With all three relegation spots in the Premier League confirmed, Sheffield United will play out the first of their final three games at Everton this evening (kick-off: 7:00 PM). They will travel to Newcastle on Wednesday evening before ending the season at home to Burnley on 23rd May.
Within the last seven days, both West Bromwich Albion and Fulham fell at the hurdle following losses to Arsenal and Burnley respectively, and along with the Blades will play SkyBet Championship football next season.
United will be aiming to end the season with as many points as possible, though that can be difficult when playing in a losing team. The Blades reaming grounded at the foot of the table, though have accomplished as many victories as their relegated colleagues, with five league wins this season (at the time of writing).
They come into this fixture having lost their last two fixtures at Tottenham Hotspur (0-4), and at home to Crystal Palace (0-2), by two unfortunate deflected goals. The last victory came on 24th April in a 1-0 victory over Brighton at Bramall Lane.
Interim manager Paul Heckingbottom is without on-loan Chelsea defender Ethan Ampadu (groin), and strikers Billy Sharp (thigh), and Oli McBurnie (ankle), who are sidelined for the remainder of the season. Defender Jack O’Connell is recovering from a knee injury and seems unlikely to turn out for the Blades again this season.
Academy striker Daniel Jebbison appeared on the bench in last week’s defeat and made waves when he made his senior debut, playing 25 minutes. Whilst we wouldn’t expect him to start, the 17-year-old may appear on the bench again.
Everton could become the twelfth Premier League club to complete a league double over the Blades this season. So far six clubs have failed to accomplish this, this season; Manchester United, Newcastle United, Fulham, West Bromwich Albion, Brighton & Hove Albion, Aston Villa. Burnley could complete the double over the Blades when we face each other at Bramall Lane on 23rd May, for the final match of the 2020-21 campaign.
The Goodison Park club was victorious earlier in the season at Bramall Lane, on Boxing Day. The game was far from entertaining, and the Blades, who were still chasing their first victory of the season, were unfortunate to fall behind to Gylfi Sigurdsson’s strike ten minutes from time.
The Toffees come into this fixture in poor form considering the fine run they achieved at the beginning of the campaign, with the opening five games going unbeaten. Their last six Premier League fixtures paint a different story. Whilst they have recorded one defeat during the last six matches, they have won twice (against Arsenal, and West Ham United) and drawn three times.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side is expected to be without Jean-Phillipe Gbamin (knee), and Yerry Mina (groin), through injury but could be boosted with the return of former Real Madrid attacker James Rodriguez (calf).
Past Premier League Results… vs. Everton
12.12.1992 – Sheffield United 1-0 Everton
04.05.1993 – Everton 0-2 Sheffield United
21.08.1993 – Everton 4-2 Sheffield United
11.12.1993 – Sheffield United 0-0 Everton
21.10.2006 – Everton 2-0 Sheffield United
03.03.2007 – Sheffield United 1-1 Everton
21.09.2019 – Everton 0-2 Sheffield United
20.07.2020 – Sheffield United 0-1 Everton
26.12.2020 – Sheffield United 0-1 Everton
Forthcoming Blades Fixtures;
*All fixtures are subject to change
19 May – Newcastle United (a) – 18:00
23 May – Burnley (h) – 16:00