Kick-off: 2000, 07/08/2021
Stadium: Bramall Lane
TV: Sky Sports
Sheffield United will be delighted to have their passionate fans back inside Bramall Lane for Saturday’s Championship opener with Birmingham.
The Blades badly missed those supporters when relegated from the Premier League last term but look well placed to bounce straight back.
We’re happy to take 4/5 for a home win as our first Sheff Utd vs Birmingham prediction.
A Look At Sheffield United’s Betting Odds
Sheffield United finished ninth in the top flight two seasons ago but couldn’t recover from a disastrous start last season.
Chris Wilder fell on his sword back in March when relegation was already assured, but the Blades did at least salvage some pride late on.
Winning three of their final six games (against Brighton, Everton and Burnley) should have helped to restore some confidence.
Slavisa Jokanovic is now the club’s first overseas manager and he has won promotion to the Premier League twice before, with Watford and Fulham.
The Yorkshire outfit have enough quality and hunger to rise again, so 33/20 for them to claim a clinical win to nil stands out from the Sheff Utd vs Birmingham odds.
A Look At Birmingham City’s Betting Odds
Lee Bowyer guided Birmingham to safety after replacing Aitor Karanka in March, impressively picking up five wins and two draws from his first eight matches.
Closing with a 4-0 home loss to Cardiff and a 5-2 drubbing at Blackburn suggested that another survival battle is on the cards this term, though.
City have been busy in the transfer market, with Manchester United’s young Dutch winger Tahith Chong one of five loan signings.
Defensive midfielder Ryan Woods should do a job after enjoying a decent stint with Millwall last season.
However, it may take a little while for all the new faces to gel together and this could be a good time to take Blues on.
It is worth noting that every one of United’s 10 wins in all competitions last term was achieved by a single-goal margin, though.
Let’s finish off our Sheff Utd vs Birmingham betting tips by taking 12/5 for the Blades to extend that sequence here.
SHEFF UTD 1-0 Burnley – David McGoldrick
Blackburn 5-2 BIRMINGHAM – Kristian Pedersen, Lukas Jutkiewicz
Head-to-head: Birmingham 1-1 Sheff Utd, Sheff Utd 0-0 Birmingham, Birmingham 2-1 Sheff Utd, Sheff Utd 1-1 Birmingham
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