Crystal Palace vs Sheffield United Prediction, 1/2/2021 EPL Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Crystal Palace vs Sheffield United
Date: Saturday, January 2, 2021
Location: Selhurst Park in London, England
Odds/Point Spread: Crystal Palace (+265) Sheffield United (+250)
Selhurst Park is the site where Andros Townsend and Crystal Palace (5-3-7, 14th in the EPL) will take on Sheffield United (0-2-13, 20th in the EPL) on Saturday. The men protecting the net are Vicente Guaita for Crystal Palace and Aaron Ramsdale for Sheffield United. The odds on this contest have Crystal Palace priced at +265 and the Blades are at +250. The total has been set at 2.5.
Crystal Palace faced Aston Villa in their most recent match and ended up losing by a score of 3-0. When discussing the passing game, they had a 79.0% passes received rate by connecting on 394 of the 499 passing attempts last contest. Crystal Palace attempted 6 dribbles in this match and were successful in 3 of the dribbles for a rate of 50.0%. In regard to shooting accuracy, Crystal Palace finished at a 46.2% rate by putting 6 shots on target of 13 total shots. Crystal Palace averages 1.13 g/90 (17 total goals) and have accounted for 12 assists In all contests this year.
Andros Townsend is a player who should be able to impact this match for Crystal Palace. He has accounted for 32 assists while tallying 21 yellow cards during his soccer career. Townsend has been given a starting assignment in 245 contests so far in his career and he scores 0.13 goals per 90 mins. The forward hailing from England has accumulated 31 goals in 21,432 professional minutes played. Another guy who should impact this match is Wilfried Zaha, the forward who represents Cote d'Ivoire. He has assisted a teammate on a goal 41 times so far in his pro soccer career and he has scored 56 goals. Zaha has 27,733 mins in 307 career starts and has earned himself 57 yellow cards. He is averaging 0.18 G/90 so far in his pro soccer career.
The guy protecting the net for Crystal Palace is Vicente Guaita. Guaita has seen the pitch for 25,325 minutes and has earned 863 stops during his pro soccer career. His GA/90 is 1.25 (353 total goals given up) and he holds a save % of .714. The goalie from Spain has seen 1,212 shots tried at him in 279 career starts. Guaita (101-76-105 record in his career) has accumulated 81 shutouts, which leaves him with a 29.0% shutout percentage.
The last time they took the field, Sheffield United took a loss by a score of 1-0 against Everton. Sheffield United finished with a 54.5% successful dribble rate by completing 6 of the 11 dribbles they attempted. They wrapped up this outing by connecting on 327 of the 408 passing tries earning a percentage of 80.1%. Sheffield United connected on 1 shot on target out of 10 shots attempted giving them a 10.0% clip in their last outing. With 8 goals and 5 assists in all competitions, Sheffield United averages 0.53 goals and 0.33 assists per 90.
Billy Sharp should provide a lift for Sheffield United. The forward from England has 39,896 minutes while scoring 231 goals. He has totaled 63 yellow cards so far in his pro soccer career and has helped on a goal 56 times. He is averaging 0.52 G/90 and has been in the starting lineup in 450 matches in his pro soccer career. Make sure to watch out for Oliver McBurnie, the forward representing England. He has totaled 46 goals during his pro soccer career while assisting a teammate on a goal 7 different times. McBurnie has been given a total of 15 yellow cards in 10,025 professional minutes played (105 career starts). His G/90 average so far in his pro soccer career is 0.41.
Aaron Ramsdale will be residing in front of the net for Sheffield United. During his career, Ramsdale has allowed 147 goals and has racked up 240 saves in 91 starts. He has allowed 1.62 goals per 90 minutes while earning a mark of 21-18-52. He is the owner of a save percentage of .683 and his clean sheet rate is 16.5%. Ramsdale has recorded 15 clean sheets and has defended 357 shots attempted against him in 8,190 mins in his career.
Who will win tonight's EPL game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Crystal Palace (+265)
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