Surging Southampton beat Sheffield United

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Southampton – Sheffield United ended in a comeback 3-1 win for the hosts, as Che Adams scored twice and Danny Ings scored another to cancel out John Lundstram’s opener.

The Blades took the lead but Saints were better throughout as Adams scored twice in the second half against his former team, then Ings scored his 22nd Premier League of the season to make it 3-1 as he finished as the second-top goalscorer in the Premier League.

With the win Saints finish in 11th spot on 52 points, while Sheffield United finish ninth on 54 points.


Saints pinned Sheffield United back and a wild sequence saw Ings brought down but no foul given, then Sharp was played in over the top but Alex McCarthy made a fine save to deny him.

Ings and Ward-Prowse then both had shots blocked superbly and the Blades took the lead soon after. A cross from the left missed everyone and found Lundstram who finished at the back post to see Sheffield United on their way.

McCarthy then saved from Lundstram after a counter and Ings was denied by another fine block as the end-to-end nature of the game continued.

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After Will Smallbone came on in the first half, he made a big difference as he set up the equalizer.

Smallbone flicked it through to Adams who scored at the near post as Blades goalkeeper Dean Henderson should have done better. Moments later Smallbone curled just over and then Oriol Romeu made a superb tackle after Alex McCarthy was caught out.

Southampton pinned Sheffield United back in the second half as Kyle Walker-Peters had a shot blocked and it fell to Che Adams who smashed home his and Saints’ second goal.

Ings then won and scored a penalty kick to seal the win and a fine finish to the season for Southampton.

Wilder proud of ‘ridiculous overachievers’ Sheffield United

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What a difference four days makes for Chris Wilder.

The Sheffield United boss tore into the Blades after they lost to Leicester City on Friday, but Wilder was full of praise for his players after their top-six charge was stopped short by a 1-0 loss to Everton at Bramall Lane on Monday.

The newly-promoted Blades had been pegged to fight relegation this season but instead stayed in the European picture until the final whistle of Match No. 37.

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“Top six should never have been in the equation from the minute we set foot into the division,” Wilder said, via the BBC. “What you try and do in a season is try and get your players and club to overachieve and we have ridiculously overachieved.”

Blades can’t finish any higher than sixth now if Wolves take another point (They lead Palace 1-0 as of post time).

And Wilder’s in a reflective mood, even if it all stings a bit right now.

“We are delighted as staff we have got the maximum out of the players,” he said. “They have left everything out there yet again tonight. Yes they lacked that bit of quality in the final third but to 10 guaranteed and another season in the Premier League: That is what we should be reflecting on.

“I’m just disappointed to be honest because I am sure there would be 32,000 supporters now giving these boys a standing ovation. To beat the likes of Spurs, Chelsea and Wolves. I think the supporters would have recognised what we have done this season.”

It’s good to hear Wilder back his boys, as expected, after such a bitter (and understandable) response on Friday. Blades competing for a Europa League spot is amazing and Wilder should be in consideration for the next post after Jurgen Klopp on the Premier League Manager of the Year list.

Everton dashes Blades’ Europa hopes

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Sheffield United – Everton recap: Carlo Ancelotti’s men rebounded from a poor performance to put a serious hit on Sheffield United’s European dreams with a 1-0 win at Bramall Lane on Monday.

Richarlison’s 13th PL goal this season was enough for a win on a day Everton took the match’s only shots on target. Two. Blech.

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Sheffield United’s 54 points are good for eighth place, two points off Wolves who play later Monday and four behind Spurs. Seventh may not be good enough for the Europa League if Arsenal beats Chelsea in the FA Cup Final.

Everton moves 11th with 49 points, as high as they can finish this season.

SHEFFIELD UNITED – EVERTON FULL MATCH REPLAY


Three things we learned

1. Blades dreams dashed: Chris Wilder will have thought his team could do better but their finish was poor. The Blades couldn’t realistically hope to keep getting key goals from defenders, and ultimately their lack of punch will keep them on the European periphery. That’s no insult, as many had Blades as one-and-done in the PL following last summer’s promotion.

