Sheffield United still have promotion in their sights when they take on Swansea City at Bramall Lane in the opening match of the Championship 2018-19 campaign. Sheffield United finished in the mid-table places last season but the club does not need to make a huge shift in order to reach the play-offs. Swansea City are back in the Championship after a seven-year absence and the early preseason form has not given a lot of hope for the team. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Sheffield United are unbeaten in pre-season friendly matches and Chris Wilder has been able to retain majority of the players from last season. John Egan is the biggest transfer acquisition for United while Ben Woodburn has moved to the club on a loan deal.
Graham Potter has had an extremely difficult time since taking over as the Swansea manager. The Welsh outfit have lost all three friendly matches.
The last game between Swansea and Sheffield United was back in 2011 when both clubs were in the Championship. This match at the Liberty Stadium concluded as a 4-0 victory for Swansea. Sheffield United’s last meeting with Swansea at Bramall Lane saw them pick up a narrow 1-0 win. Our betting tips and predictions expect a win for Sheffield United.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Sheffield United win at 2.20[/bet_tip_now]
Swansea City are at a price of 3.20 for a victory. However, the Welsh team have been going through a very poor pre-season and things are certainly not right for Potter. Even though Swansea need a good start in order to be in contention for promotion at the end of the campaign, there is a strong likelihood of the team is struggling in this game. United may have been relatively quiet in the transfer market, but the stability of the squad coupled with home advantage are reasons for our preview to go with a win for Sheffield United.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Sheffield United win at 2.20[/bet_tip_now]
Sheffield United vs Swansea City draw odds: 3.40
Swansea City win odds: 3.20
Correct Score odds
The Swansea team may have been dealt with departures of several key players over the summer, but the Welsh team have backed their manager with a decent set of signings. After witnessing a horrendous set of performances in the away friendly matches, things are not expected to improve in this match. United remain shy of goals and the lack of strengthening in this department is likely to keep goals on the lower side. Our correct score prediction would go with the United 2-0 win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Sheffield United 2-0 win at 10.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
The goals in the game are only likely to come from the home team. Even if Swansea are able to score, it may not be by a huge distance. Even if United are expected to be the biggest contributors, our total goals prediction would back over 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals over 2.5 at 2.15[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
The goals from Billy Sharp were a key factor behind keeping United in the midst of a mid-table finish. Leon Clarke is another key player who will be having a great deal of attention after scoring 19 goals in 39 appearances last season. Our first goalscorer prediction would back Leon Clarke.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Leon Clarke at 6.00[/bet_tip_now]
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