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Sheffield United vs Bristol City: Predictions
Sheffield United’s current spell in the Premier League appears to be winding down, as they currently sit bottom of the table and 12 points from safety with 15 games left to play. It isn’t an impossible amount to recover, especially with their recent form, but time is against them.
Prior to their FA Cup third round tie against Bristol Rovers at the start of January, Sheffield United had gone 18 games without a win across all competitions, but a 3-2 victory started a turnaround. Including FA Cup wins over Bristol Rovers and Plymouth, Sheffield United have won four of their past eight games and are looking to reach the quarter-final for the second consecutive season.
Having already faced Bristol Rovers, Sheffield United’s next opponents are their rivals, Championship side Bristol City. The Robins are currently in the top half of the Championship and still considered for the play-off race, only six points behind sixth-placed Bournemouth (though they were league leaders in October).
However, Bristol City go into this game in poor form, losing their past three games including one against relegation-battling Derby County. This will be their first meeting with Premier League opposition in the FA Cup this season, beating Portsmouth and Millwall in the previous rounds, though the Robins were knocked out of the League Cup by Aston villa in September.
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Sheffield United vs Bristol City: Match Stats
Sheffield United will take heart from their recent record against lower league sides in the FA Cup, winning 16 of their past 17 matches, only losing to non-league Barnet in January 2019. However, they have only kept one clean sheet in all competitions this season.
One man who could get the deciding goals for Sheffield United is Billy Sharp, who recently played a part in both goals against Plymouth to set up this fifth-round tie.
Sheffield United vs Bristol City: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Sheffield United 2-1 Bristol City
30 March 2019 – Sheffield United 2-3 Bristol City – Championship
15 September 2018 – Bristol City 1-0 Sheffield United – Championship
6 May 2018 – Bristol City 2-3 Sheffield United – Championship
8 December 2017 – Sheffield United 1-2 Bristol City – Championship
14 February 2015 – Bristol City 1-3 Sheffield United – League One
Sheffield United enjoy an overall positive record against Bristol City, but the Robins have had the better time in recent meetings. They did the double over the Blades in the 2018/19 Championship season and also won one of the two meetings the season prior, though they haven’t met again since Sheffield United’s promotion.