Our prediction for this Championship match:
Friday’s football game at Bramall Lane pits together Sheffield United and Reading, the two teams with entirely different ambitions in the season finale. The Blades are eyeing a spot in the playoffs, while the Royals’ main goal is to avoid relegation. Sheffield United played out a goalless draw with Bournemouth at the weekend, with the team remaining in top six. Since all Millwall, Middlesbrough, and Blackburn are breathing down their neck, we are positive that the Blades will leave their hearts on the field on Matchday 42.
All Goode, Sharp, Basham, Bogle, McGoldrick, Brewster, and O’Connell remain in the recovery room. The visitors, on the other hand, are safe for now as they are eight points clear of bottom three, meaning that a loss at Bramall Lane would not hurt them too much. Since Sheffield United have turned their stadium into a real fortress, we predict that the visitors will return home empty-handed. All Halilovic, Meite, Rinomhota, Hein, Tetek, and Araruna are injured for the away team.
Highlighted Player (Ben Osborn):
Ben Osborn is an English footballer who plays for Nottingham Forest as a midfielder. Osborn was born in Derby (England) on August 5, 1994 and he started his youth career at his hometown club Derby County. In 2003 he moved to Nottingham Forest and after spending ten years at their football academy Osborn made his first-team debut for the Reds.
He made his debut on March 29, 2014 in a 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town and he has been playing for the City Ground Stadium outfit ever since. Ben Osborn has one cap for England U20 team and he played for England U19 and England U18 teams in the past as well.
It has to be noted that the Nottingham Forest midfielder scored four goals, while providing seven assists for his teammates in the 2016/2017 Championship season. His main position is left midfield, but he is capable of playing as both central and attacking midfielder as well. Ben Osborn’s preferred foot is left.
Highlighted Team (Reading):
Reading FC is a professional football club that play in the Championship. The club was formed in 1871 and Madejski Stadium has been the home of Reading since 1998. The Royals used to play their home games at Elm Park in the past (1896 - 1998). Reading made it to the FA Cup semi-finals on two occasions (1927, 2015), but they have yet to win the prestigious trophy.
The likes of Robin Friday, Trevor Senior, Steve Death, Shaka Hislop, Phil Parkinson, Alf Messer, Jimmy Quinn, Michael Gilkes, Ronnie Blackman, Pavel Pogrebnyak and Martin Hicks are some of their more notable footballers. Aldershot Town were considered Reading’s fiercest rivals, but the Shots went out of business in 1992.
Seeing that Aldershot rejoined the league in 2008 it remains to be seen if the rivalry is going to be re-established in near future. Swindon Town and Oxford United are considered Reading’s big rivals as well.