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Sheff Utd vs Everton Preview: Richarlison, James out

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Team news and stats ahead of Sheff Utd v Everton in the Premier League on Saturday; Kick-off at 8 p.m.

Team news

Sheffield United Midfielder Sander Berge was eliminated from the Boxing Day duel with Everton because he has been on the sidelines for up to four months.

The Norway international underwent surgery to repair a tendon damaged in their 3-2 loss to Manchester United in the Premier League on December 17. He is expected to be absent between three and four months.

Striker Oli McBurnie has an outside chance to return from a shoulder injury and front mate Lys Mousset could be involved after an ankle problem, but at best as a replacement while midfielder John Lundstram begins a three-game suspension.

Everton will be without Richarlison and James Rodriguez.

The Brazil international is likely to be out on concussion logs after suffering a severe blow to the head in the Carabao Cup loss to Manchester United.

Rodriguez will miss a fifth game in a row with a calf problem but goalkeeper Jordan Pickford will return after a midweek break.

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Jones knows prediction

Tare Sheffield United with the Derby County Brush is very, very tough on the Blades.

This derby team was the first team in Premier League history to be relegated in March in 2008. The season ended with a record low of just 11 points. If United continues on their points-per-game path, they could – if that's the right word – overtake Derby as the worst team in the Premier League.

It makes me sad to think that.

Chris Wilder's boys aren't even the worst team in this year's Premier League.

Despite their sad points, I firmly believe that the Blades will remain a fantastic team full of brilliant footballers. If Wilder's team competed against this derby team, I'd be all over the blades with maximum stakes in order to stay ahead.

We came very close to predicting the elusive first Blades win last weekend in Brighton, where they were tactically excellent when they were 10 men and defensively majestic. Supported by this result, I see no reason why the hosts cannot build on this performance and achieve this elusive victory.

One of these outstanding footballers is David McGoldrick. His resurgence in form coincided with the blades' successive performances on a par with last season. In the loss to Manchester United he scored two goals and was chief artist against Brighton. After a free kick, he scored the goal for Jayden Bogle.

He is Sheffield United's main target threat as it stands but has a price of 100/30 to score against Everton anytime. That looks really big to me. And I'll combine that with the blades to avoid defeat.

JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 1-0 (9/1 with Sky Bet)

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  • After winning both Premier League matches with Everton in the 1992/93 inaugural campaign, Sheffield United won just one of their last six games against the Toffees (D2 L3) and won 2-0 at Goodison Park last season.
  • After the 1-0 win at Bramall Lane last season, Everton want to win two away games against Sheffield United for the first time since January 1897.
  • The team at the bottom of the table have not won any of their last six Boxing Day Premier League (D3 L3) games. Sunderland were the last team of their kind to beat Everton 1-0 in 2013.
  • Sheffield United are undefeated in their last four Boxing Day league games (W3 D1) since losing 2-1 at Port Vale in 2014. In the major league, however, the Blades are in the last five games on December 26th since a 1-1 win. 0 win at Luton in 1990, a match with Chris Wilder for the Blades.
  • Everton are undefeated in their last five games on Premier League Boxing Day (W4 D1) since losing 1-0 to Stoke in 2014. The Toffees are unbeaten in their last seven games (W4 D3) since losing 4-0 at Aston Villa in 2005.
  • Sheffield United remains victorious in its 14 Premier League games this season (D2 L12) and is only the third team in English history by Christmas after Burnley in 1889-90 and Bolton in 1902-03 do without victory.

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