Our prediction for this Championship match:
Saturday’s football game at Villa Park pits together Aston Villa and Sheffield United, the two teams with same ambitions in the 2017/2018 Championship campaign. Both sides aim to return to the Premier League and it has to be noted that they are level on points in the Championship standings ahead of Matchday 23. Aston Villa aim to bounce back from a 2-0 loss to Derby County and it remains to be seen if they are going to put an end to their three-match winless run in the English second tier. The Blades, on the other hand, suffered a dip in form and they failed to win previous five league fixtures. The visitors are low on confidence ahead of the trip to Birmingham and we predict the hosts will pick up all three points from the game. In their last meeting at Villa Park (Premier League) Aston Villa recorded a 3-0 win over Sheffield United.
Highlighted Player (Micah Richards):
Micah Richards is an English player who began his senior career at Manchester City. The pacey full back, who is capable of playing at centre back as well, made 179 league appearances for the Citizens between 2005 and 2015 and he scored 6 goals for the club. On 17 June, 2015 he signed a four-year deal with Aston Villa, but he did not help the Villans avoid relegation to the Championship. The England defender scored one goal in 24 Premier League appearances for Aston Villa in the 2015/2016 campaign. Micah won the Premier League trophy with Man City in the 2011/2012 season and he lifted the FA Cup trophy in 2011 with the Citizens as well. Richards has 14 caps for England U21 and he received his first ever England call-up for a friendly against Netherlands in November, 2006. Micah Richards was born in Birmngham on 24 June, 1988 and he started his youth career at Leeds United, playing as a striker.
Highlighted Team (Sheffield United):
Sheffield United are a professional football club that compete in the Championship. The Blades finished the 2016/2017 League One campaign in top position in the standings, with the team collecting exactly 100 points in the process. Sheffield United last competed in the Premier League in the 2006/2007 season and they were more than unfortunate not to secure the top flight survival. The Blades finished the season in 18th place in the process and it has to be noted that they were level on points with Wigaan Athletic, who managed to avoid the relegation to the English second tier. Sheffield United welcome their rivals at Bramal Lane, the stadium which was opened on April 30, 1855. The current capacity of the venue is 32.702. The club have numerous rivalries, but the most notable one is the rivalry with their city neighbours Sheffield Wednesday. The two teams face each other in the Steel City derby and it has to be noted that United share rivalry with the likes of Barnsley, Rotherham United, Doncaster Rovers and Leeds United as well.