Our prediction for this match:
Real Betis will be looking to build on a thrilling 5-2 win over DC United when they take on Sheffield United at Estadio do Algavre. Los Beticos are after their fourth consecutive win in all competitions and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in Friday’s friendly. Experienced midfielder Joaquin, who found the net in the 5-2 win over the MLS team, will be one of the men to watch in the La Liga side.
The Blades, on the other hand, kick-off their preparations for the 2019/2020 season as they secured promotion to the English top flight in the last season finale. Sheffield United footballers are likely to leave their hearts on the field in Friday’s football match, but seeing that the Andalusians impressed in their first warm-up game, we are tempted to put our money on the Spanish side.
Highlighted Player (Cristian Tello):
Cristian Tello is a pacey winger who made a great progress during his with Barcelona youth team. The “La Masia” product played for the Catalan giants at senior level as well and he made his debut for the Camp Nou outfit in a 1-0 win over L’Hospitalet (Copa del Rey) on November 9, 2011.
Tello scored 11 goals in 59 appearances for Barca in the Spanish top flight and it has to be noted that he played for the likes of Porto and Fiorentina on loan from 2014 to 2016. In the summer of 2017 he returned to Spain, signing a deal with Real Betis for a fee of €4 million. Cristian Tello is well known for his speed and brilliant technique and he is likely to play an important role in Quique Setien’s team in the 2017/2018 La Liga campaign.
The former Barcelona man made his debut for Spain national football team on August 14, 2013 in a 2-0 win over Ecuador and he represented La Roja at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
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.