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Looking for a replica of her eight-goal blow to Newport County in the previous round, Southampton travel to Sheffield United for round three of the EFL Cup at Tuesday evening.
In the meantime, Slavisa Jokanovic‘s Blades defeated Carlisle United before knocking Derby County out of the tournament to secure their place at this stage.
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The less said about Sheffield United’s start in the second division the better, although the Blades are slowly but surely beginning to show their chances of advancement and marched to a convincing 3-1 win over Hull City on Saturday afternoon.
Timeless talisman Billy Sharp Got the first blood with a header in the 17th minute in front of the defender John Egan scored a rare double in the second half to get the blades out of sight while Keane Lewis-PotterThe goal of the hosts in the 74th minute was only a consolation.
Sheffield United have been unbeaten in all competitions for five years and found their golden touch at just the right time – with 13 goals in their hot run – despite Jokanovic claiming his side could have shown more “killer spirit” over the weekend.
A 1-0 triumph over Carlisle preceded a 2-1 win over the other championship team Derby in the EFL Cup for the Blades, which renewed hostilities with the Rams – now in administration – four days after visiting Southampton Middlesbrough also in wait until the end of the month.
Should Sheffield United advance to the fourth round of the EFL Cup this week, it will be the best run in the tournament since the memorable run into the 2014-15 semi-finals, but Southampton has already demonstrated its prowess in the competition.
Another day, Ralph HasenhüttlThe brave team could have gone home from Etihad with all three points in their pockets as a Saints penalty – and a red card for Kyle Walker for a foul on Adam Armstrong – was controversially overturned by VAR in front of the joyful followers of City.
The champions’ home crowd, however, had little reason to cheer for the rest of the afternoon as Southampton struck a very believable draw against the champions who had previously beaten Everton, Norwich City and Arsenal with three consecutive 5-0 results at Etihad from Hasenhüttl’s men nullified.
While holding pep GuardiolaMen’s men’s to a goalless draw is not an easy task, Southampton remain victorious in the new Premier League season – four of their first five games drawn and the other lost to Everton – but the Saint Mary’s are going to get their 8-0 EFL don’t forget Newport County’s second-round cup annihilation in a hurry.
Southampton famously reached the final of the 2016-17 EFL Cup before being sunk by one Zlatan Ibrahimovic– Inspired Manchester United, and they haven’t made it through the fourth round since – losing to Leicester City and Man City in 2018-19 and 2019-20, respectively.
In their last two Premier League seasons, Sheffield United suffered four straight defeats to Southampton, 9-1 on aggregate, and Hasenhuttl’s side only won 2-0 at Bramall Lane in March.
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Sheffield United will have to do without borrowers Morgan Gibbs-White and Conor Hourihanewho are cup-tied after playing for Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa in the previous rounds.
Gibbs-White’s absence opens up a place for the 21-year-old Iliman Ndiaye to present while Oliver Norwood could take Hourihane’s place in the middle next door Adlene Guedioura.
Sander mountains suffered achilles tendon distortion prior to defeating Hull and will likely not be fit here while Enda Stevens, David McGoldrick, Lys Mousset and Jack O’Connell also occupy places in the treatment room.
Loan player from Liverpool Ben Davies had to be undressed in the dying embers of the Saturday game too, but his replacement was only considered a precautionary measure.
Southampton, meanwhile, remains without Stuart Armstrong and Theo Walcott initially because of calf or muscle problems, but Will smallbone has returned to team training after a knee injury.
Mohamed Elyounoussi‘s hat-trick against Newport in the second round rekindled his Saints career, but the Norwegian or Nathan Redmond can fail here as Nathan Tella and Moussa Djenepo hope for opportunities to impress.
Chelsea loan Armando Broja will also hope to benefit from some rotation to start up while newcomers Lyanco could make his debut for the club in the heart of the defense Jack Stephens went injured against City.
Sheffield United possible starting line-up:
Foderingham; Bogle, Basham, Egan, Robinson; Norwood, Guedioura; Burke, Ndiaye, Brewster; McBurnie
Southampton possible starting line-up:
Ranger; Valery, Lyanco, Salisu, Perraud; Elyounoussi, Diallo, Ward-Prowse, Djenepo; Broja, Adams
Probability: Sheffield United 0-1 Southampton
Despite their winless start to the new Premier League season, Southampton have certainly achieved some respectable results, although they most likely won’t have as much luck in front of goal as they did here against Newport.
Sheffield United are not to be taken lightly as they are gaining momentum under Jokanovic, but with the heavy rotation at both ends we expect Southampton’s winning streak against the Blades on their way to round four with a narrow win is continued.
Best betting tip for this match
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