The Blades have taken four points from their first three matches, while Sunderland are off to an unbeaten start on their return to the Championship with two draws and a win thus far.
Both teams conceded late goals at the weekend, forcing them to settle for draws. This is the first league meeting between the sides since 2017 when Sheffield United won 3-0 at Bramall Lane.
Total Goals: Under 2.5
These sides both rank in the bottom half in expected goals so far in 2022-23. Of course, this is a tiny sample size, but Sheffield United only scored 63 in the league last season despite finishing in the playoff spots.
The Blades conceded the fewest home goals in the Championship last term. Across both home and away fixtures in 2021-22, Sheffield United saw under 2.5 goals in 56 per cent of matches.
Sunderland will be content with being disciplined and extending their unbeaten run. Even at short odds, the under is a good bet here.
Total Cards: Over 4.5
Preston are the only team to have been shown more cards than Sheffield United and Sunderland. They have received nine cautions apiece thus far, and they both rank in the top eight in fouls committed through three matches.
This is not a case of strict officiating either. Both sides throw themselves into duels, with Sheffield United sitting second in tackles, and Sunderland in seventh.
With the midfield crowded, a physical game is expected. It wouldn’t be a surprise if this over cashed before half-time.
To Be Shown A Card: Corry Evans
Corry Evans has been booked in all three of Sunderland’s matches to date. Evans had nine yellows in 39 League One matches last term.
Playing at the heart of Sunderland’s midfield, Evans’ game is not going to change. He isn’t hesitant to make a tackle (2.3 per game so far in 2022-23) and will have a lot of work to do if Sheffield United dominate possession.
All odds are subject to change