Sheffield United sit rock bottom of the Premier League table and are eight points adrift of safety ahead of the visit of West Ham on Sunday.
Ordinarily West Ham may be expected to win against bottom club Sheffield United, who have lost 15 of their 20 games, but the hosts have shown a bit of fight since Chris Wilder returned as manager and the Hammers are in the middle of a bit of a rough patch and are winless in three games across all competitions.
Instead, backing both teams to score looks a strong play here as the visitors struggle for clean sheets on their travels - managing just one shut-out in 10 attempts on the road in the Premier League.
The Blades are the division’s lowest scorers with a paltry 15 goals in 20 games but they have improved under Wilder with four goals in six league fixtures - only drawing blanks against Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City.
They also hit four goals against Gillingham in the FA Cup last time out and should be able to find a way through against West Ham’s suspect backline, so goals for both teams looks likely.
For West Ham, Jarrod Bowen (12/5) is a strong goal contender if he is able to feature following an ankle problem, but with the Blades expected to score there is more value to be found among the home players in this market and youngster Cameron Archer appeals.
Archer is the Blades’ joint top scorer in the league, alongside Ollie McBurnie, and his last goal came at Aston Villa back in December. The 22-year-old has been getting plenty of chances, however, and he has taken nine shots in total across his last three home games.
Archer, and the Blades, are perhaps due a bit of luck and his fortunes may change against West Ham on Sunday as the visitors have shipped 12 goals across their last five games on the road in all competitions.
Sheffield United have picked up 61 yellow cards in total in their 20 Premier League games, as well as two reds, meaning they average 3.2 cards per-game.
The Hammers are slightly better behaved, averaging 2.2 cards per-game, but that still suggests we should see at least five cards dished out in total on Sunday.
The Blades have seen five players booked themselves in each of their last two home games and over 4.5 total cards would have been a winning bet in their last five Premier League assignments at Bramall Lane.
West Ham have picked up two cards in each of their last two games (three yellow and one red), which were both FA Cup ties with Championship outfit Bristol City,
Chris Basham, John Egan and Daniel Jebbison are all sidelined for the hosts but Tom Davies is nearing a return, even if Sunday’s game may come too soon.
Yasser Larouci and Anis Ben Slimane are unavailable as they are competing at the Africa Cup of Nations.
West Ham’s main concern is top scorer Jarrod Bowen, who is rated as a doubt due to an ankle injury.
Forwards Michail Antonio, Lucas Paqueta and the suspended Said Benrahma are missing and the Hammers attacking options are also limited as Mohammed Kudus is at AFCON, as is defender Nayef Aguerd.
Sheffield United have picked up four of their nine Premier League points in the six games Chris Wilder has been in charge.
West Ham have conceded in nine of their 10 Premier League away games.
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