Friday, September 29, 2023

Sheffield United vs Everton LIVE commentary: Winless sides meet in crucial early-season relegation battle – kick-off time, team news and how to follow

We may only be three games into the season, but Sheffield United against Everton already feels like a big match.

Both sides have lost their opening three games, while the Toffees are yet to even score a Premier League goal.

The Blades pushed Manchester City all the way last weekend but lost 2-1Getty

It’s too early to say this is a six-pointer, but a win could be crucial for one of these teams to ignite their season.

A defeat could start to see one being cut adrift already, while a draw wouldn’t do much for either side.

Sheffield United vs Everton: Date and how to follow

This Premier League clash is set to take place on Saturday, September 2.

Kick-off at Bramall Lane is scheduled for 12:30pm.

talkSPORT will have live and exclusive coverage from south Yorkshire, with Faye Carruthers your host.

Commentary will then come from Sam Matterface and former West Ham striker Dean Ashton.

To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

It’s been a grim start to the campaign for EvertonGetty

Sheffield United vs Everton: Team news

The Blades have several injury concerns, with John Fleck, Rhian Brewster, Rhys Norrington-Davies and Max Lowe all long-term absentees.

But Oli McBurnie and Ismaila Coulibaly are now fit and could start.

Cameron Archer will hope to make his Premier League debut for United after completing his move from Aston Villa.

Luke Thomas has also just signed for the Blades on loan from Leicester.

Meanwhile, Everton also have plenty of issues as Dwight McNeil, Seamus Coleman, Dele Alli, Jack Harrison and Andre Gomes are all out.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin could play in a protective face mask after breaking his cheekbone against Villa, but Sean Dyche might elect to rest him.

Alex Iwobi has likely played his last game for the Toffees, with the former Arsenal man closing in on a move to Fulham.

But new striker Beto scored on his debut against Doncaster Rovers and could start.

Sheffield United vs Everton: What has been said?

Everton boss Dyche was impressed by Beto’s debut.

He said: “He only got here yesterday, so it was a lot to ask. We only got his clearance this morning, so we had already set the team up.

“I knew he was going to play, I had it in my mind to put him on at half time regardless, for Youssef [Chermiti], who is a young player, who is learning.

“He has adapted very quickly and very well tonight. Obviously, with all due respect, the Premier League is different, but he has shown the rawness, the pace and the effect he can have on a team and he gives us something different, which is what we brought him here for.”

It was a dream debut for Beto in midweekGetty

Sheffield United vs Everton: Match facts

Sheffield United won their last Premier League meeting with Everton 1-0 in May 2021 – they’ve not won consecutively against the Toffees in the competition since doing the double over them in 1992-93.Having lost their first Premier League away game against Sheffield United 1-0 in December 1992, Everton are unbeaten in their last four league visits to Bramall Lane (W2 D2), winning the last two.There have been just five goals scored in the five Premier League meetings between Sheffield United (2) and Everton (3) at Bramall Lane, with no side scoring more than once in any of those games.Each of the last four Premier League meetings between Everton and Sheffield United have been won by the away side; only four fixtures in the competition’s history have seen five consecutive away wins – Leicester v Man City (1994-2003), Blackburn v Fulham (2002-2005), Newcastle v Tottenham (2013-2015) and Crystal Palace v Liverpool (2015-2017).Everton are winless in their last six Premier League away games against promoted sides (D3 L3), having won five in a row before this.Both Sheffield United and Everton have lost each of their first three league games this season; this will be only the fifth occasion of two sides facing each other on 0 points in a Premier League match having both played at least three games, after Southampton v Swindon in August 1993, Portsmouth v Bolton in September 2009, Sheff Utd v Fulham in October 2020, and Arsenal v Norwich in September 2021.Everton are yet to score or pick up a point in the Premier League this season. Only in 1926-27 (first 5) and 1958-59 (first 6) have the Toffees ever lost each of their opening four games of a league season in their history, while in English top-flight history, only four sides have ever lost and failed to score in their first four fixtures: Derby in 1899-1900, Stoke in 1906-07, Preston in 1924-25, and Crystal Palace in 2017-18.Sheffield United are averaging fewer shots per game than any other Premier League side so far this season (7), while also facing more than any other side (23.3 per game). However, Everton are yet to score despite averaging 14.3 shots and 1.6 xG per game.Everton have won just two of their last 22 Premier League away games (D10 L10), with both of those victories coming on the south coast (2-1 v Southampton, 5-1 v Brighton). However, the Toffees are unbeaten in their last eight Premier League games in Yorkshire (W5 D3) since a 2-0 loss at Hull in January 2015.Everton manager Sean Dyche has won just one of his five meetings with Sheffield United in all competitions (D2 L2), losing both of his visits to Bramall Lane (0-3 in November 2019, 0-1 in May 2021).

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