2. Ancelotti gets more food for thought: We said after the Villa draw that so few players had staked a claim to be part of the Ancelotti future at Goodison Park. Well, Michael Keane made another claim that he and Mason Holgate (who did not play) can do a job in the center of the park, and young Jarrad Branthwaite had a nice night at CB as well. Lucas Digne was good as usual at left back and Djibril. Sidibe was good on the right.

3. Richarlison the aerial monster:The Brazilian’s 13th goal of the Premier League season was his third of Project Restart. He got to the front of the pack to turn Gylfi Sigurdsson’s cross beyond the reach of Dean Henderson. The 23-year-old now has 41 PL goal involvements over three seasons between Watford and Everton.

Man of the Match

Michael Keane — The Everton defender has had his fair share of feast or famine performances this year but he followed up a fine performance against Villa by again running the back with 12 clearances, two blocked shots, and 10-of-11 duels won.


Sheffield United – Everton recap

The match took some time to get moving, and Everton saw a cross through the 18 go unanswered in the 20th.

Richarlison put Everton ahead just after half time when he raced to the front of the pack to meet Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free kick and head into the goal.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin was the next to tempt the scoreboard though he couldn’t defy Henderson.

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Ballcap-wearing Jordan Pickford was challenged by the sun in the late goings, and Everton was off the hook after John Fleck helped win a corner when Billy Sharp was whistled for a foul.

Richarlison couldn’t meet a Theo Walcott cross in the 80th as Everton looked to put away the Blades.

Wolves – Crystal Palace stream: How to watch, start time, prediction

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Sheffield United – Everton, Newcastle – Brighton and Wolves – Crystal Palace takes center stage on Monday: The Premier League’s wild and wonderful summer run continues Monday with a trio of matches, two of which could shake up the European pictures.

The third will see a bottom-tier outfit hope to use its home field to seal another season in the Premier League.

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There are two tilts at 1pm ET on Monday.

Plenty of focus will be on Bramall Lane, where Sheffield United needs to rebound from a surprising loss at Leicester City. That we’re calling it a surprise underscores just how wonderful Blades have been this year, having knocked off Wolves and Chelsea in back-to-back matches. United is four points back of sixth-place Spurs with a match-in-hand.

The opponents can be tough. The keyword is can. Everton has proven capable of looking like world-beaters or relegation candidates, and they were flat-out miserable in a draw with Aston Villa last time out.

That 1 pm ET kickoff will see the Toffees hoping to show manager Carlo Ancelotti that they should remain part of his plans next season.

Kicking off at the same time is Brighton and Newcastle. The 16th-place Seagulls will be safe the next time they gain a point or Villa drops one. They’d prefer to handle it themselves against a Newcastle team which has been feast or famine this season.

Rounding off Monday sees Wolves host Crystal Palace (start time, 3:15pm ET).

Wolves have only take four of the last 12 points available to them, and sit seventh. While eighth looked like a possible route to Europa League football for some time, an Arsenal win in the FA Cup Final would mean seventh isn’t enough.

Wolves’ 56 points are two behind Spurs, though of course Spurs have a match-in-hand. They’ll expect to beat a Palace team which has struggled to the tune of six-straight PL losses.


Odds and ends

(-112) Brighton v. Newcastle (+340), Tie: +240
(+115) Sheffield United v. Everton (+255), Tie: +230
(-215) Wolves v. Crystal Palace (+675), Tie: +320


Predictions

Brighton’s desperation gets a goal but the Magpies do, too, in a 1-1 draw.

Blades are frustrated by a fired-up Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison, and Everton in a 2-2 draw.

Wolves fuel their UEL hopes by beating Palace 3-1.


How to watch Sheffield United – Everton stream

Start time: 1 pm ET Monday
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Leicester: Maddison, Chilwell out; Wilder fumes at Sheffield United

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Leicester City have revealed an injury update as both James Maddison and Ben Chilwell will not play again this season, while Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder was left fuming after the Blades’ woeful display.

