Sheffield United vs Barnet predictions and betting tips for this FA Cup match on Sunday with a goals prediction and anytime goalscorer included.
Expert Tipster Prediction: Sheffield United are firing on all cylinders at the moment and they look set to be heavily involved in the Championship play-offs this season. Chris Wilder’s side have added Kieran Dowell to their side and there is a decent competition for places in the squad. That may help Wilder rotate his squad for this FA Cup clash against Barnet. The Bees are the only non-league side left in the competition but this is far from the ideal fixture for the North Londoners and it’s likely that they’ll crash out at this stage. Barnet should fight and scrap throughout but the Blades should be too strong. It should be relatively straightforward for the hosts and they are expected to book their place in the fourth round on Sunday.
Sheffield United have a fantastic home record in the FA Cup and that has continued in recent years under Chris Wilder. The Blades have won eight of their last nine games at Bramall Lane in this competition and they clearly enjoy this distraction from the league. They beat Leyton Orient 6-0 in 2016 and also kept clean sheets against Oldham, Preston and Worcester here. Barnet should provide a challenge but it appears to be one which Sheffield United can cope with. The Bees have been inconsistent this season and very frustrating to bet on. They have a talented squad who can make a push for the play-offs but they seems unable to string a series of results together. Sheffield United have plenty of strength in depth and they can afford to make changes here. With players joining the club, it puts pressure on those already at the club and there could be some fringe players who are eager to impress here. This is far from ideal for Barnet and it doesn’t look like they are going to reach the fourth round of the competition. Expect a professional display from the Championship outfit who should also be able to cover the -1 handicap at an odds-on price.
What is the best price for -1 Sheffield United on the Handicap? 3/4 with Betway
Sheffield United’s defence came under increasing pressure earlier in the season and they began leaking goals in the Championship. They’ve conceded 28 goals this season but they arrive off the back of successive clean sheets and I full expect them to keep another one here. The Blades have kept just four clean sheets at home this season but this should be much easier and they have an excellent record in the FA Cup of preventing sides from getting on the scoresheet. Preston were the last side to score at this ground in the FA Cup and that came back in February 2015. They’ve conceded just four goals in nine home matches and Barnet aren’t in prolific form at the moment. The National League side have scored just four times in five matches and could draw another blank in this one. Sheffield United to Win to Nil is the second of our Sheffield United vs Barnet predictions and is available at a decent price.
What are the best odds for Sheffield United to Win to Nil? 21/20 with Bet Victor
My tactic for anytime goalscorer betting in FA Cup games tends to revolve around secondary strikers and those forwards who haven’t been first choice domestically. Leon Clarke fits the bill in this case. The former Wolves man did score just a couple of games ago but he’s played second fiddle to David McGoldrick and Billy Sharp. He was prolific last season but he’s netted on just three occasions so far and that is down to a lack of action. With Connor Washington also vying for a start, he has some competition but he should get some game-time in this one and I believe he can terrorise the Barnet back-line throughout the 90 minutes. Leon Clarke is a natural goalscorer and the 33-year old is the third of our Sheffield United vs Barnet betting tips for Sunday afternoon.
What is the best price on Leon Clarke to Score Anytime? 11/10 with Coral
Sheffield United will be very popular with accumulator backers this weekend and it’s difficult to see them slipping up. They can be backed at 1/4 to cruise through to the next round whilst it’s 12/1 for Barnet to pull off a shock. It’s 11/2 for these sides to draw and require a replay at the Hive a week on Tuesday.
As our predictions detail, Sheffield United have a good record of keeping clean sheets at home in the FA Cup but it’s 21/20 for Both Teams to Score? Yes in this fixture whilst a more reasonable looking 7/10 is currently available for Both Teams to Score? No. Goals are expected for the Blades and Over 2.5 Goals is currently 4/7 and will be backed by many punters this weekend.
Billy Sharp scored Sheffield United’s winner when they last hosted an FA Cup fixture here and he’s 3/1 to score the first goal of the game again. He’s closely followed by David McGoldrick whose been in excellent form and is 10/3 to break the deadlock. Connor Washington is an interesting prospect and could get game-time here. The former postman is 9/2 to open the scoring.
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