Aston Villa were the surprise packages of last season after surviving the drop. Dean Smith has four signings and they were ready to fight for a Top 10 spot.
Both the sides would be looking to get the best possible start to their season; especially Sheffield who conceded twice and lost their first game. The match is going to be held at Villa Park on Monday.
Aston Villa has bolstered their side with the injection of new signings in Ollie Watkins, Bertrand Traoré, Emiliano Martinez and Matty Cash.
Watkins, who top-scored in the Championship last season, would be looking to carry his sublime form to the top tier.
The Blades conceded twice within 6 minutes and would require a stronger defensive performance to keep out the high flying Villa side.
Chris Wilder would be looking for that first win which would set the momentum for the remainder of the season.
Pre Match Analysis – Aston Villa
Aston Villa played 3 matches after the 2019/20 Premier League season came to an ended. Here is how they fared in those matches :
Wycombe Wanderers: 5-2 – Win
Manchester United: 1-0 – Win
Burton Albion: 3-1 – Win
Club record signing Ollie Watkins scored against Manchester United and Burton Albion which excited the supporters of the club.
Jack Grealish, who got his first call up for the English national team, would be looking to emulate his form from the previous season.
The Villans are looking really sharp and can punish Sheffield’s leaky defence on Sunday.
Pre Match Analysis – Sheffield United
Chris Wilder’s side had a disappointing start after losing to Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0. Aaron Ramsdale endured a difficult debut after a below par defensive display.
Sheffield’s stats from their previous match against Wolves :
1. Possession : 55% vs 45%
2. Total Shots : 9 vs 11
3. Possession Lost : 156 vs 131
4. Total Duels Won : 59 vs 69
5. Passing Accuracy : 81% (373/460) vs 79% (307/391)
6. Big Chances Missed : 1 vs 2
The Blades’ attacking force has to fire on all cylinders if they wish to have a chance in this fixture.
The stars of the previous season, John Egan and John Lundstram need to shine again this season to carry Sheffield’s cause of finishing in the top 10 again.
Team News – Aston Villa
New signing Emiliano Martinez will start between the sticks after winning the FA Cup in his final match for Arsenal.
English international Tyrone Mings will be paired with Ezri Konsa.
The young centrebacks would be flanked by Matt Targett and new arrival Matty Cash.
Dean Smith’s young defensive lineup would be looking to shut out Sheffield and keep a clean sheet.
In the midfield trio, Douglaz Luiz, John McGinn and Marvelous Nakamba would add firepower and an extra layer of protection to the back 4.
Jack Grealish, Bertrand Traoré and Ollie Watkins would complete the 4-3-3 formation and will be looking to light up the pitch with their attacking abilities.
Everyone is excited to see the Trio link-up and Aston Villa’s Lineup is pretty amazing this season.
Tom Heaton (knee), Bjorn Engles (quad), Wesley (knee)
Team News – Sheffield United
Former Bournemouth man Ramsdale would be looking to prove his worth after he was acquired in the transfer window.
The three-man defence would comprise of the rock-solid Chris Basham, Jack O’Connell and John Egan.
The trio looked solid in the previous season and they would be flanked by Enda Stevens and George Baldock in the wing-back positions.
The very potent John Lundstram would be partnered by Oliver Norwood and John Fleck in the midfield trio.
Lundstram would be looking to emulate his exploits from the previous season.
Oliver McBurnie and David McGoldrick would start as the strikers looking to get on the scoresheet.
Simon Moore (finger), Lys Mousset (foot)
Aston Villa VS Sheffield United – Our Predictions For The Fixture
Aston Villa 2 – 1 Sheffield United
We expect Ollie Watkins to provide an attacking return against the Blades.
For Sheffield United, Oliver McBurnie is touted to score a goal and would be looking to build on his impressive form.
It’s going to be an exciting fixture with lots of talent to offer something special today.
Aston Villa VS Sheffield United: Where and When To Watch
England – Sky Sports, BBC at 6:30 pm (GMT)
India – Star Sports Network, Disney+ Hotstar at 10:30 pm (IST)
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