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24 October 2020 18:31

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Liverpool vs Sheffield United prediction: How will Premier League fixture play out tonight?

Sheffield United Odds Liverpool odds -435 [BET NOW] Sheffield United odds +1150 [BET NOW] Draw +540 [BET NOW] Over/Under 3 (+106/-127) [BET NOW] Time Saturday, 3:00 p.m. ET How to Watch Peacock Premium Get up to a $1,000 sign-up bonus at DraftKings today or see more offers and reviews for the best online sportsbooks. After winning their opening three matches, Liverpool have now dropped four points in their last two Premier League matches. Manager Jurgen Klopp has a lot of difficult decisions ahead of him because Liverpool is going through an injury crisis with three matches in the next seven days. Because of that, we could a lot of reserve players feature in this match. It's been a horrific start for Sheffield United, as the Blades only have one point in their first five matches.

$1,000 Sign-Up Bonus Full Review Matched 1st bet up to $500 Deposit bonus up to $500 Action's Preferred Sportsbook Bet Now After winning their first three games of the new Premier League season, Liverpool have just one point from their last two games, having lost 7-2 to Aston Villa and drawing local rivals Everton, 2-2, last Saturday. They did get a 1-0 victory away against Ajax on Wednesday in the Champions League, but Klopp's team is dealing with a lot of injuries to key players that could create problems. Center back Virgil Van Dijk and goalkeeper Alisson Becker are out, while the Reds are still waiting to hear whether midfielders Naby Keita and Thiago and center back Joel Matip will be available to face Sheffield United. Since the restart of last season, The Reds have only taken 27 points from a possible 42 in 14 matches in the Premier League. They also have only a +9.2 expected goal differential, which is fifth-best mark in the Premier League during that time span.

Expected goals (also known as xG) is an advanced statistic that gives an indication of whether results are based on sustainable factors like a steady creation of scoring chances, or whether it is down to aspects such as luck or outstanding goalkeeping. With how jam packed their schedule is right now, this is a big-time letdown spot for the Reds at home. After a dream first season back in the Premier League, the Blades have fallen on hard times to start their second campaign. They've managed to score just two goals and have lost their first four of their first five matches. However, Sheffield United has generated 5.14 xGF so far this season.

That means positive regression could be coming their way on Saturday. [Track all of your Premier League bets by downloading The Action Network App.] In an attempt to bolster its attack, Sheffield signed 20-year-old striker Rhian Brewster from Liverpool at the transfer deadline for $28 million. He spent much of last season on loan at Championship side Swansea City, bagging 10 goals in 20 league appearances. He has yet to start for the Blades, but manager Chris Wilder has indicated that Brewster could be in line to do so against his former club. Sheffield United was one of the best defensive teams in the Premier League last season, allowing just 39 goals in the 38-game league season.

If the Blades can produce a strong defensive performance, we could see Liverpool struggle to create quality scoring chances on Saturday. With all of Liverpool's injury issues and their fixture congestion, I think Sheffield United could keep this game close. I have Liverpool's margin of victory projected at 1.53, so I think there is value on Sheffield United's spread of +1.5 at +118. The PICK: Sheffield United +1.5 (+118) Hello and welcome to our live blog as Sheffield United travel to Liverpool this evening in search of their first win of the season. It's been a far from ideal start for Chris Wilder's side, who have picked up just one point from their opening five matches but a positive result and performance at Anfield tonight would certainly be the boost they need right now.

