Neither of these teams are playing for much on the final day of the 2019-20 Premier League season, as Southampton welcome Sheffield United to St Mary’s. That doesn’t mean there isn’t money to be made on this fixture though, as we assess each team’s chances in our betting preview for the game.
Where and when: St Mary’s Stadium – 26 July, kick-off 16:00
Where you can see Southampton vs. Sheffield United: TBC
Last time: Moussa Djenepo scored the only goal of the game midway through the second half, as Southampton beat Sheffield United 1-0 at Bramall Lane in September.
Southampton v Sheffield United Predictions and Preview
Sheffield United came so close to securing European football in a remarkable first campaign back in the top flight. They may come to see it as a blessing that their squad isn’t stretched next term, of all seasons, while Southampton fans will certainly see their team’s strong form since the restart as a blessing an hugely encouraging for next term.
The Saints have only lost one of their eight fixtures since the break, a 2-0 defeat to Arsenal. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side were very much in the relegation picture earlier in the season, but it’s to the manager’s credit that the hosts could finish as high as 11th, depending on how Everton get on against Bournemouth.
Southampton will finish at least 12th, and are 15 points clear of the bottom three going into the final day. They’ve recorded a number of impressive results since the restart, including a victory over outgoing champions Manchester City and a late draw against in-form Manchester United.
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Southampton to win and BTTS
Southampton to win 3-2
Ings to score first
Last weekend’s victory over south coast rivals ended a run of three straight draws for the Saints, but also took them to six unbeaten, and they are the 13/10 favourites to pick up another win here. Sheffield United, meanwhile, are 40/17, with the draw priced at 5/2.
The Blades have had a disappointing restart, failing to win any of their first three games back. That saw them slip out of the race for the top four, while back-to-back defeats to Leicester City and Everton in their last two games has cost them a place in next season’s Europa League.
It’s still been an outstanding campaign for United though, with a win here guaranteeing them eighth place in the final Premier League table. Chris Wilder should have a fully-fit squad to choose from in order to get it, with Luke Freeman the only slight doubt for the game.
Southampton, on the other hand, will be without previous match-winner against the Blades, Djenepo, as well as Sofiane Boufal. They are both injured, while Jan Bednarek and Nathan Tella are also listed as 50/50 for this final fixture of the season.
One to watch for Southampton: Danny Ings has scored 21 Premier League goals so far this season, putting him second in the race for the Golden Boot just two behind Jamie Vardy. Ings has six in eight since the restart, including four openers, and he is the 3/1 favourite to break the deadlock once again here.
One to watch for Sheffield United: Blades forward David McGoldrick had gone the whole season without a goal before hitting a match-winning brace against Chelsea a couple of weeks ago. He is 8/1 to open the scoring in this match, and 5/1 in a score/win double.
Long shot: Sheffield United beat Southampton 2-1 when the teams last met at St Mary’s, which was in the Championship back in 2009. The season before that, the Saints won 3-2 at the same ground, and a repeat of that result on Sunday is priced at 28/1. With Ings scoring first, those odds rise to a massive 136/1.