Our prediction for this Championship match:
All eyes will be on Stadium of Light when Sunderland and Sheffield United face each other in the Championship derby. The Black Cats aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Norwich City, but this game will be anything but a walk in the park for the home side. There are no fresh injury worries in the home team, but all Dennis Cirkin, Corry Evans, Ross Stewart, and Elliott Embleton remain in the recovery room.
The Blades, meanwhile, have been having their ups and downs of late, with the team beating both Watford and Reading, while losing to Millwall, Blackburn Rovers, and Luton Town. Sheffield United are eager to stay in top two in the standings, but beating Sunderland on the road is easier said than done. Taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. All Ben Osborn, Enda Stevens, Rhian Brewster, and Jack O’Connell remain on the sidelines with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Danny Batth):
At the age of 10 Danny Batth joined Wolverhampton football academy. He was soon named the captain of the Wolves youth team and nobody was surprised when he made his debut for the senior team. The defender, who was born on 21 September, 1990 scored nine goals in 140 league appearances for Wolverhampton, but it has to be noted that he played for the likes of Colchester United, Sheffield United and their bitter rivals Sheffield Wednesday on loan as well.
Danny Batth won the Football League One with Wolverhampton in the 2013/2014 season and, speaking of his individual awards, he was named Wolves Young Professional of the Year in the 2009/2010 campaign. Batth book his place in the 2013/2014 PFA League One Team of the Year as well. The 191-cm-tall centre back scored his first professional goal on 20 February in Colchester United’s 1-0 victory over Oldham Athletic.
Daniel Batth was born in Brierley Hill, West Midlands and he is the only footballer to play in all 46 matches for Wolves in the 2013/2014 season.
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.