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Sheffield Utd vs Swansea - Match Preview

04 Aug 2018 Ed Mackey ENGLAND: Championship
ENGLAND: Championship

Sheffield United

  • W
  • W
  • D
  • D
  • W

vs

Kick-off
16:30 GMT
04 August 2018

Swansea City

  • W
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • L

Kick-off
16:30 GMT 04 August 2018

The English football season is finally back this weekend and after Derby beat Reading 2-1 on Friday night, Saturday is shaping up to be a great day. One of the biggest fixtures in the Championship sees Sheffield United welcome relegated Swansea City to Brammal Lane.

STATS

  • Sheffield United enjoyed a strong return to life in the second tier last season as their play-off push ended with them finishing 10th, a very respectable final position. They also had a decent pre-season: winning four of their six friendlies and drawing the other two. The biggest of those matches came against a star-studded Inter Milan side where they drew 1-1.
  • Swansea were one of the three sides that dropped out of the Premier League at the end of last term despite a promising late surge towards safety. The Welsh side only played three pre-season fixtures and they’ll wish they hadn’t bothered after losing all three. Eight days before their season opener, they were comfortably beaten 3-0 by Freiburg.
  • Both Leon Clarke (19) and Billy Sharp (13) had brilliant campaigns in front of goal for the Blades, easily reaching double figures for league goals.
  • Swansea’s top scorer from last season, Jordan Ayew, is nearing a move away from the club and their second top scorer, Tammy Abraham, has returned to Chelsea after his loan expired.

HEAD TO HEAD

It has been seven years since the two sides shared the same division so the most recent back in 2011 won’t be fresh in the memory of many fans. That one ended 4-0 to Swansea confirming Sheffield United’s relegation to League 1 and Swansea’s place in the play-offs which they went on to win. The Swans’ last win at Brammal Lane came in the FA Cup in 2007, they are still waiting for a league win in Sheffield.

SHEFFIELD UTD NEWS

The hosts have been dealt a tough start against a side still equipped for the top-flight. However, with just Jake Wright injured, they have a great chance of winning, Paul Coutts has also returned to training after recovering from the broken leg he suffered last November.

Latest matches: Sheffield United

27.07.2018 Club Doncaster Rovers Sheffield United 0:2 W
24.07.2018 Club Sheffield United Inter Milan 1:1 D
21.07.2018 Club Mansfield Town Sheffield United 0:0 D
17.07.2018 Club Bradford City Sheffield United 2:3 W
12.07.2018 Club CS Maritimo Madeira Sheffield United 0:1 W

SWANSEA NEWS

It is vital that Swansea have a good opening few games if they are to mount a serious promotion challenge this season. Leroy Fer is definitely unavailable while Wilfried Bony and Mike van Der Hoorn are both doubts. Sam Clucas isn’t expected to feature as he is the subject of serious transfer interest from Burnley.

Latest matches: Swansea City

27.07.2018 Club SC Freiburg Swansea City 3:0 L
24.07.2018 Club SD Eibar Swansea City 2:1 L
21.07.2018 Club FC Magdeburg Swansea City 4:2 L
21.07.2018 Club Genoa FC Swansea City 5:4 L
10.07.2018 Club Yeovil Town Swansea City 1:2 W

SUMMARY

The Championship season is one that is highly anticipated all summer long and now it’s back, it looks as though it’ll be a cracking one. Sheffield United are actually slight favourites to beat Swansea on Saturday but the quality of the visitors must be considered as they still have plenty of Premier League-quality players in the squad. A draw looks a very likely outcome in this one and both teams should score.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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