Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Sheffield United will be aiming to build on a 2-0 win at Everton when they host Sunderland at their Bramall Lane on Wednesday evening. The Blades are eager to book their place in the last 16 of the League Cup and seeing that the Black Cats are not regarded as good travelers, we believe that home win should be considered. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be summer signing Lys Mousset, who opened his goal-scoring account in the 2-0 win over the Toffees.
Sunderland’s main goal is to secure automatic promotion to the Championship, meaning that they do not have big ambitions for the 2019/2020 Carabao Cup campaign. When the two teams met at Bramall Lane in the Championship in 2017 Sheffield United crushed Sunderland 3-0 and we are positive that the history is going to repeat itself.
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 (Sunderland):
Sunderland are a professional football club that have been playing their home games at the Stadium of Light since 1997. The capacity of the stadium is 49,000, but before expansion the original ground capacity was 42,000. Red and White shirts are Sunderland’s trademark and the club’s fiercest rivals are Newcastle United. The two local rivals have been contesting in the Tyne-Wear derby since 1898 and there have always been fireworks in what is one of the greatest derbies in English football. Sunderland were on the verge of dropping to the Championship in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign, but experienced tactician Sam Allardyce eventually helped the team avoid relegation.
The Black Cats have won six First Division trophies (now the Premier League), with the team lifting two FA Cup titles. Sunderland won their first FA Cup trophy in 1937, with the team beating Preston North End 3-1 in the title game. The club was founded in 1879 as Sunderland and District Teachers A.F.C.