Sheffield United vs Burnley: Blades can conquer Clarets on top-flight farewell

With relegation realised in Sheffield, Paul Heckingbottom’s side will hope to finish a disheartening season on a positive note against the Clarets.

When: Sunday, May 23, 16:00 BST

How to watch: BT Sport 3

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Best bets

BTTS in both halves, 2+ corners each team in each half and 20+ booking points each team is 200/1 with Sky Bet.

McGoldrick to score first and Sheffield United to win 3-2 is 70/1 with Sky Bet.

Last hurrah for Heckingbottom's men

It's certainly a fair assumption to say that everyone involved with Sheffield United football club are happy to see the back end of this season.

Their last two campaigns have perfectly encapsulated the oxymoronic highs and lows of professional football.

Following a superb first season back in the top flight under Chris Wilder, the Bramall Lane faithful began to rejoice in the prospect of European football. Despite narrowly falling short of their goal, Wilder guided them to a respectable ninth place finish.

Former Sheffield United boss, Chris Wilder
Former Sheffield United boss, Chris Wilder

Less than a year on and the club sit rock bottom of the Premier League after a campaign that saw them return two points from their first 17 games.

Despite winning two of their last five league games, fortunes haven't favoured the South Yorkshire outfit under interim manager Paul Heckingbottom.

With fans finally being allowed in stadiums across the country, Sheffield United's players will be hoping to give their fans a reason to smile, in a season where there has been very little cause to do so.

Goalscorer bets

Daniel Jebbison scored his first Premier League goal on his Sheffield United debut against Everton earlier this week.

The teenager is 15/8 to score anytime with Sky Bet.

Burnley striker, Chris Wood, has 12 goals in the Premier League this season.

The in-form forward is 6/5 to score anytime with PaddyPower.

Rhian Brewster has failed to make an impact since signing at Bramall Lane for 25 million pounds. With lots of changes set to take place in Sheffield this summer, the former Liverpool man will be looking to finally get off the mark in this fixture.

Brewster is 11/5 to score anytime with SkyBet.

Premier League had-to-head

Played: 3

Sheffield United wins: 1

Draws: 1

Burnley wins: 1

Sheffield United scored: 4

Burnley scored: 2

Last three Premier League meetings

Burnley 1-0 Sheffield United

Premier League

December 29, 2020

Sheffield United's woes at the bottom of the Premier League table intensified as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Turf Moor.

A captain's goal from Mee was enough to separate the two sides as the Clarets moved up to 16th having won three games from their previous five.

Burnley 1-1 Sheffield United

Premier League

July 5, 2020

John Egan rescued a draw for the Blades as they took one step closer towards their dream of European football.

The hosts broke the deadlock through James Tarkowski, who slotted past Henderson with a cool side foot.

After persistently pursuing an equaliser, the perseverance of Wilder's men paid off when they snatched a point late on through the Irishman.

Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley

Premier League

November 2, 2019

A brilliant brace from John Lundstram combined with a trio of assists from Lys Mousset helped the Blades climb into sixth as they thrashed Burnley at Bramall Lane.

Lundstram opened the scoring 17 minutes after rounding off a perfect team goal, latching on to a pinpoint pass from the Frenchman to poke the ball past Nick Pope.

After Lundstram doubled the lead on the stroke of half time, a stunning left-footed effort from John Fleck rounded off a wondrous occasion in South Yorkshire.

Strong finish is key for Clarets

Currently in 17th place, Burnley remain on course for their worst season under Sean Dyche.

With six points from a possible 15 in their last five Premier League fixtures, the Clarets have matched the tally of their bottom placed opponents in recent weeks - a perfect representation of their erratic form throughout this Premier League season.

Given an impressive top-half finish last season, Dyche's team made a catastrophic start to the current season, picking up just one point from their opening six games - their worst start to a Premier League season ever.

Despite it not all being doom and gloom from then on, Burnley comfortably secured their safety by dispatching Fulham at Craven Cottage.

A win this weekend will allow them to take a small step towards their summer preparations for a higher finish next season.

Score Prediction: Sheffield United 3-2 Burnley

Goalscorers: McGoldrick (2), Jebbison, Wood, Vydra

With both sides having nothing left to play, a trademark final day thriller could well be on the cards for this one, and anything could happen.

Sheffield United will be determined to salvage any scrap of consolation they can, and a win in front of a portion of home supporters will go some way in doing that.

Having already set their sights on next season, Burnley are likely to play with much less intensity than in their crucial clashes with Wolves and Fulham.

On the flip side, it's hard to see Sheffield United's woeful defensive record under Paul Heckingbottom dramatically improving in this one either.

With both sides having defensive vulnerabilities to exploit, an unexpected goal fest could materialise in South Yorkshire this weekend.