Everton v Sheffield United betting tips: Toffees eye top six
Everton’s slim hopes of claiming one of the Champions League places were virtually eradicated in Thursday’s goalless draw with Aston Villa, so the Europa League looks like their best chance of European competition next season.
The Toffees are two points adrift of sixth-placed West Ham and 7/1 to secure a Europa League spot ahead of their home clash with relegated Sheffield United, who have lost their last seven away games.
The onus is on the Merseysiders to attack so let’s examine some of the markets to aid your Everton v Sheffield United betting tips.
Gylfi Sigurdsson’s late goal gave Everton a second successive 1-0 victory at Bramall Lane and the same scoreline is priced at 11/2.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men have won two of their last four games 1-0 but they were facing better teams than United so Everton to win and under 3.5 goals at 11/10 may seem like a more sensible option, with the Blades losing five of their last seven away games by that outcome.
"The first goal was the one that changed the game, to concede so early."
Paul Heckingbottom's reaction. 👇
— Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) May 8, 2021
In the three meetings between the teams since the Blades were promoted to the Premier League the home side has lost on every occasion with the visitors priced at 7/1 to win only their sixth game of the season and 50/1 by the 2-0 scoreline at Goodison Park in much happier times.
The former may not seem that outlandish bearing in mind the Blues have won just five games at home this season compared with 11 on the road.
Everton have been behind at the break on just five occasions this season but only Manchester United have been level at half-time more times than the Blues, who are 6/5 to draw the opening 45 minutes or 29/10 on Draw HT/Everton FT.
Ancelotti deployed a 4-4-2 once again in the draw at Aston Villa where the visitors probably deserved more against a team that faded in the second half.
Counterpart Paul Heckingbottom played a 3-5-2 in the 2-0 home defeat by Crystal Palace with Oliver Burke and David McGoldrick leading the line for a team that have scored just once in five outings.
McGoldrick is the favourite to open the scoring for the South Yorkshire side at 13/2 and he is 13/5 to net any time.
It won’t surprise anyone to see Toffees striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin at 2/1 to bag the opener and 4/6 to get on the scoresheet while of the outsiders Ben Godfrey looks interesting at 10/1 to open his Everton account having forced Villa keeper Emi Martinez into making a save on Thursday.
Where: Goodison Park
When: 19:00, Sunday 16th May
How to watch: BT Sport
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication