Sheffield United – Southampton is a big game for both clubs on Saturday (start time 10am ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) at Bramall Lane, as the Blades and Saints fight in the lower half of the table.
Chris Wilder saw his side dig deep to beat Aston Villa midweek, as they were down to 10 men but held on for a big win to keep their chances of surviving relegation very low. Ahead of this game, they sit at the bottom of the Premier League and have 14 points with 11 games to go, but they have won four of their last 10 Premier League games.
Southampton have been in dismal form since the start of 2021 as they have collected just one point from their last nine games and were drawn into the relegation battle after being in the top six for much of the first half of the season. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s boys were hit hard with injuries and got lucky along the way, and they now look anxiously over their shoulders. A few wins in winnable matches ahead should allay those fears, as a few pivotal weeks lie ahead for these two teams who are both in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Sheffield United – Southampton, as this game is crucial in deciding how the rest of the season unfolds for both clubs.
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Sheffield United have big injury issues and Phil Jagielka is now suspended so Jayden Bogle walks in. Jack O’Connell and Jack Robinson are absent for the season, while John Egan, Chris Basham and Sander Berge are all missing.
One change for the Blades. ??
– Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) March 6, 2021
Southampton’s injury woes appear to be easing slightly as Ralph Hasenhuttl brings back Kyle Walker-Peters, Ibrahima Diallo and Takumi Minamino and they all start. Moussa Djenepo is rested and is on the bench, while Oriol Romeu, Will Smallbone and Michael Obafemi are absent for a long time, while Theo Walcott will return in a few weeks.
– Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) March 6, 2021
Ends and ends (Full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)
Sheffield United are the big underdog at +255 but given their recent form, at home, that price looks very decent. Southampton is priced at +105 to win. The draw is +240.
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Both teams need a win, the Blades to keep their low hopes for survival and after a series of tough games the Saints will see this as a must to allay lingering fears of being drawn into the relegation battle. I think it will end in a draw that nobody wants. Sheffield United 1-1 Southampton.
How to watch Sheffield United – Southampton, broadcast and start time
Kick-off: 10 a.m.ET, Saturday
TV Channel: NBCSN
In line: Stream via NBCSports.com