Southampton – Sheffield United: About 2,000 Southampton fans will get their first look at Ralph Hasenhuttl’s improved Saints on Sunday when Sheffield United heads to St. Mary’s (Watch live, 7am ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).
The visitors are off to the worst start in Premier League history with only one point in 11 matches, including six-straight losses.
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Saints, meanwhile, sit in fifth place, one point back of fourth and four back of leaders Spurs and Liverpool.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Southampton – Sheffield United.
Team news (INJURY REPORT)
Southampton: Danny Ings returns to the starting lineup, as he replaces Moussa Djenepo in the only change for Saints after their win at Brighton.
🚨 TEAM NEWS 🚨
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) December 13, 2020
Sheffield United: Enda Stevens, Ethan Ampadu, Billy Sharp and Phil Jagielka all come into the starting lineup.
4 changes for United. 💪
Ampadu, Jagielka, Sharp and Stevens all come into the side for today's game. pic.twitter.com/5pnBGZQF93
— Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) December 13, 2020
What they’re saying ahead of Southampton – Sheffield United
Kyle Walker-Peters on how he’s grown under Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl: “Massively. The way he wants us to play is very intense, high energy and that suits me really well. I am in a team where it really complements me, so for that reason I am improving every game and I feel like I am confident every game and hopefully that continues.”
Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder on reversing their fortunes: “We’ve just got to carry on working hard, carry on believing and if we do that — continue to put everything in — then I’m sure things will turn for us. Yes, there’s things we can do better and yes, we have got to look at ourselves. We’re not ignoring that and we won’t ignore that. But we’re also doing a lot of things well, certainly as well as we did last season.”
Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)
Saints bag -143 for a win. A draw between Southampton and Blades yields +270, while a United win pays +380.
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Southampton – Sheffield United prediction
Blades have been very unlucky this season while Saints got the rub of the green with a late penalty to beat Brighton. That doesn’t mean United can head south and handle its business with Danny Ings and Co., but it won’t hurt. Southampton 1-1 Sheffield United.
How to watch Southampton – Sheffield United stream and start time
Kickoff: 7am ET Sunday
TV Channel: NBCSN
Online: Stream via NBCSports.com