Sheffield United vs Birmingham City: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview
Sheffield United and Birmingham City launch their Championship campaigns at Bramall Lane on Saturday (8pm BST).
Sheffield United vs Birmingham City: Betting Tips
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Sheffield United launch their quest for an immediate return to the Premier League, having been relegated last season with six games to spare.
The Blades have pressed the reset button and in new manager Slavisa Jokanovic, boast somebody who already has two Championship promotions on his CV – achieving the feat with Watford in 2015 and Fulham three years later.
With proven Championship strikers at their disposal in Rhian Brewster, Oli McBurnie and David McGoldrick, there is no reason why United cannot launch a genuine promotion challenge this term.
As for Birmingham, they are beginning their 11th consecutive season in the Championship.
Launching his first full campaign in charge, Lee Bowyer is aiming to improve on last year’s 18th-place finish, but has overseen just one victory in their four pre-season friendlies.
Sheffield United vs Birmingham City: Match Stats
A big-money signing from Liverpool, Brewster struggled to adapt in the Premier League; failing to find the net in 27 appearances.
Although, the former Red took to the Championship like a duck to water during the second half of the 2019-20 season – his first spell in senior football – netting 11 times in 22 games for Swansea City.
The 21-year-old certainly has a point to prove and will be desperate to hit the ground running this year.
Meanwhile, fellow striker McGoldrick scored in each of the Blades’ last three home matches in which they found the net; a record that Republic of Ireland international shall look to build on here.
Just one team found the net in each of United’s final eight matches at the end of last season, while Birmingham recorded just one clean sheet in their last five games.
Sheffield United vs Birmingham City: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Sheffield United 2-0 Birmingham City
Sheffield United vs Birmingham City: Odds
Sheffield United vs Birmingham City: Head to Head
April 10, 2019 – Birmingham City 1-1 Sheffield United – Championship
September 19, 2018 – Sheffield United 0-0 Birmingham City – Championship
April 21, 2018 – Birmingham City 2-1 Sheffield United – Championship
November 25, 2017 – Sheffield United 1-1 Birmingham City – Championship
January 28, 2012 – Sheffield United 0-4 Birmingham City – FA Cup
Meetings between these sides are generally tight affairs. In fact, Birmingham’s 4-0 win in January 2012 was the only time in the last seven fixtures that more than one goal separated them.