Sheffield United vs Southampton Predictions, EPL Picks, Betting Tips, 7/26/2020
Game: Sheffield United vs Southampton
Date: Sunday, July 26, 2020
Location: St. Mary's Stadium in Southampton, England
TV: NBC Sports Gold
Odds/Point Spread: Blades (+175) Saints (+150)
Oliver Norwood and Sheffield United (14-12-11, 8th in EPL) host Southampton (14-7-16, 12th in EPL) at St. Mary's Stadium on Sunday, July 26, 2020. The probable starting goaltenders are Alex McCarthy for Southampton and Dean Henderson for Sheffield United. Southampton are at at +150 while United are at +175. The O/U is set at 2.5.
Sheffield United steps onto the field holding a record of 14 victories, 12 draws, and 11 defeats which puts them at 8th in EPL. During the season thus far, they have racked up a total of 35 goals which has them at 16th in the league. Their goal differential is +2, which puts them at 9th in the league. Concerning shots on target, they currently have a total of 106 which has them at 20th in the league. As a team, Sheffield United currently has a total of 394 fouls which means they are averaging 10.6 fouls per game. They currently have a total of 54 points for the 2020 season.
Oliver Norwood is a great player to watch for the Blades. The midfielder from Northern Ireland has taken part in 349 games over the course of his pro soccer career and has played a total of 26,259 minutes. During that period of time, the 28-year-old has netted 24 goals and has had an assist on 35 goals. He's earned a career average of 75.2 minutes per appearance. Norwood has started 303 games and has a total of 365 fouls in the process. In the matter of shots on target, Norwood has totaled 119 which places him at 93rd when compared to active players and 42nd among midfielders. John Fleck is another guy to watch out for on the team from Sheffield United. The 27-year-old from Scotland has connected on 23 goals in the time he's played professional soccer which has him ranked 128th among active players in soccer. He has played a total of 29,180 minutes in the time he's played professional soccer which has him ranked 7th among active forwards and averages 79.1 minutes per game which has him ranked 93rd in soccer. Over the course of his career, he has totaled 178 shots on target which has him ranked 33rd among active forwards.
The man looking after the goal for the Blades is Dean Henderson from England. He has racked up 11,340 minutes defending the goal for his career. Henderson has conceded 0.87 goals per 90 minutes for his career which has him placed 3rd out of all active goalies in the Premier League. Over the course of his career, he's allowed 109 goals. His career save percentage is .767 which has him placed 1st out of all active goalies.
Southampton is the team standing on the sideline and for the 2020 season they sit with 14 victories, 7 draws, and 16 losses. When it comes to goal differential, they are currently sitting 12th in the EPL with -11. They have a total of 48 goals for this season. Southampton has a save % as a team of .652 which currently has them ranked 17th in the EPL, meaning scoring chances could present themselves.
One of the hardest players to defend for the Saints is James Ward-Prowse. The 24 year-old has delivered 22 balls past the goaltender in his professional soccer career. He ranks 54th among active midfielders in assists with 22 and has connected on 98 shots on target. He has totaled 14,002 minutes and has an average of 60.9 minutes per appearance. Another player to watch out for on this squad is Danny Ings. The forward from England has scored 76 goals in his career which places him at 26th among active forwards. He also has totaled 177 fouls.
In goal for the Saints is Alex McCarthy who has had a rough career by giving up 1.41 goals per 90 minutes and that ranks him 27th in the EPL. In the 19,460 minutes he's played over the course of his career, he has given up 304 goals. His career save % is .706 which has him ranking 20th among active goalies in the EPL.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Sheffield United (+175)
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