Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder and Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce

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With winners at good prices on Sunday, Tom Carnduff is hoping for more and has a headline 28/1 tip for Sheffield United v Newcastle.

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0.5pts Ciaran Clark to score first at 28/1

1pt Ciaran Clark to score anytime at 12/1

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Sheffield United v Newcastle

Jayden Bogle celebrates his goal against Brighton

It's hardly a classic to welcome back the Premier League following the FA Cup break, but it is an important game for both sides and potentially could bring Sheffield United their first win of the league campaign. They finally tasted victory by narrowly beating Bristol Rovers 3-2 at the weekend.

The fixture scheduling presented back-to-back wins as a possibility, and a real opportunity to build some momentum as they look to pull off an unlikely survival. The Blades are currently 1/25 for relegation with the bookmakers - 9/1 to survive with 12 points between themselves and safety.

The issue with looking at the outright market for this game is just how unappealing the prices are. The Blades may well win this, it's a good opportunity, but the 7/5 on offer for a team who has two points after 17 games is just not enough. That would be a price on a home team in a 12th v 10th clash, not a team so far behind already in the relegation battle.

It should be a fairly quiet contest and not many will argue against the 1/2 available on under 2.5 goals. The Blades sit 18th in the Premier League for games with three or more goals while just two of their eight contests at Bramall Lane have hit this target. Against a fairly uninspiring Newcastle side, we can expect that run to become two in nine.

Dwight Gayle scores against former club West Brom

That said, it wouldn't be a surprise to see both teams to score landing at much better odds of 11/10. The Blades haven't kept a clean sheet this season, while Newcastle have also been conceding. The visitors have consistently scored against other sides in the bottom-half though and there will be disappointment if they can't get at least one here.

The goalscorer market is where the best bet can be found, with little appeal elsewhere. Ciaran Clark was mentioned as a potential goalscorer against Leeds at odds of 20/1, he struck in the second-half, and this game looks like one where he can get his second of the campaign.

The Blades are the joint-second worst team at conceding from set-pieces in the Premier League. At this point, it's not something that can simply be worked on but a significant problem, both of their goals in the win over Bristol Rovers were as a result of set-piece situations.

Newcastle aren't exactly prolific scorers from free-kicks or corners but they have capitalised against teams where it is a weakness.

Leeds are statistically the worst - Newcastle scored. The Blades are tied with Leicester for goals conceded from set-pieces - Andy Carroll capitalised against the Foxes in Newcastle's last league outing.

Ciaran Clark celebrates his goal against Leeds

Clark may not have had a clear chance to score against Leicester but he did get two shots away. A great Allison save denied him a goal against Liverpool, another team who sit in the top-half for goals conceded from set-plays. Clark's 4.1 aerial duels won per game is the highest average in the Newcastle team and it looks like a game where he could get one really good chance to score.

His prices look a tad too generous when you factor in the numbers and recent attacking performances. Shopping around gives a best price of 28/1 for the first goal, with 12/1 available on one coming anytime. I'd be expecting around 7 or 8/1 for a player like Clark against a weak set-piece side like Sheffield United.

It's a big price selection but we've mentioned previously how they can represent good value in the right game. Angelo Ogbonna (12/1) gave us a winner when he scored against Leeds and Clark (20/1) did the same a few days later. Before the international break, Krystian Bielik (16/1) put a shot inches wide, Matt Clarke (20/1) came close twice and Adam Webster (16/1) hit the bar.

In a game where little could happen, set-pieces could be key and that should play into the hands of Clark and the visitors.

Score prediction: Sheffield United 1-1 Newcastle (Sky Bet odds: 5/1)

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Opta facts

  • Sheffield United have lost their last five league matches against Newcastle, their worst ever losing run against the Magpies. They last had a longer league losing run against an opponent between 1990 and 1992 against Leeds United (6 in a row).
  • Newcastle have won their last three away league matches against Sheffield United, as many as they’d managed in their previous 29 visits between 1926 and 1994 (W3 D5 L21).
  • Sheffield United have lost their last five home league matches, their worst home league losing run since September 1908 (also a run of five). Since joining the Football League in 1892, the Blades have never lost six consecutive home matches.
  • Sheffield United remain the only side without a clean sheet in the Premier League this season, conceding in each of their 17 games so far. In the history of the competition, only four teams have ever gone 18+ games from the start of a campaign without a clean sheet, most recently Blackburn (27) and Norwich (21) in 2011-12.
  • Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has won seven of his 10 league matches against Sheffield United (70%) – among the 38 teams he has faced at least 10 times, only against QPR (73% - 11/15) does he have a better win percentage than against the Blades.

Odds correct at 1415 GMT (11/01/21)

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