Sheffield United vs Bristol City predictions and betting tips for the early League One kick-off on Saturday 9th August.
Sheffield Utd finished 7th last year and just missed out on a playoff place. It was a disappointing end to a season that seen them play at Wembley in an FA cup semi-final, this season Nigel Clough will want his team to challenge for the title.
Sheffield Utd have been busy in the transfer market and added to their squad. Up front the additions of Michael Higdon and Marc McNulty brings both youth and experience and will add a goal scoring threat, and Jamal Campbell-Ryce who is a very experienced winger at this level will provide good service to the frontmen.
Midfielder Ben Davies has signed a full time contract for the blades after appearing for the side on loan last term. Chris Basham and James Wallace will further bolster their midfield. Harrison McGahey adds strength to the backline.
Looking at the form for our Sheffield United v Bristol City football predictions The Blades had an indifferent pre-season but they did pick up a good home win against Fenerbahce. But their inconsistent form over pre-season shouldn't worry the supporters too much.
Clough has built a strong side over the summer and we predict his team will defiantly be challenging for the title this season.
Bristol City have been quiet in the transfer market over the summer after a mid-table finish last season and manager Steve Cotterill has not added to his team. Jay Emmanuel Thomas and Marlon Harewood will add a goal threat but keeping Baldock may be key to Bristol City having a good season. Bristol City had a good pre-season and the side will be looking to carry their good form into the League One campaign.
In my opinion Bristol City's season and prediction for this match all depends on where striker Sam Baldock is playing. If the player does decide to leave before the close of the transfer window, the club will struggle to score goals and it could be a long season. For now he is in the Bristol City team so for our first match prediction this weekend go with Baldock to score anytime at 15/8 with Bet365.
The home side will be looking to get off to a winning start to this campaign and we think they will do so. Nigel Clough's side will be looking to take the game to their opposition, and play attacking football. Their midfield will look to dominate the game.
Bristol City will hope to provide striker Sam Baldock with some good service. But may have to rely on their pace through a counter attack. This should be a good season opener and I expect a few goals in this game. For me Sheffield Utd are the stronger side and will be too strong for Bristol City. The Blades should get 3 points from this one and kick off a promising season. For my Sheffield United v Bristol City correct score prediction I'm going for a 3-1 Home win at the best odds of 18/1 with Ladbrokes.
Sam Baldock to score anytime – best odds 15/8 with Bet365: bet here.
Sheffield United to win 3-1 – best odds are 18/1 with Ladbrokes: bet here.
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