Kick-off: 1930, 10/02/2021
Stadium: Bramall Lane
Sheffield United have used the FA Cup to try and build much-needed confidence this season and are expected to do the same when they host Bristol City.
The Blades remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League but have again been handed a kind cup draw, having squeezed past League One opposition in rounds three and four.
City have suffered three straight defeats in the Championship and only three teams in the second tier have a worse first-half record so the hosts to be leading at both half-time and full-time at 17/10 looks a solid choice as our opening Sheff Utd vs Bristol City prediction.
A Look At Sheffield United’s Betting Odds
Sheffield United’s first win of the season finally came in the third round of the FA Cup last month when Chris Wilder put out a strong team at Bristol Rovers and was rewarded with a 3-2 victory.
That was followed three days later by a first Premier League win of the campaign against Newcastle and it was a similar story in the fourth round.
United edged out Plymouth 2-1 before a stunning victory at Manchester United four days later so treating the cup seriously has clearly not had a negative effect on their league fortunes – in fact the opposite is true.
The Blades have now won five out of their last eight games with their defeats understandably coming against Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea.
They are heading in the right direction, even if it is likely to be too late to keep them in the top flight, although all five wins have been by a single goal.
Four of their last five games have featured exactly three goals, as have Bristol City’s two FA Cup ties so far, so the same outcome is a tempting pick at 31/10 in the Sheff Utd vs Bristol City odds.
A Look At Bristol City’s Betting Odds
Bristol City’s promotion hopes have faded after losing four of their last five league games to slip to 10th in the Championship.
They are six points below the play-off places and are heading into a crucial run of fixtures, with five of their next six games in the Championship being against teams above them in the table.
City failed to create a worthwhile scoring chance in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at home to Cardiff and head coach Dean Holden, who gave debuts to midfielders Henri Lansbury and Joe Williams, was understandably frustrated.
He said: “I am not going to try to sugar-coat that performance. It wasn’t good enough and way off the level we have set.
“I can understand how our supporters will be feeling after a display like that in a derby game and I can assure them there has been some honest talking in the dressing room after the game.
“It would be easy for me to come out and criticise individuals, but we win together and we lose together.
“My job is to ensure we regroup quickly and galvanise the players to get us out of the tricky spell we are in.”
Hopefully for Holden’s sake he will get a response in the FA Cup but the extra quality the Blades possess should see them through and another 2-1 win at 8/1 completes our Sheff Utd vs Bristol City betting tips.
SHEFF UTD 1-2 Chelsea – Antonio Rudiger (og)
BRISTOL CITY 0-2 Cardiff
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