Our prediction for this Championship match:
All eyes will be on Riverside Stadium when Middlesbrough and Sheffield United square off against each other in the Championship derby. The Boro are eyeing their first win of the season, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the Blades. Defender Darragh Lenihan is back from suspension, while there are no fresh injury worries in the home team. One of the men to watch in the home side will be summer signing Marcus Forss, who opened his goal-scoring account in the 3-2 loss to QPR.
The Blades, on the other hand, produced a fine display in a 2-0 win over Millwall. Sheffield United seem to be more of a team than Middlesbrough, and even though Chris Wilder’s men are tough to beat at home, we are tempted to put our money on the visitors. All McBurnie, Basham, Robinson, Doyle, Davies, Bogle, and O’Connell are injured for the visiting side.
Highlighted Player (Sammy Ameobi):
Sammy Ameobi is the younger brother of a famoust Newcastle United player Shola. Sammy is a product of Newcastle United football academy as well and he scored two goals in 56 appearances for the first team. The pacey attacker played for the likes of Middlesbrough, Cardiff City and Bolton Wanderers on loan in the past before signing a permanent deal with the Trotters on July 14, 2017.
Sammy Ameobi was born in Newcastle upon Tyne on May 1, 1992, but he has two caps for Nigeria U20 team. The left-footed footballer played for the England U21 team as well, but he has yet to make his senior debut for the Three Lions. Ameobi’s main position is centre-forward, but he is capable of playing as a winger as well.
Sammy Ameobi made his Bolton debut on September 3, 2016 against Southend and it has to be noted that he scored two goals in 20 appearances for the club in the 2016/2017 League One campaign. At the end of the season Bolton were promoted to the Championship.
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 Wigan 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 neighbors 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.