Sheffield United vs Barnsley
2017/18 EFL Championship
Date: Saturday, 19th August 2017
Kick off at 12:15 UK/13:15 CET
Venue: Bramall Lane.
The earliest game on Saturday features recently promoted Sheffield United taking on Barnsley. Both teams are sitting in the bottom half of the table and it will be interesting to see which one will climb upwards.
United lost their visit to Cardiff City Stadium midweek. It is usually a tough place to visit and Cardiff managed to strike their blows with perfect timing. They took the lead just before halftime when Morrison headed the ball home and extended their lead to 2-0 just 10 minutes into the second half through winger Laing.
Barnsley took their first points this season. The team went on to overcome Nottingham Forest at home with 2-1. The Tykes struck their opponent hard in the beginning of both halves. Pearson was the man to open the score while Ryan Hedges gave the team back the lead in the second half.
Form and Tactical Analysis
The Blades come into this game after 2 back to back defeats. Both defeats came against strong opponents on the road though while the team managed to win its single home game so far this season. All 3 games finished with one of the teams failing to score and having under 2.5 goals.
United plays with 3 at the back forming a classing 3-5-2 formation. Samir Carruthers played slightly ahead of his midfield teammates the last two games trying to supply Billy Sharp and Clarke with chances.
Barsnley didn’t fail to entertain this season. The team was involved in high scoring affairs with all 4 games including the one from the League Cup finishing with both teams scoring and over 2.5 goals. 17 goals in 4 games are something which most fans would like to see.
The usual 4-1-4-1 formation Heckingbottom uses doesn’t look too offensive from the first glance. Still overlapping full backs and offensive minded midfield 4 are really helping lone striker Bradshow. Mainly Joe Williams prefers to stay deep and help protect the defensive- line.
Sheffield United vs Barnsley: Head to head
The draws are the most common result between the sides recently. From the last 8 games 5 are draws with 1 win for United and 2 for Barnsley.
- Only 2 of those games went above the 2.5 goal line.
- At home Sheffield have 1 victory, 3 draws and a defeat against Barnsley.
Sheffield United vs Barnsley: Prediction
Despite losing 2 of their 3 games so far The Blades played decently well in all of them. The defeats came against top opponents away while Barnsley looked very unstable at the back.
With the home advantage United are definite favourites for this one.
The main man up front for Sheffield is Billy Sharp. He is the team’s main scorer and backing him to net again looks like worth the risk.