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Sheffield United became the first team in Premier League history to win none of its first 17 games of a season, losing 2-0 at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The Blades had equaled Queens Park Rangers’ 16-game winless start from 2012-13 in their 1-0 loss at Burnley last time out.
However, Chris Wilder’s side now owns that unwanted record after another setback at the hands of Palace.
United, who have just two points this season, are the first top flight team to endure such a desperate streak since the start of a campaign since Bolton Wanderers turned 22 winless in 1902-03.
Jeffrey Schlupp fired in a game opener at Selhurst Park, before substitute Eberechi Eze doubled Palace’s lead with a fine solo shot in the sixth minute of first-half stoppage time.
2 – Eberechi Eze’s two Premier League goals for Crystal Palace came from outside the box, and only James Ward-Prowse (3) scored more from range this season. Class. #CRYSHU
– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 2, 2021
Schlupp’s goal meant the Blades also remain without a clean sheet in the league in 2020-21, this stretch now spanning 20 games through last season, the same length as the full length of their winless streak.
Palace had conceded in their previous 15 Premier League games, the next longest streak in the division, but kept United comfortably at bay to end that streak and compound the visitors’ woes.