Saturday, March 2, 2024

Prediction: Manchester City vs Sheffield United

Verdict: Manchester City win to nil

Best Odds: 4/6

Bookmaker: Dachbet

Two sides who find themselves battling it out at opposite ends of the Premier League table, Manchester City will welcome Sheffield United to the Etihad on Saturday afternoon.

Manchester City

Starting with the hosts, marking their Premier League return in midweek with a crucial domestic boost, Manchester City will be desperate to find some stability in the New Year. Eventually mounting an eye-catching comeback away at Everton as they secured a 3-1 victory, Pep Guardiola’s men know that they face a stern challenge in their bid to make more Premier League history this season. However, although the Sky Blues might have been forced to settle for respective stalemates against Crystal Palace and Tottenham in their last two showdowns at the Etihad, Man City have continued to gain a reputation for their extended success in front of their own supporters. In fact, Guardiola’s defending champions have not suffered a single Premier League defeat in the blue half of Manchester throughout the whole of 2023. Crowned FIFA Club World Cup champions last week, the former Barcelona boss will rightfully be smelling a golden opportunity here.

Team News

Once again missing out at Goodison Park earlier in the week and still dealing with a recent foot injury, Manchester City are once again expected to be without attacking record-breaker Erling Haaland. Likewise, limping off against his former club on Wednesday night, John Stones is a real doubt here.

Converting from the spot and notching a fifth Premier League strike of the season, Argentina international John Stones will lead Guardiola’s charge at the Etihad. Ex-Chelsea ace Mateo Kovacic could be handed a full recall here and partner Rodri at the heart of City’s midfield.

Sheffield United

As for the visitors, suffering an infamous collapse at home against fellow relegation scrappers Luton on Boxing Day, Sheffield United are in the midst of a major Premier League nightmare. Eventually slumping to a 3-2 loss at Bramall Lane, returning boss Chris Wilder knows that he has a major job on his hands. Sat rock-bottom of the table and rightfully tipped as a landslide contender to be hit with an immediate championship return in the New Year, the Blades have collected just nine points from their first 19 Premier League appearances this season. With just a pair of top-flight victories to their name, Sheffield United couldn’t have asked for a tougher test here. Potentially showing some signs of a hangover following their woeful Boxing Day collapse, Wilder will also have a huge headache over his side’s extended defensive issues. In fact, Saturday’s guests have shipped 47 strikes so far this season and had the worst defensive tally among England’s elite.

Team News

Both picking up a pair of costly bookings against Luton on Boxing Day, Sheffield United will be without the suspended duo of Anel Ahmedhodzic and Gustavo Hamer. Still dealing with respective injury issues, Wilder still remains unable to call upon the likes of Chris Basham, Daniel Jebbison, Tom Davies and John Egan.

Although former Liverpool starlet Rhian Brewster might have returned from his own injury blow against Luton earlier in the week, the 23-year-old will likely have to settle for another spot on the bench here.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When Manchester City and Sheffield United met for their reverse Premier League meeting on August 27th, Guardiola’s men collected a 2-1 victory at Bramall Lane.
    • The Sky Blues have not suffered a single Premier League defeat at the Etihad throughout 2023.
    • Saturday’s guests have won just a pair of their first 19 Premier League appearances this season.
    • Sheffield United have lost each of their last three trips to the Etihad by an aggregate score of 6-0.
    • Manchester City’s first 11 home fixtures across all competitions this season have produced 47 goals at both ends of the pitch.

    Conclusion

    When Manchester City and Sheffield United met for their reverse Premier League showdown on August 27th, Guardiola’s men claimed a 2-1 win at Bramall Lane. Marking their Premier League return on Wednesday night with a turnaround 3-1 victory at Everton, Guadiola’s men will certainly be smelling a golden opportunity here. Not suffering a single top-flight defeat in front of their own supporters throughout 2023 and rightfully tipped as a landslide contender this weekend, it is hard to see anything other than a routine home win in the blue half of Manchester.

    Verdict: Manchester City win to nil

    Best Odds: 4/6

    Bookmaker: Dachbet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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