Sheffield United vs. Crystal Palace: Match Preview

Sun 18 August 2019 | 6:08

Sheffield United welcome Crystal Palace to Yorkshire for their first Premier League home game in 12 years.

Competition: 2019-20 Premier League

Date/Time: Sunday at 2 pm BST

Venue: Bramall Lane

Referee: David Coote

Sheffield United and Palace both drew their opening Premier League fixture. Both teams picked up a point in their opening games of the season, with the Blades scrapping away for a late equalizer at Bournemouth while the Eagles played out a goalless draw with Everton.


Sheffield United have a full squad to choose from for Sunday's game.

Forward Billy Sharp is hoping to start after coming on as a substitute to score against Bournemouth last week.

Wilfried Zaha could make his first start of the season for Crystal Palace, while Jeffrey Schlupp is fit after an ankle injury.

James Tomkins remains out with a groin problem and fellow central defender Mamadou Sakho is not yet match-fit after knee surgery.


This is the first meeting between the sides for eight years, and the first in the Premier League since its inaugural season back in 1992-93.

The last time these sides met at Bramall Lane, there were five goals, three penalties, and two red cards. The Blades scored twice in the last five minutes to win 3-2.

Crystal Palace's most recent win at Bramall Lane was back in 2007. Since then, they've lost twice and drawn once.

Sheffield United

Sheffield United have lost just one of their last 19 league games (W11, D7).

Since Chris Wilder was appointed manager in May 2016, only Manchester City and Luton have earned more league points than Sheffield United's 259.

The Blades are unbeaten in their opening home match in each of their past four top-flight campaigns (W2, D2).

They have not won any of the five Premier League games they have played on a Sunday (D4, L1).

Crystal Palace

In 2018-19, Palace earned nine more points away from home than they did at Selhurst Park. Their away form was the sixth-best in the division.

Palace won five of their last six Premier League away fixtures in 2018-19, including each of the last three. They have never won four consecutive top-flight away matches.

Only Manchester City have scored more Premier League away goals in 2019 than Crystal Palace, who have 20.

Palace have won just one of their last 10 league games in August (D2, L7). That win came against promoted Fulham on the opening weekend last season.

Nine of Wilfried Zaha's 10 Premier League goals last season came in away matches.

Possible Starting Lineups:

Sheffield United

: Henderson, Basham, Egan, O'Connell, Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens, Robinson, McGoldrick

Crystal Palace

: Guaita, Ward, Dann, Kelly, Van Aanholt, Townsend, McArthur, Milivojevic, Meyer, Zaha, Benteke

source: SportMob