Sheffield United v Swansea City Preview

Two sides that will only have promotion in mind in the Championship this season go head-to-head on Saturday, when Sheffield United host Swansea City at Bramall Lane.

Blades To Build On Last Term

Sheffield United were one of the surprise packages in the Championship last season, with manager Chris Wilder continuing to impress after his move from Northampton Town to the Steel City.

The Blades eventually had to settle for 10th place in the table, but were just six points off making the play-offs.

Wilder has strengthened his squad over the summer with defender John Egan joining from Brentford and striker David McGoldrick making the switch from Ipswich Town.

Of course there was the departure of talented youngster David Brooks, who headed to Bournemouth, but the news of Liverpool starlet Ben Woodburn joining on a season-long loan deal will have been welcomed by the United faithful.

It’s not yet known if Woodburn will start or come off the bench on Saturday, but he is 4.00 to score anytime against the Swans.

Swans Will Fancy Chances Of Swift Return

It’s a new era that is set to get underway at the Liberty Stadium under manager Graham Potter and the former Ostersund boss will be pleased with the talented squad at his disposal.

The South Wales outfit have managed to keep a host of their big names and will be hoping that remains the case for the rest of the transfer window.

It’s a new experience for Potter managing in the Championship and it will be hard for the tactician to hit the ground running but, over the course of the season, he should be able to get a tune out of the Swans.

It’s a big season for Oliver McBurnie at the Liberty, after the Scotland international impressed on loan in the Championship last season with Burnley. Swansea have fended off interest from elsewhere in the 22-year-old and he will be one to watch at 6.50 to open the scoring.

Fortress Bramall Lane

The home of the Blades proved to be a tough place to go last season, with only six clubs coming away from Bramall Lane with all three points.

Wilder will have his side well organised for the arrival of Potters’ men and with Billy Sharp up front, they have a striker who knows this league like the back of his hand and the demands it brings.

Sharp is 6.50 to score the opening goal of the game, while his usual partner Leon Best is 6.00 to break the deadlock.

This game could well have plenty of goals on Saturday evening and both teams to score with no draw is available at 2.95.

With that all-important home advantage, the Blades might just be able to edge what should be an intriguing opening game and the South Yorkshire side are 2.35 to get off to that winning start, as they go in search of a return to the big time.