Sutton predicts Blades v Hammers


Sutton predicts Blades v Hammers

Chris Sutton predicts the Hammers v Blades will be played out by two teams who prefer a counter attacking game.

Sutton predicts Blades v Hammers

Neither like to control possession and as a result the BBC pundit believes the game has draw written all over it.

In his summary of the game he says that Blades boss Chris Wilder decided against giving his squad a warm weather break claiming that his message to the players is that only hard graft will get them out of trouble now.

He adds that the Yorkshire outfit as the  bottom  Premier League side and and eight points adrift of safety have got a heck of a lot of work to do.

But with a busy schedule on their hands and having little time on the training pitch the last couple of weeks has given him the chance to work with them.

That could make a difference against a Hammers team with injury and Afcon absence problems against a team which, as he says, needs results quickly.

Giving his prediction he declares that Sheffield United  are the lowest scorers in the top flight which is why they have brought in Ben Brereton Diaz on loan from Villarreal, but it’s going to be hard for them to break West Ham down.

He adds: “The Hammers will be smarting after Tuesday’s FA Cup defeat to Bristol City but they did make a few changes for that game, and I just don’t see them being beaten again here.

Neither side have a possession-based style of play, so they won’t particularly want the ball. It is going to be tight, and it’s got draw written all over it.”

Sutton’s prediction: 1-1


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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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