Only three teams are yet to pick up a point so far this Premier League season, and two of them will meet at Bramall Lane in Sunday’s early kick-off.
Wolves, Aston Villa, Leeds and Arsenal have all beaten Sheffield United at the start of the 2020/21 campaign, even though the Blades have only conceded six goals to date (that’s one fewer than Liverpool in their recent trip to Villa Park.
Chis Wilder’s side finally scored their first goal of the season against Arsenal before the international break, but David McGoldrick’s strike was not enough to prevent his side leaving the Emirates Stadium empty-handed.
After a dream first season back in the Premier League, the Blades have fallen on hard times to start their campaign. They’ve managed to score just one goal and have lost their first four matches. However, it’s not all bad news, because Sheffield has generated 3.9 xGF so far this season. So, positive regression may be coming its way against the league’s worst defense.
In an attempt to improve its offense, Sheffield signed 20-year-old striker Rhian Brewster from Liverpool at the deadline for $28 million. He spent much of last season on loan at Championship side Swansea City, bagging 10 goals in 20 appearances. He has yet to feature for the Blades this season, but manager Chris Wilder has indicated he be making his debut on Sunday.
Much of Sheffield United’s success last year came at Bramall Lane, where it won 10 of its 14 matches. The Blades had the sixth-best expected goal differential at home in the league (+8.5) and held opponents to only 1.17 xG per match. Facing a newly promoted side like Fulham, which has only scored once this year, should give their defense a much-needed confidence boost going into the match.
Premier League 2020-21 Match Details
Match – Sheffield United vs Fulham
Date – Oct 18 2020
Time – 4:30 PM (IST)
The campaign has gotten off to a disastrous for the Cottagers. They have yet to earn a point and have allowed the second-most goals in the league through their first four matches.
Fulham desperately needs help on defense right now and owner Tony Khan knows it.