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Sheffield United Preview (21/09/2020)

Just over three months ago, Aston Villa and Sheffield United restarted the Premier League campaign after months of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. June 17th 2020 feels so long ago after all that happened afterwards. Our breath-taking survival was still marred by ‘controversy’ according to some due to the ghost goal in which the Hawk Eye malfunctioned. The counter argument is clear. If Aston Villa had gone one behind, they would have changed their approach and may have equalised in the next few minutes negating the malfunction. Three months on, Aston Villa have taken that little ‘bit of luck’ in their side and strengthened their side with the addition of some fantastic new signings. We compare the two sides transfer dealings below.

Without being biased I think we’ve bought more quality into our squad than Sheffield United. I also feel that our biggest problem towards the latter end of last season was our lack of goal scoring threat which now, with our new signings, should become a strength. We’ve now added Ollie Watkins and Bertrand Traore with another expected shortly, this should add another two fantastic options.

Especially Ollie Watkins, he is going to be key to our performance this year and the link up with newly tied down Jack Grealish and other attacking players will be a big part of whether we are successful this season. The competition for places was something we lacked last year but that shouldn’t be a problem going forward.

We’ve added a top class goalkeeper in Emiliano Martinez who showcased how good of a goalkeeper he is during the stint of Leno being sidelined last year for the Gunners. Matty Cash also added competition and versatility being able to play in multiple positions.

Sheffield United have added a fantastic goalkeeper after Dean Henderson left but whether hes on the same level as Dean Henderson is yet to be seen. They’ve also raided the Championship for reinforcements. Jayden Bogle and Max Lowe both arriving from Derby County. Etham Ampadu arrives on loan from Chelsea and Oliver Burke joins in a swap deal with West Brom for Callum Robinson. Ismaila Coulibaly has signed and been loaned straight out and a number of players have been released by Sheffied United but no real fire power has been added to the side with them looking to be trusting Oli McBurnie to fire the goals they need.



Sheffield United have been defeated in their opening two games of the season. Losing at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers. They then went to Burnley and lost on penalties after drawing 1-1 in 90 minutes. It's not been the best performances from Sheffield United but they'll be eager to put things right against Aston Villa. This has been jokingly referred to as the Hawk Eye derby and it'll be interesting to see whether its turned on this time!


Aston Villa didn't play the opening round of fixtures after the club they were playing were allowed extra time to recover. Aston Villa's first competitive game of the season was a comfortable 3-1 win over Burton. After playing a second-string side plus one or two other like Ollie Watkins and Jack Grealish, we were able to get over the line courtesy of Jack Grealish thunderbolt of a volley and a lovely finish from Keinan Davis following a lovely curved run.


DC Prediction: Aston Villa 2 - 0 Sheffield United Goals: Ollie Watkins, Jack Grealish. JA Prediction: Aston Villa 1 - 0 Sheffield United Goals: Jack Grealish. BD Prediction: Aston Villa 2 - 1 Sheffield United

Goals: Ollie Watkins, John McGinn.


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