Speaking after Leicester’s 2-0 win against Sheffield United on Thursday, Brendan Rodgers confirmed the star duo will be out for the final two games of the season against Tottenham and Manchester United as the Foxes chase Champions League action.

Christian Fuchs will also be out for up to 14 weeks with a groin issue, as Rodgers revealed the latest Maddison and Chilwell injury update too.

“Christian will not be involved for the rest of the season, he could be 12-14 weeks out. James [Maddison] and Ben [Chilwell] won’t play for the rest of the season. Marc [Albrighton] is a doubt for the weekend but may play against Manchester United. We’ve obviously got a few injuries which is unfortunate for us,” Rodgers confirmed.

Maddison and Chilwell have both been linked with moves away this summer and the emergence of young Luke Thomas at left back, who had an assist on his Leicester debut, could pave the way for Chilwell to move on and Leicester to invest that cash elsewhere.

With Tottenham and Man United left to play, this Chilwell and Maddison injury update, plus having Ricardo Pereira, Marc Albrighton and Christian Fuchs out injured, is a blow for Leicester’s Champions League hopes.

But the win against Sheffield United means this is Leicester City’s second-highest finish in their Premier League history (we all know what the highest was!) and guarantees European action next season. Rodgers is delighted by that but wants to finish off the job and reach the Champions League.

“When we all sat down at the start of the season we sat down and said that we had a huge challenge, for Leicester City to get into Europe,” Rodgers said. “In my time here I felt that was what I wanted to achieve. To be able to do that in the first season, how we’ve worked and the performance level to guarantee that now, it is an absolutely phenomenal achievement as to what the players have done.

“Okay, we’ve lacked that bit of consistency which may have consolidated the Champions League a bit earlier for us but there’s only one real consistent team in the league and that’;s been Liverpool. For these boys to guarantee this position with a couple of games to go, I tip my hat to them. It’s an amazing achievement, however, there’s two games to go and we’ve achieved that goal. Can we go on now and achieve this barrier-breaking goal and get into the Champions League? It will be tough but you can see tonight that we are ready for a tough game and we are going to give everything to finish as high as we can.”

As for Sheffield United, let’s just say Chris Wilder was less than impressed as his team remain in the Europa League hunt with two games to go but were uncharacteristically well off the pace.

The Blades were second best throughout and if it wasn’t for goalkeeper Dean Henderson they would have lost by five or six. After wins against Tottenham, Wolves and Chelsea in recent weeks heading into this game, Wilder was at a loss to explain why his team played so badly.

“Not the result and not the performance, way off it from the first minute to the 94th minute. The goalkeeper has kept us in the game and every aspect of the game we were second best,” Wilder said. “We deservedly got beat and I’m delighted I’m walking out of this ground today only getting beat 2-0 because they could have been four or five if it wasn’t for the goalkeeper. Our play lacked thought, lacked care, lacked aggression, lack enthusiasm, lacked everything. Every part of the game that you need to do to have any chance of getting any sort of result.”

Dean Henderson played superbly for the Blades and ProSoccerTalk asked if that underlined his importance and if Wilder wants him to stay on loan from Man United next season.

“He’s the one positive from tonight. His performance was up there. It was excellent,” Wilder said. Of course, he’s been outstanding for us all season so why wouldn’t you want to keep him in the building for next year? But that isn’t my decision.”

Will this display sharpen Sheffield United up for games against Everton and Southampton to finish the season, and could any good come from this performance?

“Why does it have to take a really poor performance to sharpen you up as a professional footballer?” Wilder said. “Nothing. Nothing. I take nothing out of tonight. Why would I? Nothing.”

Will Wilder be dwelling on this for the next few days?

“Yeah, I’ll be dwelling on this, right the way through. I won’t forget this. I don’t just put my head on the pillow tonight and think ‘oh, I’m a bit tired I will go to sleep.’ Got to analyze it, do what I can in my powers, whether it is team selection, training, whatever I can do. Ultimately you’re in the hands of the players and if that’s the case it’s going to be a struggle for the last two games of the season if we think that’s going to be alright or acceptable.”

Wilder tells it how it is and the Blades were blunt at Leicester, but their European dream is still intact.