Our prediction for this Premier League match:
Newcastle United are on a quest to bring glory days back to St. James’ Park and multi-billionaire Yasir Al-Rumayyan, who is set to become the club’s chairman, is surely capable of helping the Magpies meet the goal. Newcastle United did well to escape the danger zone thanks to a hard-fought win at Southampton, but they need to keep on raising their form if they are avoid the relegation.
Steve Bruce’s troops face a difficult task in Sunday’s football game against in-form Sheffield United, and, no doubt, they would be more than happy with one point from the game. The Blades aim to keep their Europa League hopes alive; therefore, we predict that they will go for a win in the St. James’ Park clash. Anyhow, share of spoils is on the cards as the Magpies are tough to beat at home. It has to be noted that there have been under 2.5 goals in 11 of Sheffield United’s last 12 games in the English top flight.
Highlighted Player (Jack Colback):
After spending nine years at Sunderland youth academy, Jack Colback signed a loan deal with Ipswich Town on 6 August, 2009. The left-footed midfielder, who is capable of playing at left back as well, made 37 appearances for the Championship side, scoring four goals in the English second tier.
Against all odds, Colback decided to sign for Sunderland’s bitterest rivals Newcastle United on 9 June, 2014 and it has to be noted he became the first player to move directly from Sunderland to Newcastle since 1998 when Lionel Perez did the same. In 2015 Sunderland fans created a sick banner depicting Colback hanging with a noose around his neck and that caused uproar on social media.
Colback and his teammates from Newcastle dropped to the Championship at the end of the 2015/2016 season, but he decided not to leave the club. Colback scored 5 goals in 64 appearances for Newcastle United in the Premier League. He is well known for his passing skills, he rarely gives the ball away and journalist often compare him with Italy ace Andrea Pirlo.
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.