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Crystal Palace vs Sheffield United: Premier League preview

The Eagles have endured a difficult run of form since thrashing West Brom 5-1 in early December and were hit for seven by Liverpool in addition to losing 3-0 against an Aston Villa side that played more than 45 minutes with 10 men.

Harvey Barnes’ late leveller denied Palace a valuable three points against high-flying Leicester last time out, though Roy Hodgson’s men will be strong favourites to beat a Blades side that look as good as relegated already in 2020/21.

Sheffield United remain winless after 16 games this season, picking up just a pair of draws and crashing to 14 defeats – most recently against fellow strugglers Burnley – to sit 11 points adrift of safety amid questions marks over the future of manager Chris Wilder.

Their cause has certainly not been helped by multiple positive Covid-19 cases.

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Crystal Palace entertain winless Sheffield United at Selhurst Park in their first fixture of 2021

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Date, kick-off time and venue

Crystal Palace vs Sheffield United is scheduled for a 3pm GMT kick-off on Saturday, January 2, 2021.

With London currently under Tier 4 coronavirus restrictions, the match will be played behind closed doors at Selhurst Park.

How to watch Crystal Palace vs Sheffield United

TV channel: The game will be available to watch on Sky Sports’ Main Event and Premier League channels, with coverage on the latter beginning at 2:30pm.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers can watch the match online via the Sky website or SkyGo app.

Crystal Palace vs Sheffield United team news

Experienced Palace centre-back Gary Cahill remains doubtful with a hamstring injury suffered against Liverpool that has kept him out of the festive programme.

Nathan Ferguson, Martin Kelly, Wayne Hennessey and Connor Wickham are all still missing.

For Sheffield United, John Lundstram remains suspended and Sander Berge, Phil Jagielka, Billy Sharp and Jack O’Connell are all sidelined.

Striker Oli McBurnie is expected to miss out again, while Wilder is waiting on one or two unspecified knocks suffered against Burnley.

The identities of the players and staff members that tested positive for Covid-19 before the trip to Turf Moor have not been officially disclosed.

At his pre-match press conference, Wilder said he wouldn’t be surprised if the game against Palace was called off.

“I think the way it’s sweeping the country, I wouldn’t be surprised,” he said. “It’s starting to grow. Obviously after the Christmas period as well.

“I wouldn’t be surprised over the round of testing now that there’ll be more positive tests up and down the country in professional football and the Premier League.”

Crystal Palace vs Sheffield United prediction: 1-0 home win

This is a clash between two sides desperate for a victory and likely won’t be pretty.

The downtrodden Blades surely have to end this horrific winless run at some stage, with fixtures against Bristol Rovers (FA Cup) and Newcastle on the horizon.

Expect Palace – who have dropped to 15th – to edge a scrappy affair, perhaps courtesy of another moment of inspiration from key man Wilfried Zaha.

Crystal Palace vs Sheffield United head to head (h2h) Premier League results

  • Crystal Palace wins: 2
  • Sheffield United wins: 2
  • Draws: 0
  • Last meeting: Crystal Palace 0-1 Sheffield United (01/02/2020)

Crystal Palace vs Sheffield United odds and betting tips (subject to change)

  • Crystal Palace win: 11/10
  • Sheffield United win: Between 3/1 and 16/5
  • Draw: Between 5/2 and 13/5
  • Under 2.5 goals: 8/11

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