2. Callum Wilson nets brace as Bournemouth win at Sheffield United
Sunday’s first match sees Bournemouth travel to Sheffield United in another game that’s difficult to call. Sheffield United have had an outstanding season and although they’ve already over-performed they don’t look like slowing down.
The fact that they’re close to a European position is quite remarkable considering the squad of players they have. Jurgen Klopp should win manager of the year but Chris Wilder should be a very close second considering what he’s managed to do with a heavily British-based side.
Eddie Howe is enduring his toughest top-flight spell as Bournemouth manager with some people beginning to question whether he’s the right man to continue leading the Cherries forward. The English manager has quieted any doubters in recent weeks with back-to-back Premier League wins that have seen his side climb out of the relegation zone.
Another win this weekend would give Bournemouth even more breathing space but it could be hard to come by against a Sheffield United side that are defensively dogged. Although teams seem to have a better chance of winning at Bramall Lane than they do when hosting the Blades.
Chris Wilder’s side have won five, drawn two and lost five at home whilst away from home they’ve won four, drawn seven and lost two – the two losses coming against Liverpool and Manchester City. Those stats should give Bournemouth hope of coming away from Bramall Lane with at least a point this weekend.
Eddie Howe will have his side go for the win this weekend and look to do what Newcastle did to the Blades. The Magpies rode their luck a little but they contained Sheffield United well and then effectively hit them on the break.
Bournemouth have the ability to keep United out and the pace to catch them on the break. The Cherries will win this one 2-1 courtesy of two goals from Callum Wilson. Oli McBurnie will get a late reply for the Blades but they won’t have enough to get the equalizer.