Kick-off: 2000, 14/08/2021
Stadium: Liberty Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Sheffield United received a wake-up call when upset by Birmingham but can kick-start their Championship campaign by winning at Swansea.
The Welsh outfit looked disjointed during Russell Martin’s first league game in charge and may take time to adjust to adventurous new tactics.
We’re backing the Blades to prevail at Liberty Stadium at 7/5 for our opening Swansea vs Sheff Utd prediction.
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Swansea made the play-offs twice under Steve Cooper but opted to go in another direction this term and Martin got the nod.
The 35-year-old was twice promoted to the Premier League with Norwich as a player and created a good impression as a rookie boss at MK Dons.
However, his appointment only came on the eve of the new season and that showed during a 2-1 loss at Blackburn.
The Swans appeared understandably nervous, giving the ball away as they attempted to play out from defence.
Tuesday’s comfortable 3-0 victory at Reading in the Carabao Cup will have boosted morale, but the Royals did field a very young side.
Martin commented: “There was so much to be pleased with but there is still so much to work on. We’re really early on in what we want to do and what we want to be.”
This fresh style of play should produce some entertaining encounters and 19/20 for both teams to score stands out from the Swansea vs Sheff Utd odds.
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Shefield United failed to capitalise on having 76 per cent of the possession and 16 attempts on goal when beaten 1-0 by Birmingham at Bramall Lane first up.
However, this is still a team which finished ninth in the Premier League two seasons ago and won three of their final six top-flight games last term.
Rhian Brewster scored his maiden goal since joining from Liverpool for £23.5million last summer as the Blades beat Carlisle 1-0 in the Carabao Cup to lift spirits.
Slavisa Jokanovic said: “It’s an important moment for him. He can help us a lot this year. He showed a lot of desire and tried to do everything he could.”
Billy Sharp, £20m capture Oli McBurnie, David McGoldrick and £10m Lys Mousset provide other good options up front, so the goals should flow at this level.
Jokanovic has won promotion to the top flight twice before, with Watford and Fulham, and can restore self-belief into this strong squad.
Let’s go with 9/1 for a 2-1 away win to finish off our Swansea vs Sheff Utd betting tips.
Reading 0-3 SWANSEA – Joel Latibeaudiere, Ben Cabango, Joel Piroe
SHEFF UTD 1-0 Carlisle – Rhian Brewster
Head-to-head: Swansea 1-0 Sheff Utd, Sheff Utd 1-2 Swansea
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