All eyes will be on United's teamsheet at 7pm when it is handed in to the match referee to see who starts in attack. Wilder hinted in the week that new record signing Rhian Brewster could be in line for his first start against his former club. The Reds have injury problems of their own, with star player Virgil van Dijk missing after picking up an ACL injury in last weekend's Merseyside derby. Stay with us throughout the day for all the build-up, confirmed team news and live updates from Anfield as the Blades look to stun the champions on their own patch. Jurgen Klopp must decide on changes to his starting line-up for Liverpool's game against Sheffield United this weekend, with a packed fixture list looking relentless. After last weekend's Merseyside derby the Reds beat Ajax in midweek, and face another European game on Tuesday. That could mean changes in midfield, where Thiago Alcantara and Naby Keita are hoping for recalls, as well as in attack where Takumi Minamino has been recently praised by the boss. Sheffield United could give a full debut to Rhian Brewster against his former side, with the Blades only having taken a single point from their five league games this season. Here's everything you need to know ahead of the match. What time is the game? The match kicks off at 8pm on Saturday, 24 October at Anfield. The game will be shown live on Sky Sports Box Office on a pay per view basis through the Sky Sports Box Office app - available on NowTV, a smart stick or on PC, Mac or mobile device. What is the team news Liverpool are without Virgil van Dijk for the rest of the season, but Joel Matip should be fit to return if needed. Naby Keita and Thiago Alcantara should also be fit after being left out of the midweek win over Ajax. Kostas Tsimikas is a doubt, Alisson Becker is still recovering from a shoulder injury and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a long-term absentee. Sheffield United are definitely without Lys Mousset and Jack O'Connell, while Max Lowe has a concussion. John Fleck is also a possible injury absentee. Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Gomez, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Jota, Salah, Mane, Firmino Sheffield United XI: Ramsdale; Basham, Egan, Ampadu; Baldock, Lundstram, Berge, Osborn, Stevens; McBurnie, Brewster Liverpool should be able to handle changes and still pose problems for a Blades side looking rather more open at the back this term than they were in their first season in the top flight. Liverpool 2-0 Sheffield United Liverpool have the quality in their squad to deal with the absence through injury of influential centre back Virgil van Dijk, said skipper Jordan Henderson. Defender Van Dijk damaged knee ligaments after a tackle by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park last Saturday. Writing in Liverpool's matchday programme for Saturday's Premier League game against Sheffield United, Henderson said any team in the world would miss the Dutchman but the champions must not make it a bigger issue than it needs to be. "I look at the players we have who can play that position and I wouldn't swap them for anyone else. Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Fabinho are international-quality players who have produced for us as a team time and time again," Henderson wrote. "Are any of them Virgil van Dijk? They just need to be themselves and give everything they have for this club, be it in training or when called upon in games. Reports in the media have said Van Dijk could be out for up to seven months, but Henderson was more hopeful. "Virgil will back with us in no time at all. | Saturday, October 24th | Premier League | Anfield Off of a much-needed away win against Ajax in their first group stage Champions League, Liverpool are back at Anfield in the Premier League for the first time since the end of September. Sheffield United will look to pounce on the lull in Liverpool's performances as of late, as well as their key absences. Thanks to an absolute horror show of a tackle by Jordan Pickford, the Reds will play their first Premier League match without Virgil van Dijk in over two seasons. Full Preview: Liverpool vs. Television: Sky Sports Box Office (UK); Peacock (USA); Optus Sport (Australia); DAZN (Canada); Star Sports Select 2 (India); Astro SuperSport 3 (Malaysia); SuperSport Premier League Nigeria (Nigeria); no options (Singapore); SuperSport Premier League (South Africa); other listings at LiveSoccerTV #LFC starting XI v Sheff Utd: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Gomez, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Jota, Mane, Salah, Firmino Subs: Adrian, Williams, Phillips, Milner, Jones, Minamino, Shaqiri — Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) October 24, 2020 SHEFFIELD UNITED Your Blades starting XI. Rhian Brewster & Ethan Ampadu start. ©️ pic.twitter.com/svfiIK8oW5 — Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) October 24, 2020 If you haven't already, sign up for an SB Nation account and join the conversation on The Liverpool Offside, where we'll have full coverage of every Liverpool match this season, breaking news, opinion, and tactical discussion. *Liverpool Offside has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence editorial content, though Liverpool Offside may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links.