Newcastle United v Sheffield United Preview : Goal Fest not Expected
- St James' Park, Newcastle.
- Sunday 21 June 2pm
- Live on Sky Sports
Newcastle United play their first game in the Premier League since the season was suspended. Thay are 13th in the table at the time of writing this preview and not quite safe from relegation. Our preview looks ahead to their home match against Sheffield United who still have dreams of European qualification.
Magpies Not Quite Safe
There could be big changes at Newcastle United soon but that's been said a fair few times. New owners look on their way and United could be spending big in future transfer windows. That's for the future though and Newcastle have to ensure that they are playing in the top flight next season. They are 13th but only eight points above the relegation zone. However, there is still an outside chance of European qualification with them nine points behind their opponents who currently occupy sixth spot. It's possible seventh might get a team into the Europa League and they are eight behind that position.
United won their last league game, a 1-0 win at Southampton way back on March 7. That was a much needed win as they had only managed two points from their previous four league matches. Home form has seen United win five Premier League games this season with six drawn and three losses. Their last two have both ended in draws but winning this match would be an important victory.
If it's goals you are looking for then it's been a disappointing season at St James' Park. Newcastle have scored just 12 in 14 home league games but also conceded the same amount. They are the joint lowest home scorers in the league alongside Crystal Palace. Nine of United's home league fixtures have seen under 2.5 goals scored in them. If they are to go out and spend big in the summer, a new striker is going to be top of the shopping list. Only Jojo Shelvey has scored more than twice this season and he's only got five. The last two Newcastle home league matches have both ended goalless, so a goalfest is not likely this weekend.
Blades Need a Win
How much money might that Hawkeye mistake at Villa Park cost Sheffield United? It could be millions if they miss out on European football next season. The Blades ending up drawing 0-0 and at the time of writing this preview are in sixth spot in the Premier League. Tha stretched their unbeaten league run to five games but they need to start winning on their travels.
Eight out of 14 away league fixtures have been drawn, including two of the last three. Only one of the last five away fixtures have ended in a win for the Blades, a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on the first day of March. Like their opponents, Sheffield United don't score enough goals. Just 30 in 29 games and only five clubs have scored less. Their overall total is ten goals less than Liverpool have scored at home.
On their travels, United have only scored 13 times but only conceded on 12 occasions in 14 matches. Half of those conceded came in three games away at Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool. Needless to say the under 2.5 goals stat is on the under side. 11 of their last 12 away league fixtures have had under 2.5 goals scored in them. It's going to be tight for European qualification this season and a win for United here would be three valuable points.
This game doesn't have the feeling that there will be a lot of goals scored. In their last 12 league fixtures, Sheffield United have only scored more than one goal in a game once. That was when beating Bournemouth 2-1. With Newcastle also being a bit goal shy, the logical tip is for under 2.5 goals in this match.
- Newcastle United have only won one of their last six Premier League games.
- The Magpies are the joint lowest Premier League home scorers with Crystal Palace.
- Home and away, Newcastle are the joint lowest league scorers, sharing that unwanted record with Norwich City.
- 14 home league games have seen just 24 goals scored.
- Only Jo Jo Shelvey has scored more than two league goals for Newcastle this season, he has five.
- Six of the last eight Newcastle United league games have seen under 2.5 goals scored in them.
- Both teams have scored in only one of Newcastle United's last seven league fixtures.
- The last two Newcastle home league games have both ended goalless.
- Sheffield United are unbeaten in their last eight league and cup games.
- Eight out of 14 Sheffield United away league games have been drawn this season.
- Only Liverpool have conceded less away goals than the Blades in the Premier League this term.
- 12 of the last 13 Sheffield United games have had under 2.5 goals scored in them.
- 11 of their last 12 away league games have had under 2.5 goals scored.
- Only one in their last six away league matches have both teams scored.