Sheffield United vs Cardiff City Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Sheffield United vs Cardiff City Match Prediction

By Richard McTiernan

This Easter Monday fixture (19:45) is live on SKY TV and is an important one in the race for promotion from the Championship.  Here we have our match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.

Sheffield United drew their second successive match last time out as they battled out a 1-1 draw at Brentford.  They took the lead through Chris Basham only to be pegged back 13 minutes and then had Jamal Blackman dismissed and that was the end of the scoring.

Cardiff made it eight straight victories and 12 without defeat as they beat Burton 3-1 at the Cardiff City Stadium.  The goals were shared around with one for Kenneth Zohore, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Callum Paterson.

The reverse fixture came early in the season in mid-August and it ended in a 2-0 victory for the Bluebirds with goals from Sean Morrison and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.  It made it back-to-back victories for the Welsh side and means they are unbeaten in their last five meetings with United.

 

Betting Tips and Predictions

Given the form Cardiff are in I am surprised to see them as outsiders here even if Sheffield United are tough to beat at Bramall Lane. The Bluebirds have won at Wolves and Middlesbrough this season so are capable of defeating United and I like them with the security of the draw in the draw no bet market.

Junior Hoilett has netted in two of the last four on the road as these games suit his pace and counter-attacking talents more and I think he looks a value selection to score at any time in this fixture.

 

Cardiff draw no bet

Junior/David Hoilett anytime scorer

 

Sheffield United saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played

Sheffield United saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played against Cardiff City

Cardiff City saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played

Cardiff City saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played against Sheffield United

AVG Goals

1.1

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Sheffield United Form Guide

Sheffield United Team Logo

Sheffield United

Won

5

Draw

1

Lost

4
W A

27-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Doncaster Rovers Team Logo Doncaster Rovers

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

04-08-2018

Championship

Swansea City Team Logo Swansea City

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

07-08-2018

Championship

Middlesbrough Team Logo Middlesbrough

FT 3 - 0

(HT 3 - 0)

W A

11-08-2018

Championship

Queens Park Rangers Team Logo Queens Park Rangers

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

L H

14-08-2018

EFL Cup

Hull City Team Logo Hull City

FT 5 - 6

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

18-08-2018

Championship

Norwich City Team Logo Norwich City

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

25-08-2018

Championship

Bolton Wanderers Team Logo Bolton Wanderers

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 2)

W H

01-09-2018

Championship

Aston Villa Team Logo Aston Villa

FT 4 - 1

(HT 3 - 0)

L A

15-09-2018

Championship

Bristol City Team Logo Bristol City

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

19-09-2018

Championship

Birmingham City Team Logo Birmingham City

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

Cardiff City Form Guide

Cardiff City Team Logo

Cardiff City

Won

2

Draw

2

Lost

6
L A

25-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Rotherham United Team Logo Rotherham United

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

28-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Burton Albion Team Logo Burton Albion

FT 1 - 5

(HT 1 - 3)

W H

03-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Amiens Team Logo Amiens

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

04-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Real Betis Team Logo Real Betis

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 2)

L A

11-08-2018

Premier League

AFC Bournemouth Team Logo AFC Bournemouth

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

D H

18-08-2018

Premier League

Newcastle United Team Logo Newcastle United

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

25-08-2018

Premier League

Huddersfield Town Team Logo Huddersfield Town

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

28-08-2018

EFL Cup

Norwich City Team Logo Norwich City

FT 1 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

L H

02-09-2018

Premier League

Arsenal Team Logo Arsenal

FT 2 - 3

(HT 1 - 1)

L A

15-09-2018

Premier League

Chelsea Team Logo Chelsea

FT 4 - 1

(HT 2 - 1)

Sheffield United Preview

The Blades are unbeaten in their last four though just two victories in their last seven means they are on the outside of the play-offs looking in.  They are among six teams from fifth downwards separated by just two points with seven to play.

At Bramall Lane, they are unbeaten in their last four winning three of these and losing just two of their last eight.  They have the joint-third best home defence in the division and have shipped just four times in their last eight in front of their own fans.

Just one of the last five Sheffield United games has gone over 2.5 goals and that was because Fulham hit three on their own.  Each of their last four meetings with Cardiff have gone under 2.5 goals.

 

Sheffield United Team News

Paul Coutts (broken leg) is out for the season while Jamal Blackman is suspended.

 

Cardiff City Preview

The Bluebirds have won eight straight and are unbeaten in 12 and are in the driving seat for the second automatic promotion spot.  They are seven points ahead of Fulham with a match in hand and six behind leaders Wolves who have also played a game more.

Away from the Cardiff City Stadium, they are unbeaten in their last five winning three of these including their last two.  Kenneth Zohore has netted in his last two on the road while Junior Hoilett and Callum Paterson have two from their last four on their travels.

Each of the last four Cardiff have played in the league have seen both teams score and gone over 2.5 goals.  Seven of the last nine the Welsh outfit have scored have come in the first-half.

 

Cardiff City Team News

Jazz Richards (severe bruising), Joe Ralls and Danny Ward (both knee) are all doubts.

 

Sheffield United Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.5

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Cardiff City Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.4

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Sheffield United vs Cardiff City Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Simon Moore 191 77
19 CD Richard Stearman 191 67
5 CD Jack O'Connell 191 85
6 CD Chris Basham 180 80
2 LM George Baldock 175 67
7 CM John Lundstram 181 74
20 CM Lee Evans 185 79
4 CM John Fleck 175 72
36 AM David Brooks 173 58
3 RM Enda Stevens 183 79
9 CF Leon Clarke 188 90
No. Pos Player M kg
25 GK Neil Etheridge 188 90
5 LB Bruno Ecuele Manga 186 76
3 RB Joseph Bennett 183 74
4 CD Sean Morrison 193 78
14 CD Souleymane Bamba 190 89
17 CM Aron Gunnarsson 178 70
24 CM Marko Grujic 191 82
18 CM Callum Paterson 183 76
19 LF Nathaniel Mendez-Laing 180 75
33 RF Junior Hoilett 173 70
10 CF Kenneth Zohore 189 98