Preview: Sheffield United vs. Everton – prediction, team news, lineups

Arlo Gibbons


Saturday’s Premier League clash between Sheffield United and Everton sees two early-season strugglers go head-to-head at Bramall Lane. Sheffield United have had a dismal start to the season, suffering four straight defeats, while Everton have also struggled, failing to score in their three opening games.

Sheffield United‘s woes continued in the EFL Cup as they were knocked out by Lincoln City, despite dominating possession. The Blades will be hoping for a change of fortunes as they face Everton, but they will be without the injured Ben Osborn. Tom Davies is unlikely to start against his former club.

Everton, who have also been goal-shy in the league, finally found the back of the net in their EFL Cup victory over Doncaster Rovers. New signing Beto made an impact in his debut, scoring within 27 minutes. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is recovering from injury, while Seamus Coleman, Alex Iwobi, Dele Alli, and Jack Harrison will not be available until after the international break.

Both teams will be looking to secure their first Premier League win of the season. Sheffield United will be hoping to build on their encouraging performance against Manchester City, where they came back from a goal down before eventually losing. Everton, on the other hand, will be eager to end their goal drought in the league.

In terms of team news, Sheffield United have a number of players unavailable due to injury, including Daniel Jebbison, Max Lowe, Rhys Norrington-Davies, Rhian Brewster, and John Fleck. Cameron Archer, who made his debut against Lincoln City, may retain his spot in attack alongside Benie Traore.

Everton will be without the injured Calvert-Lewin, Coleman, Iwobi, Alli, and Harrison. Dwight McNeil and Andre Gomes have slim chances of featuring, while Vitaliy Mykolenko may be replaced by Ashley Young due to injury.

In terms of a prediction, both teams will be desperate to secure a win, but a low-scoring draw is a likely outcome. Everton’s new signing Beto could provide the attacking spark they’ve been lacking, while Sheffield United showed resilience in their previous match. Overall, it’s a game that could go either way.


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