Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
Sheffield United and Brighton take on each other at Bramall Lane in what is expected to be an interesting FA Cup game. The Blades have been showing signs of improvement of late, with the team crushing Gillingham 4-0 in the FA Cup, while sharing the spoils with West Ham United in their last league match. One thing is for sure, Chris Wilder’s men are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. Both Yasser Larouci and Anis Ben Slimane are on international duty, while forward Rhian Brewster is banned for the match.
The Seagulls, on the other hand, are undefeated in the previous five games in all competitions and given their attacking potential, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. Both Simon Adingra and Kaoru Mitoma are on international duty, while Igor is a major doubt. All Joel Veltman, Ansu Fati, Solly March, and Julio Enciso remain in the recovery room.
Highlighted Player (Joel Veltman):
Joel Veltman is a Dutch footballer who was born in Velsen on 15 January, 1992. Veltman started his youth career at VV Ijmuiden and in 2011 he was spotted by Ajax scouts. In the 2012/2013 Eredivisie campaign he played for the first team and he made seven league appearances for the Amsterdammers back then.
The centre back, who plays as a right back as well made six appearances for Jong Ajax as well, scoring one goal for the team in the Eerste Divisie. Veltman has 8 caps for Netherlands U20 team and he made his debut for the first team in November 2013 against Colombia. He started the match and he played 90 minutes in the goalless draw with the South American side.
Joel Veltman represented the Oranje at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. It has to be noted that the Dutch defender made 34 league appearances for Ajax in the 2015/2016 Eredivisie campaign, scoring one goal in the process. In the 2013/2014 season he won his second Eredivisie trophy with Ajax.
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.