EFL

Sheffield United vs Bristol City

This week’s Friday Night Football from Sky Bet Championship sees two surprise packages go head to head at Bramall Lane.

Newly promoted Sheffield United hosts last season’s 17th place finishers, Bristol City as both look to strengthen their promotion challenge.

 

Team News

Blades defender, George Baldock could feature after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Billy Sharp could also return to starting line up.

Bristol City could have winger, Jamie Paterson (hamstring) back but still could be missing several players.

Callum O’Dowda (ankle) and Eros Pisano (hamstring) are both sidelined.

Famara Diedhiou, Jens Hegeler and Gary O’Neil are all ruled out with knee injuries.

 

Unpredictable halves

This match could very well prove to be unpredictable because both teams tend to score just more goals after half time than before.

Unlike the Robins, Sheffield United have tended to concede more in first half. Bristol City have an 50/50 per half average when comes to conceded away goals.

Blades’ conceding per half average

 

Open game

We could have a really feisty game on hands if look at each side’s home/ away average respectively.

The Blades are strong at home, dominating past visitors in the key areas (shots, shots on target and goals).

Sheffield United home average

 

Bristol City might fare worse but if compare actual numbers, they are more dominant in the key areas.

Bristol City away average

 

Therefore we could be in store for a proper battle, particularly as the Blades just edge Bristol City out on the goal averages.

 

Prediction

We have all the ingredients for a feisty battle here and I feel that it will be a proper end to end thriller.

Come full time, I expect to see a high scoring draw if those stats manifest themselves into the match.

Prediction: Sheffield United 2-2 Bristol City

Result: Sheffield United 1-2 Bristol City

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