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Preview: Sheffield United vs. West Ham United - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Sheffield United vs. West Ham United - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Sunday's Premier League clash between Sheffield United and West Ham United, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Sheffield United welcome West Ham United to Bramall Lane on Sunday afternoon still looking for their first Premier League win of the season.

The Hammers make the long trip to Yorkshire on the back of a last-gasp victory over Fulham before the international break, a result which moved the Hammers up to 12th position in the standings.


Match preview

With five of Sheffield United's seven defeats in the Premier League this season coming by a one-goal margin, it would be harsh to overly criticise the performances of Chris Wilder's side.

Nevertheless, prevailing in such matches is what ensured that they remained in the top 10 throughout the last campaign, and Wilder will be desperate for his players to rediscover their cutting edge.

Even in the 4-1 reverse at Chelsea, there were positives to take, but their lack of threat in the final third is heaping extra pressure on a backline which is missing Jack O'Connell.

In theory, the big-money signing of Rhian Brewster from Liverpool looked to be the perfect addition, both in terms of the short and long-term development of a club eager to establish themselves in the top flight.

However, the England Under-21 international is yet to adapt to Premier League football, leaving Wilder to contemplate taking the forward out of the firing line.

In sharp contrast, West Ham are showing the kind of resoluteness which was not present in their squad for much of 2019-20, resulting in opinions of David Moyes only changing for the better.

The Scot has pushed hard for a long-term deal at the London Stadium, and it will only be a matter of time before the club's owners relent to his demands if West Ham continue on their upward trajectory.

The East Londoners left it late to see off Fulham before the international break, but the win was enough to take the team to within two points of seventh position.

With many of the division's biggest clubs out of the way for the first half of the season, there is now a window of opportunity for West Ham to challenge for the top six, something which seemed implausible when they lost to Newcastle United on the opening weekend.

Sheffield United Premier League form: LLDLLL

West Ham United Premier League form: WWDDLW
West Ham United form (all competitions): LWDDLW



Team News

Having been restricted to 19 minutes of football since his move from Brentford, Said Benrahma could finally be handed his first start in a West Ham shirt.

Moyes will hope that the international break has provided Michail Antonio with enough time to recover from a hamstring injury.

Andriy Yarmolenko will not be involved after recording a positive coronavirus test while on international duty with Ukraine.

Sheffield United will be able to call upon Ethan Ampadu, who was not able to face parent club Chelsea.

Oliver McBurnie or Billy Sharp are expected to get the nod over Brewster in attack.

Sheffield United possible starting lineup:
Ramsdale; Basham, Egan, Robinson; Baldock, Berge, Ampadu, Lundstram, Lowe; McBurnie, McGoldrick

West Ham United possible starting lineup:
Fabianski; Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Coufal, Rice, Soucek, Masuaku; Bowen, Antonio, Benrahma


We say: Sheffield United 1-1 West Ham United

Sheffield United have had fewer players doing the rounds on international duty, something which could give them an extra edge in this game. Nevertheless, West Ham have been resolute throughout this campaign, and we feel that Moyes's side will battle their way to a share of the spoils.


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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Tottenham HotspurSpurs106312191221
2Liverpool106312217521
3Chelsea1054122101219
4Leicester CityLeicester106041914518
5West Ham UnitedWest Ham105231711617
6Southampton105231916317
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves105231111017
8Everton105141917216
9Manchester UnitedMan Utd95131616016
10Aston Villa95042013715
11Manchester CityMan City94321511415
12Leeds UnitedLeeds104241517-214
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle104241215-314
14Arsenal104151012-213
15Crystal Palace104151215-313
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton102441416-210
17Fulham102171119-87
18West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom10136718-116
19Burnley9126417-135
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd10019416-121
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