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Blades to cut down Eagles

Blades to cut down Eagles

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The weekend’s Premier League action concludes with a couple of games on Sunday involving teams likely to feature at differing ends of the table, and we will start by assessing how the new boys might get on.

Sheffield United to beat Crystal Palace @ 33/20

The Blades were tipped for relegation before a ball had been kicked this season but, while that may still happen, manager Chris Wilder will not go down without a fight.

He has built a hard-working side who will run to the last, and it remains to be seen if that is enough to keep them in England’s top division.

The South Yorkshire outfit earned a creditable draw with Bournemouth in their first top-flight game for 12 years and can now pick up their first win of the season at Bramall Lane.

It is true that the Eagles are a decent side on their travels but they need the talismanic Wilfried Zaha to be firing on all cylinders.

He came off the bench last week and Roy Hodgson will have to make the decision whether or not to start him on Sunday.

Palace at their best are capable of taking this one but the home fans could lift their heroes to victory.

Chelsea and Leicester to draw @ 14/5

Chelsea righted the wrongs of their opening 4-0 loss to Manchester United by pushing Liverpool all the way in the Super Cup.

That ultimately ended in defeat on penalties but the manner of their display will give Frank Lampard cause for optimism.

The club legend still has plenty of talented players in his ranks and they are 20/27 favourites to win this one.

However, I fancy the draw as Foxes chief Brendan Rodgers will make his side tough to beat at Stamford Bridge and try to hit the opposition on the break.

He does now have firepower in his ranks after a decent transfer window but they were short on creativity in drawing with Wolves last time out.

There is every reason to suggest it will be a similar story in west London but they are tipped to hold out and the points to be shared.

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Warren Ashurst Warren has been a sports journalist for over 25 years, both written and broadcast. Having worked as a radio commentator, he has a wealth of experience of seeing top-level sport first hand and specialises in football, golf and cricket.

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