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🆕 THE STRIKER: previews Wednesday’s Premier League matches between MANCHESTER UNITED v SHEFFIELD UNITED and LIVERPOOL v CRYSTAL PALACE with a recommended BETDAQ bet and extended match stats. The Striker has made a superb start since it began.

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6pm We have another great evening of Premier League action on Wednesday and we start with a very interesting fixture! Manchester United host a Sheffield United side who have returned from lockdown in poor form. They created exceptionally little against Aston Villa, although granted they were unlucky the video technology didn’t pick up on the Villa keeper carrying the ball over the line, and then got hammered 3-0 by Newcastle. They were in the mix to challenge for a Top Four spot amazingly and now they need to collect points and try to get a Europa League spot.

Manchester United drew away from home to Spurs on their return, but had a favourable xG. They won the game 1.69 to 0.47 on xG. Lockdown came at a bad time for United as they were in excellent form after making some very good additions to the squad. This is a good time for them to meet Sheffield United and they are a confident bet at 1.48. I take on board that the behind closed doors element takes away home advantage to a certain degree; however Sheffield United have only netted 13 times away from home in 15 games. From what I’ve seen of them since returning it doesn’t look like that stat will improve. This United side is creating enough to win comfortably here and they are a good bet at 1.48.

The Striker Says:
Three points win Manchester United to beat Sheffield United at 1.48 with BETDAQ Exchange.

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  • Man Utd have won their last seven home meetings with Sheffield United in all competitions by an aggregate score of 17-2, since a 1-2 league defeat in December 1973.
  • Sheffield United’s last victory against Man Utd was in an FA Cup tie in February 1993 (2-1) – since then they’ve drawn one and lost seven of their eight meetings with the Red Devils.
  • Yorkshire clubs are winless in their last 42 top-flight visits to face Manchester United at Old Trafford (D11 L31) since Sheffield Wednesday won 2-0 in April 1986.
  • Manchester United have lost four of their last six (W2) midweek Premier League matches (Tuesday-Thursday), as many as they had in their previous 32 such games in the competition (W17 D11 L4).
  • Manchester United are unbeaten in 12 games in all competitions (W8 D4), netting 30 goals and conceding just three in that run. They last had a longer run without defeat between November 2016-January 2017 (17 games).
  • Prior to their 3-0 defeat against Newcastle United, Sheffield United had conceded just four goals in their previous eight games (W4 D3 L1). The Blades – who drew 3-3 against Man Utd earlier this season – haven’t shipped three goals in consecutive league games since January 2016 in League One under Nigel Adkins.
  • Sheffield United have handed Premier League debuts to players from each nation in Great Britain this season, with Welshman Kieron Freeman making his debut against Newcastle; they are the first side to do this since Blackpool in the 2010-11 season.
  • In the reverse fixture, Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood scored his first ever Premier League goal just four minutes after coming off the bench – at 18 years and 54 days, he was Man Utd’s third youngest ever goalscorer in the Premier League.
  • Since Bruno Fernandes’ debut for the club in February, no Manchester United player has scored more goals (4), made more assists (4), had more shots (38), shots on target (15), created more chances (26) or played more passes into the box (98, incl. crosses) than the Portuguese star.
  • Sheffield United have managed just 12 shots in their last two Premier League matches (D1 L1), as many as Manchester United had in their 1-1 draw against Spurs.


8.15pm Much was made about the Merseyside Derby at the weekend as Liverpool returned to action, but it turned out to be a very boring affair. Everton actually won on xG, but only marginally and a draw was a fair result. It was a surprising performance from Liverpool. Palace returned with a 2-0 win at Bournemouth but xG shows that they were very lucky. They scored two reasonably early goals and nothing much happened afterwards. The xG was actually only 0.86 to 0.55 to Palace.

Palace have build their success on being solid at the back this season. The xG table has them dropping out of the top ten and down to 15th, but when you start the season with a goal of staying up or having a mid-table finish; being solid at the back is probably the best tactic. Of course this has come at a cost of scoring goals, but Palace management who take their league position. Liverpool need to improve from their display against Everton, and I feel like we need to see how they perform tonight before investing a decent sized bet. For tonight, I like under 2.5 goals at 2.26 which is big enough for a small investment. Palace will solid and with no crowd, it will take Liverpool a while to break them down. Let’s judge Liverpool after this game, but for now unders is worth backing.

The Striker Says:
One point win Under 2.5 goals at 2.26 with BETDAQ Exchange.

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  • Liverpool have won their last five Premier League games against Crystal Palace since losing 1-2 at Anfield back in April 2017.
  • Crystal Palace’s last three Premier League wins against Liverpool have all been at Anfield – in 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17.
  • Liverpool have won their last 22 Premier League games at Anfield, the best ever winning run at home in English top-flight history. Indeed, the Reds are unbeaten in their last 55 home league games (W45 D10), with Crystal Palace the last side to win away at Anfield in the top-flight (2-1 in April 2017).
  • After a run of scoring in 36 consecutive Premier League games, Liverpool have now failed to find the back of the net in two of their last three. They’ve dropped more points in these three games (5 – W1 D1 L1) than they had in their previous 38 league matches combined (4 – W36 D2 L0).
  • Crystal Palace have won each of their last four Premier League matches, the longest current winning run in the competition. They’ve only won more consecutively in the competition twice – five in December 1992 and five in April 2014.
  • Though they’ve scored fewer first-half goals than any other Premier League side this season (9), Crystal Palace were 2-0 ahead after just 23 minutes in their last league match. Having failed to score more than once in the first half of any of their opening 29 matches this season, the Eagles were the first side since the season resumed to net twice in the opening 45 minutes.
  • Liverpool’s Sadio Mané has scored eight goals in 10 Premier League appearances against Crystal Palace, scoring exactly once in eight different games against them. His record of scoring in 80% of his appearances against Palace is the second-best ratio in Premier League history (minimum 10 games), behind Harry Kane against Arsenal (9/10, 90%).
  • Of the 116 goalkeepers to have played at least 50 Premier League games, Liverpool’s Alisson has the best clean sheet ratio (54% – 32/59), while he also has the best minutes-per- goal conceded rate in the competition, conceding once on average every 159 minutes.
  • Liverpool midfielder Fabinho could make his 50th Premier League appearance in this match. The Brazilian has been on the winning side in 23 of his 24 Premier League games at Anfield, the best win rate of any player to have played at least 20 times at the ground in the competition (96%).
  • Crystal Palace’s Jordan Ayew is the joint-top scorer in the Premier League this season among players who haven’t scored more than once in a game (9, level with Neal Maupay). The Eagles are unbeaten in all nine games in which he’s scored this season (W7 D2).

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