Sheffield United 2.546/4 v Southampton 3.211/5; The Draw 3.412/5
Saturday 14 September, 15:00
Blades cutting it at the sharp end
It's been a good start to life back in the top flight for Sheffield United, with Chris Wilder's side having only lost one of their first four games (W1 D2).
The Blades claimed a valuable point in their last outing before the international break, when they came back from being two goals down away at Chelsea, to draw 2-2. That result sees Sheffield United go into this weekend in a comfortable position of tenth.
Wilder will be under no illusions as to the challenge he faces in keeping his team in the Premier League, following their promotion last season. Home form will be crucial and it will be particularly important for Sheffield United to pick up victories against other teams that are expected to be fighting against relegation, such as this week's opponents Southampton.
There are a quartet of players that could be unavailable for Wilder this weekend. Bryan Kean, John Fleck, David McGoldrick and Callum Robinson are all doubts with injuries.
Southampton put together unbeaten run
After back-to-back defeats at the start of the season, there are signs of improvement at Southampton.
Ralph Hasenhuttl's team are now unbeaten in three. They won their first game of the season away at Brighton, followed that with a victory at Fulham in the League Cup and will have been pleased to draw with Manchester United in their most recent outing, in a match that saw them reduced to ten men for much of the second-half.
If there's a worry about the Saints, it's the longstanding issue of who will score their goals. New signing Che Adams has yet to score in the Premier League after hitting 22 in the Championship for Birmingham last season, while Danny Ings has to prove that he has the fitness to be consistently available.
One player who certainly won't be available to Hasenhuttl on Saturday is Kevin Danso, after his sending off against Manchester United. Ryan Bertrand and Moussa Djenepo could also miss the trip north with injuries.
Draw stands out in even match
Sheffield United are the 2.546/4 favourites, with Southampton at 3.211/5 and the draw at 3.412/5.
With both sides having started the season reasonably brightly, there's no obvious winner here. Sheffield United's home advantage is negated by the fact that Southampton have more experience at this level and a little more quality, making the draw the best pick in a match that is likely to be decided by fine margins.
Attacking mentalities should result in goals
Both teams to score is priced at 1.9210/11, just ahead of the 'No' option in that market at 1.9420/21.
That seems slightly generous when the two teams have only kept one clean sheet each in the Premier League this season. Though neither have a reliable goalscorer, both managers are committed to an attacking style of play and will see this as an opportunity to claim a win.
Stevens due a booking
There could be some opportunities in backing players to be booked. Sheffield United's Enda Stevens ranks fourth for the most fouls in the Premier League this season and seventh for the most tackles. As a wing-back he's often in one-on-one situations and is priced at 5.04/1 to be shown a card.
Another option from Sheffield United is John Lundstram, who looks big at 6.05/1 having been booked twice already this season. Southampton's James Ward-Prowse has also received two yellows and is available at 5.59/2.