26 December 2019 live
Sheffield United enter this match looking to complete a run of four consecutive Premier League (PL) wins for the first time since 1993. If the ‘Blades’ win this game it will likely be with a clean sheet, as Sheffield have registered one in 20 of their last 21 league victories across England’s top two divisions.
The home fans can expect a tight defensive display in the first half, as Sheffield possess the PL’s best defensive record at half-time, after conceding an average of just 0.33 goals per-game before the break.
For their part, Watford travel to Bramall Lane after claiming only one win across their last ten away fixtures in the top flight (D2, L7). The fact that six of those seven losses have seen them fail to score will concern their fans, as will the fact that Watford are yet to score beyond the hour mark on the road so far this PL campaign.
Aiming to put an end to a run of three consecutive away losses in the league, Watford know how important scoring first in this game could be. Significantly, the ‘Hornets’ have lost each of the five PL road trips in which they have conceded the opening goal this campaign.
Players to watch: Sheffield’s top league scorer Lys Mousset has scored his team’s opening goal in three of the last four top-flight games where he has scored.
For the opposing strikeforce, Ismaïla Sarr (two PL goals) remains Watford’s last match winner and away scorer.
Stat attack: Five of Sheffield’s nine conceded home league goals have come within the 61st to 75th minute period.
Only two of Sheffield’s PL home fixtures to date have featured both sides scoring – a joint-league low.
Each of Watford’s last seven H2Hs vs Sheffield across England’s top two divisions held here have featured a 1-0 scoreline at half time either way.
What time is kick off?
The match begins at 16:00.