It’s already been a frantically-paced start to the Championship season, but focus quickly shifts to the EFL Cup’s starting pistol on Thursday, as these two Premier League promotion hopefuls meet at the Hawthorns for a chance to put together a fairytale cup run and potentially produce something special.
Steve Bruce will no doubt be itching to resume the Championship season having drawn his opening two games, with an away trip to Blackburn awaiting him on Sunday, but he is certainly no stranger to causing a cup splash, having reached the FA Cup final with Hull City in the 2013/14 season.
Sheffield United are faring slightly better than the Baggies in the Championship so far, currently sitting just a place outside the play-off spots having bounced back from an opening-day defeat to Watford with a 2-0 win over Millwall. And although a six-time finalist of the FA Cup, the Blades have never before reached the final two of the League Cup.
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West Brom vs Sheffield United match stats
Billy Sharp has scored three goals in his last three games against West Brom, including twice last season as he netted a match-winning brace in a 2-0 win over Bruce’s men at Bramall Lane back in February. The veteran sharp-shooter was also on the scoresheet a year prior as he nabbed a late winning goal in the Blades’ 2-1 win over West Brom in the Premier League.
West Brom vs Sheffield United: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: West Brom 0-1 Sheffield United
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These two clubs met twice in the Championship last season as they battled fiercely to secure promotion. The Baggies got off to a thumping start as they smashed Slavisa Jokanovic’s side 4-0 at home, before Paul Heckingbottom was drafted in during late November and went on to secure a 2-0 home win last February.