Sheffield Utd - Preston

Asian Handicap
Pick: Sheffield Utd -0.5
Odds: 1.87
Stake: 1

Match date: 14/09/2021

England - Championship, Round 7

Midweek round in the Championship brings us few interesting games and the one which caught my attention is this one between Sheffield Utd and Preston.

I had pick on Sheffield Utd during the weekend when they hosted Peterborough and that turned out to be easy winner. Really, no sweating at all no matter the halftime score was 1:1. Two super early second half goals for Sheffield Utd solved everything and later on it was only routine manner to finish the job. Final score 6:2 in favor of " The Blades". I believe the host will now continue building on that good momentum and will take new three points in today's match.

Everything about Sheffield Utd has been said the last time but I'll repeat now in short. It's the team who was relegated from EPL season ago but who is now second most valuable squad in the Championship and as such was before season started one of main favourites for promotion. In that aim they brought well known coach for this level, Slavisa Jokanovic who already with two different teams in the past (Watford and Fulham) was able to earn promotion to EPL. 

From few different reasons the start of the season wasn't as expected for Sheffield Utd, so the squad was additionally strengthen recently during the international break by bringing few quality players on the loan. One of them, Morgan Gibbs-White already had his debut vs Peterborough and turned out to be great acquisition not just because scored one of the goals but in general he fits great in this team. 

We are yet to see if Conor Hourihane will have his debut today. As for third fresh signing, the goalkeeper Robin Olsen, he definitely would need to wait for the debut because of being with Swedish national team and by the strict Covid rules in England, now needs to spend some time in quarantine.  

In any case, the hosts are already looking much better than before international break and those six goal vs Peterborough confirms this.  

Preston should be another beatable opponent for Slavisa Jokanovic's squad. 

The visiting team has opened the season with three straight losses. Since then they have collected 7 pts in the last three rounds but whom they met? Two home victories over bottom standings teams (Peterborough and Swansea) with note it was barely win (1:0) over weak Peterborough who was simply demolished by Sheffield Utd. And finally during the weekend Preston took the point after scoreless draw away at Bristol City. Thus Preston has remained on only one scored goal away from home in three road games. With such poor performance away from home hardly they could remain unbeaten in Sheffield against significantly improving United team. 

The bottom line, don't be tricked by the current standings. Sheffield Utd is the team who is much stronger and more deep of these two. Playing at home and especially in this scenario during the midweek round (so on short rest), makes the more deep squad as heavy favorites in my opinion.  

LOST Score: 2:2 Profit: -1
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