Sheffield Utd vs Norwich PREVIEW & PREDICTION 18/08/2018


Two offensive teams face each other on Bramall Lane. Both Sheffield United and Norwich City often find the net. Nevertheless, the start of the season for both teams does not go as hoped. Does anyone know how to convince in Sheffield?

Sheffield United:

In the week in which it won for the first time this season (2-1 win on QPR), Sheffield United-trainer Chris Wilder has two extra things to be positive about. In the Carabao Cup match against Hull City, Oliver Oliver and Liverpool mercenary Ben Woodburn debuted for the first time in the shirt of The Blades. In a much more modified basic set-up compared to the match against QPR, the two newcomers left a positive impression.

Despite the loss of the game (1-1, loss after penalties), Wilder was optimistic afterwards: ‘You immediately see the quality of Norwood with his experience and quality and Ben (Woodburn) also showed his quality at times. He will become an important player for us this season ‘. Woodburn, normally left-wing, played against The Tigers in the midfield and seems to be there more often due to the usual 4-4-2 arrangement of The Blades.

In the front, the experienced strikers Leon Clarke and Billy Sharp still do not seem to have to be written off. Sharp shot against Hull City last week as a substitute and he also managed to find the net against QPR. With David McGoldrick as an extra force in the front and Ben Woodburn behind it, the attack of Sheffield United seems to become more and more dangerous.

Norwich City:

After the 2-2 draw on a visit to Birmingham City, Norwich City faced the tough challenge of defeating West Bromwich Albion on its own Carrow Road for the first win of the season. With Tim Krul in the base, The Canaries took the lead through Jordan Rhodes. Not long after, Krul caused a penalty and West Brom came back on the same level.

Krul was again in a negative way involved in a goal when he let the 1-2, a visibly stable shot, slip between his hands. The spectacular match eventually ended in 3-4 in favor of the away team. For City, Teemu Pukki and Grant Hanley scored. The latter scored the tying goal in the last ten minutes with a hard header, but The Canaries failed to repair the damage.

Due to the loss against The Baggies, Daniel Farke’s team now has only one run from the first two games. It is remarkable that only West Brom has more goals in total (for and against) in the first two games than City (eleven to twelve). Despite the few successful results The Canaries offer their fans enough entertainment.

PREDICTION: Sheffield Utd to win @ 2.00