Our prediction for this Championship match:
Sheffield United and Blackpool face each other at Bramall Lane in what is expected to be one of the most interesting games of Saturday’s program. The Blades aim to build on a 3-2 win over Barnsley, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. A man to watch in the home team will be Lys Mousset, who scored a brace at the weekend, while Morgan Gibbs-White returns from suspension.
The Seasiders, on the other hand, aim to build on back-to-back wins over Reading and Preston. Blackpool are high on spirits ahead of the trip to Sheffield, and given their attacking potential, we believe that there is a big value in betting on over 2.5 goals. You should know that in their last meeting at Bramall Lane, back in 2015, Sheffield United defeated Blackpool 2-0.
Highlighted Player (Jack Rodwell):
Once an exciting midfielder talent who left his boyhood club Everton for Manchester City in 2012, Jack Rodwell has been attracting plenty of criticism over the past couple of years due to the lack of playing time and refusal to leave the Etihad, despite being on the margins with Citizens.
Rodwell joined Everton’s academy when he was eight and soared through the ranks to emerge as one of the key players for the Merseyside club during his five-year stay with the Toffees. A talked-about £15 million move to City turned into a largely disappointing two-year stint with the Citizens, before Rodwell moved to Sunderland.
Having largely struggled to replicate his flying form from his time at Everton, Rodwell signed for the Championship club Blackburn Rovers in 2018 for the remainder of the season, in a bid to get his career back on track. Rodwell represented England through all youth ranks up to the senior side, for which he only managed three caps.
Highlighted Team (Blackpool):
Blackpool FC are a professional English club based in Blackpool, Lancashire. Considering that Blackpool is a seaside town, it is no surprise they are nicknamed the Seasiders. Founded back in 1887, the club play their home matches at Bloomfield Road, which can hold up to 17,338 spectators. In the 2009/2010 season Blackpool secured promotion to the Premier League, but they were not competitive at this level, suffering relegation to the Championship the following season.
The club’s biggest success, though, came in 1953 when they defeated Bolton Wanderers 4-3 in the FA Cup final. Blackpool are well known for their orange shirts, but the dominant colour of their away kit is white. Preston are considered the club’s biggest rivals, with the two teams facing each other in the West Lancashire derby.
Charlie Adam, who played for Liverpool and has 26 caps for Scotland national team, is regarded as one of the club’s most notable players.