Sheffield United vs Southampton Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Sheffield United vs Southampton | Tuesday 16 December, 2014 | Bramall Lane | 19.45
Despite an impressive start to the season, Southampton have been underperforming lately, giving lower-league Sheffield United hope for their League Cup clash on Tuesday.
Ronald Koeman’s men were defeated last week by Manchester United before a shock 1-0 loss to Burnley on Saturday.
Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse believes that the weekend result was just a fluke and that the Saints will return to top form ahead of Tuesday’s League Cup match.
Koeman’s men have now lost four consecutive games – albeit it three of them against the Premier League’s top teams – and will need to not let a run of bad luck affect their performance going into the League Cup tie.
Ward-Prowse returned to the Saints following eight weeks out with an ankle injury and hopes that his return will bring new life to a flagging Southampton side, adding that they mustn’t underestimate their League One rivals.
“It will be similar to the game against Burnley,” he said. “They’ll want to battle and fight so we’ll have to battle first and hope the technicality shines through.
“We know what’s required and we’re desperate to turn our form around and get back on track.”
Koeman will be without top scorer Graziano Pelle on Tuesday as he serves a ban for picking up a fifth booking at Turf Moor.
Sheffield United have faced just won defeat in their last seven matches and will be riding off the momentum of another undefeated performance against Fleetwood Town last Saturday.
Manager Nigel Clough had several players on the bench at the weekend but many are expected to return in time for the quarter final clash.
“I don’t think we’ll go with the same system on Tuesday,” Clough said. “We had a few who weren’t fit to start and a few who didn’t make the 18.
“We hope we’re taking momentum into that game. We’ll need everything we can get to deal with Southampton.”
Sheffield United vs Southampton Betting Tips
Given Southampton’s recent lull in form and United’s resurgent display, it could be worth backing Sheffield for the home win at 11/2 with Betway.
If you think Southampton have got this one in the bag then check out Betfred for a 2-0 Saints victory at 6/1.