Sheffield United are experiencing a dosage of second-season syndrome in the Premier League after a 9th -place finish last season. Chris Wilder’s side are currently bottom of the table with just one point to their name from eight matches while West Ham are going well in 12th.
The Blades got their only point in a 1-1 draw with Fulham at Bramall Lane but since then have lost three on the spin albeit against Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea. Leeds, Wolves and City all beat United on their own patch and held the Blades to a clean sheet. Scoring was always a problem for Sheffield United but their lack of goals has been further compounded by their inability to defend this season. They boasted the best defence outside of the top three in the Premier League last season but this term only two teams have conceded more goals than they have.
Under David Moyes this term West Ham have improved brilliantly. After finishing 16th last season and surviving on the final day they have somewhat traded positions with their hosts. They earned a huge 1-0 derby win over Fulham in the dying moments before the international break. The Hammers have won three of their first eight matches including a 3-0 win at the King Power Stadium over Leicester City and they managed to snatch a point with a thrilling comeback at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium before heading to Anfield where they were narrowly beaten 2-1.
Sheffield United tend to keep things tight in the first period and that has been a feature since the start of last season. However, with the absence of some influential personnel from the previous campaign it has become apparent that they can’t see a game out so I’m going for a draw at half-time, West Ham win at full-time for this game.