Is Crystal Palace vs Sheffield United on TV today? Time, channel and how to watch Premier League fixture

Karl Matchett
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Sheffield United have recorded ‘a number of positive coronavirus tests’ ahead of their game with Burnley (Reuters)
Sheffield United have recorded ‘a number of positive coronavirus tests’ ahead of their game with Burnley (Reuters)

Sheffield United will hope to put an horrendous 2020 behind them with their opening fixture of the new year as they travel to Crystal Palace in the Premier League. Chris Wilder’s outfit picked up just two points from their first 16 games of the season and sit rock bottom, having managed an average of just one goal every other game so far.

Despite spending big money on a handful of transfers last January and in the close season, the Blades are well off the pace and sit 11 points from safety, with their latest disappointment being a narrow defeat to Burnley. A rapid return to form is imperative if United are to have hopes of remaining in the top flight, which looks increasingly unlikely with each passing week at present.

Crystal Palace haven’t had too much to cheer about either of late, though of course their predicament is nowhere near as bad as Sheffield United’s.

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A creditable 1-1 draw with Leicester was a welcome return to positivity last time out, though Roy Hodgson’s side do remain without a league win in their last five and have dropped to 1th in the table. The manager credited his assistant’s words at the break for Palace taking a point in that game and they’ll be needing more of the same fire going forward.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game.

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When is the game?

The match kicks off at 3pm on Saturday, 2 January at Selhurst Park.

Where can I watch it?

This match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event and Ultra HD. Subscribers can stream the match on the Sky Go app.

If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.

What is the team news?

Palace are without several defensive options, including Mamadou Sakho, Martin Kelly and Gary Cahill. Nathan Ferguson is also out, as is backup goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.

United are without the suspended John Lundstram and injured pair Oli McBurnie and Sander Berge, while Jack O’Connell is a long-term absentee.

Predicted line-ups

CPA: Guaita; Ward, Kouyate, Tomkins, Van Aanholt; Townsend, Milivojevic, McArthur, Eze; Benteke, Zaha

SHU: Ramsdale; Basham, Egan, Bryan; Baldock, Osborn, Ampadu, Fleck, Stevens; Mousset, Burke

Odds

Palace - 13/12

Draw - 28/11

Sheffield United - 31/10

Prediction

It’s hard to see the new year starting much better for the Blades, but perhaps Palace’s weak backline will at least see the shares spoiled. Palace 1-1 Sheffield United

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