a tight affair here. But Sheffield United will start the game as favourites, and may just edge this one out.